Each week throughout 2012, we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life - both on and off the course. Keep coming back each day to learn more about Veronica Felibert.
Felibert making presence felt during first LPGA Tour season
BY NEAL REID
For months, Veronica Felibert was just another LPGA Tour rookie looking to find her way among the best players in the world.
Then came three glorious days in Arkansas in late June, early July.
Felibert, the only player on Tour who hails from Venezuela, led two rounds of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G before notching a career-best tie for fourth place during a weekend she still beams about.
Felibert put together rounds of 65 and 66 and held both the 18- and 36-hole leads before her swing failed her in the final round and she fought her way to a closing 72 that left her two strokes behind winner Ai Miyazato. Many players would be discouraged by the finish, but not Felibert, who appreciated her time in the spotlight.
“Wow, what an amazing experience,” said Felibert, who has earned $100,324 this season. “It was so much fun – nerve-racking, but fun. I loved every minute of it. More>>
From last to first? Early on Sunday, Venezuelan Veronica Felibert found herself second on the week’s alternate list and was uncertain if she would be playing in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. It wasn’t until 5:00 p.m. Sunday night that Felibert learned the good news that she gained entry into this week’s field.
“Well, I was planning on playing the Monday qualifier so I flew in Sunday night from Canada,” said Felibert. “But by 5:00 p.m. I was already in because of the four spots of the Hall of Famer, something like that, so I got in and I'm here.”
Each week the LPGA holds spots for the previous week’s winner and Hall of Fame member and on Sunday night, two spots were released earning Felibert entry into her fifth official LPGA Tournament of the year.
A former member of the Symetra Tour and a rookie on this year’s LPGA Tour, Felibert’s first-round 6-under-par 65 marks her first round in the 60s this year. Coming off three consecutive missed cuts, Felibert didn’t hide her excitement at finding herself in the lead after one round of the 54-hole event.“Well, I'm enjoying it,” said Felibert. “It's like a dream to be on top all the time, so it's my rookie season, I was trying to just playing the best I could and that's what I'm doing, and as long as I'm enjoying it, I'll be happy.”