March 7 2013, Ward Clayton
|Beatriz Recari hails from Pamplona, Spain, famous for the “Running of the Bulls” each summer. However, the 25-year-old LPGA player has no use for that rough and tumble event. Instead, she claims one of her favorite pastimes is “traveling to different countries and learning about the different cultures.”
That endeavor has proven to be hectic as well, evidenced by Recari’s current 2½-year streak of consecutive LPGA starts – including 18 months without a missed cut – that has rightly earned her the nickname, “Iron Woman.” Take a look:
- Recari has played in 55 consecutive LPGA tournaments, dating back to the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational. She did not play in the 2010 LPGA Hana Bank Championship in South Korea or the Mizuno Classic in Japan in late October-early November of her rookie season before playing every event on the schedule.
- The streak includes all 23 events on the 2011 schedule and all 27 in 2012. The 2012 slate includes participation in the LPGA Brasil Cup, a 36-hole unofficial LPGA tournament in Brazil. That would make 28-for-28 in 2012 events that included the LPGA logo.
- Recari has not missed a cut in 35 straight LPGA tournaments, going back to the September 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic where she shot 78-75.
- Recari led the LPGA in rounds played in 2012 with 99. In 2011, she played 74 rounds with four missed cuts (Stacy Lewis led the way with 81 rounds played). Mardi Lunn played a modern record 111 rounds in the 1999 LPGA season when there were a record 43 tournaments on the schedule.
- Her 55-tournament start streak includes tournaments in the United States, Thailand, Singapore, France, Canada, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Scotland, Australia, England and Mexico.
- Lest you think the rigors of the road have negatively affected Recari, check out her recent record. She has top-10 finishes in three of her last six LPGA starts and began the 2013 slate with a T4 in Australia, a T3 in Thailand and a T24 in Singapore. The 2013 start includes only one round over par.
- Recari started 2013 with four consecutive events – the New Zealand Women’s Open (a T9) and the three LPGA events. She is off this week before resuming play at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Arizona.
|“Last year, I take a lot of positives with making every single cut and I played every tournament,” Recari said in Thailand. “That obviously gave me a lot of confidence because I was very consistent but I set up some high goals for this year. … I just want to be in contention more than I was last year and hopefully get some wins as well.”
Recari has a long way to go to reach the all-time streak of consecutive starts. Dana Quigley played in 264 consecutive tournaments on the Champions Tour for men age 50-over from 1998-2005.