LPGA Qualifying Tournament – Stage II
Plantation Golf and Country Club (Bobcat and Panther Courses)
October 12, 2012
Katie Burnett Wins LPGA Qualifying Tournament
Brunswick, Ga. native Katie Burnett battled a pounding heart and rattling nerves to shoot a final-round 1-under par 71 and win the LPGA Qualifying Tournament stage two.
“I was pretty nervous to begin with,” said Burnett. “Not so much because I had a lead or anything but just nerves of everyone there and I was playing with one of the best European players.”
The Symetra Tour professional carded four birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey on the Plantation Golf and Country Club Bobcat Course to record a six-stroke victory over four-time winner on Ladies European Tour (LET), Melissa Reid.
“I’ve been a little nervous every morning just teeing off the first hole then it goes away after a few holes,” said Burnett. “This morning my heart was like pounding out of my chest.”
Burnett began Friday’s final round with a bogey at the par-3 third but quickly rebounded with birdies at the par-3 sixth and par-4 eighth to make the turn at 1-under par for the day.
The University of South Carolina graduate then recorded back-to-back birdies on the par-4 11th and par-3 12th until an unfortunate double-bogey at the par-4 18th dropped her back to 1-under par.
“I don’t even care that I made a double on the last hole,” said Burnett. “I played so good all week, one hole out of 72 holes doesn’t really bother me.”
The 22-year-old admittedly came into this week with the simple goal of landing inside the top-70 and advancing to next month’s final stage but a win was an added bonus.
“It’s nice,” said Burnett. “I kind of came here with that attitude but it’s nice and it’s a really good confidence boost going into final stage.”
Burnett will return to Sea Island, Ga. during the month long break to work on her game before competing against a first-class field at final stage.
“It’s going to be tough because there are awesome players there and the courses you can go low on,” said Burnett. “You’re going to have to play well.”
A total of 76 players will advance to the final stage in Daytona Beach, Fla. next month.
This week’s tournament was the second of the three-part annual qualifying tournament held to determine 2013 membership on both the LPGA and Symetra Tour. This year marks the second time all of the qualifying events will be staged in the state of Florida.
The final Stage III Q-school will be contested over 90 holes Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, on both the Champions and Legends courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2013 LPGA membership (total number of cards TBD) and all others who make the cut will receive Symetra Tour status.
Topics: LPGA USGA Girls Golf