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It’s the Final Countdown: Five Days until Ten Cards- Race by the Numbers

The 2012 Symetra Tour season marks the first time in history the Road to the LPGA will award the top-10 players in the Volvik Race for the Card 10 cards with equal, exempt status on the LPGA Tour for the 2013 season. With five days left until the lives of those 10 players are changed forever, symetratour.com will highlight an aspect of the season-long competition as the Race enters the last leg.

Let’s take a look at the Race by some notable numbers that distinguish the top-10 with one event remaining on the 2012 schedule.

2013 LPGA Tour Cards will be awarded at the conclusion of the Daytona Beach Invitational on September 30th. See what players will earn their cards and who will be competing on the LPGA next year. The entire Volvik Race for the Card ceremony will air on Monday, October 1st at 2pm ET on www.ustream.tv/lpga

Volvik Race for the Card Rankings: Through the Vidalia Championship
Rank Previous Player Money Events Played
1 3 Paola Moreno $50,293.00 11
2 1 Esther Choe $45,547.00 5
3 2 Victoria Elizabeth $43,416.00 15
4 15 Thidapa Suwannapura $41,905.00 12
5 4 Mi Hyang Lee $38,786.00 13
6 5 Julia Boland $37,142.00 15
7 7 Jenny Gleason $35,592.00 10
8 6 Jenny Suh $33,467.00 14
9 8 Nicole Smith $32,536.00 15
10 17 Sara-Maude Juneau $32,164.00 14

Players on the Brink:
Rank Previous Player Money Events Played
11 11 Jaclyn Sweeney $31,494.00 14
12 9 Sara Brown  $31,188.00 12
13 10 Leah Wigger $30,249.00 7
14 12 Olivia Jordan-Higgins $30,118.00 15
15 3 Jean Chua $29,781.00 15
16 14 Megan McChrystal $28,011.00 15
17 16 Kristie Smith $25,373.00 12
18 19 Birdie Kim $24,528.00 13
19 18 Misun Cho $24,395.00 9
20 20 Lauren Doughtie $23,535.00 15


The Race by the Numbers:

3- Different No. 1 ranked players in 2012. Megan McChrystal held the top spot for the first two weeks. Esther Choe then took over the No. 1 ranking following her win at the Riviera Nayarit Classic in Week 3 and the top spot for 12-consecutive weeks. With her runner-up finish last week at the Vidalia Championship, Paola Moreno bumped Choe down to No. 2 and took over the top ranking for the first time this season.

0- Players who have been ranked in the top-10 in all 15 weeks of the Race. Esther Choe and Nicole Smith are the only two players to have their names on the list 14 out of the 15 weeks. Choe was left off Week 1 after missing the season-opening Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. Smith dropped out after the Island Resort Championship in Week 7 but regained her ranking after finishing third the next week at the Northeast Delta Dental International.

3- Rookies ranked in the current Volvik Race for the Card Rankings. Mi Hyang Lee was ranked in the top 10 for the first seven weeks of the season but dropped out after a mid-season slump. The South Korean reentered the Race at No. 4 two weeks ago after she recorded her first-career victory at the Symetra Classic. Lee was not in the field in Georgia last week due to playing in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. and got bumped down to No. 5. Julia Boland sits one spot behind Lee at No. 6 and reached as high as No. 3 after her win at the Four Winds Invitational in Week  11, which awarded her $22,500, the largest winner’s check on tour this season. Thidapa Suwannapura rounds out the top rookies and moved her way into the Race for the first time this season with a victory at last week’s Vidalia Championship. The Thailand native jumped from No. 15 to No. 4 with her first-career win, which she captured in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff.

6- Countries represented in the current Race rankings. There are five Americans (five different states), one player from Colombia, one from Thailand, one from South Korea, one from Australia and one from Canada.

4- Players who have remained in the rankings since the halfway point of the season, after the Northeast Delta Dental International. Esther Choe (Halfway-No. 1/Now- No. 2), Nicole Smith (No. 3/No. 9), Victoria Elizabeth (No. 6/ No. 3) and Jenny Gleason (No. 9/No. 7).

7- Players ranked in the current top-10 who have a victory this year. Jenny Suh, Nicole Smith and Sara-Maude Juneau are the only three players still looking for their first wins in 2012.

3- Players in the top-10 who have Symetra Tour victories on their resumes prior to the 2012 season. Paola Moreno won the 2010 Texas Hill Country Classic, Jenny Suh won the 2009 Alliance Bank Golf Classic and Jenny Gleason won the 2005 Lima Memorial Hospital FUTURES Classic and the 2005 Michelob ULTRA FUTURES Charity Golf Classic. Gleason is the only player to have three career victories to her name.

7- Players who have won this season but are currently ranked outside the top-10. No. 11 Jaclyn Sweeney, No. 12 Sara Brown, No. 13 Leah Wigger, No. 16 Megan McChrystal, No. 17 Kristie Smith, No. 19 Misun Cho and No. 20 Lauren Doughtie have all notched victories in 2012 but are all on the outside looking in with one event remaining.

5- Players in the top-10 who also have status on the LPGA Tour. Paola Moreno, Thidapa Suwannapura (rookie), Mi Hyang Lee (rookie), Jenny Suh and Jenny Gleason all had conditional status on the LPGA in 2012 but are looking to earn exempt status for the 2013 LPGA Tour season.

6- Players in the top-10 who played collegiate golf. Four different conferences are represented in the Race with the Southeastern Conference getting three appearances: SEC (Boland-Texas A&M, Suh- Alabama, Smith-Tennessee); Pac-12 (Moreno-USC); Southern (Gleason-UNC-Greensboro); and Big East (Juneau- Louisville).

6- Players in the current rankings who dropped out of the top-10 at some point in the season but have made their way back into the Race.  Maude-Juneau is the only player to have dropped out of the top-10 twice and played her way back into the rankings.


  Week Entered Week Dropped Out Week Reentered
Paola Moreno  5 7 11
Victoria Elizabeth  4 6 8
Mi Hyang Lee 1 8 14
Jenny Gleason 8 9 12
Nicole Smith 1 7 8
Sara-Maude Juneau 1 8 9
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Topics: Symetra Tour

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