Qualifiers, LPGA and Symetra Tour stars set to compete for 2014 membership
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. December 2, 2013 – Vying for a coveted exempt LPGA Tour card for the 2014 season, 154 players will be put to the test this week at the LPGA Tour’s Final Qualifying Tournament at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. For 90 grueling holes it will be all or nothing, as only the top 20 players will earn their exempt LPGA Tour cards at the end of the week.
The top 20 qualifiers on Sunday will earn Category 12 status for the 2014 season on the LPGA Tour while players who finish 21st through 45 and ties will earn membership in Category 17. The final stage of Q-School will cut to the low 70 players and ties after 72 holes. All others who make the cut will receive Symetra Tour status.
This week’s field is well-represented on a global scale and is comprised of female golfers from 27 different countries and 30 states. Qualifiers from Stages I and II will be joined at the final stage of Q-school by 55 current LPGA Tour members attempting to improve their status for 2014, along with players finishing numbers 11-20 on the 2013 Symetra Tour money list (who do not already have LPGA status).
Headlining this week’s field is North Dakota State standout Amy Anderson, who won the Stage II Qualifying Tournament in Venice, Fla., by six strokes with rounds of 70-66-68-68 for a 16-under-par total of 272. The 21-year-old is a rookie on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour and won 20 collegiate titles as a member of the North Dakota State women’s golf team, surpassing Juli Inkster’s previous record of 17 collegiate victories.
Cheyenne Woods, who is the niece of Tiger Woods, made headlines last year when she qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open and played as a sponsor’s exemption at the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship. A member of the SunCoast Ladies Series Tour based in Florida, Woods notched her first professional victory last August at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kim Kaufmann, a Texas Tech graduate, took the Symetra Tour by storm after graduation and earned her first professional victory in just her third event at the Island Resort Championship in Harris, Mich. She went on to record three additional top-10 finishes and narrowly missed landing in the top 10 on the season-ending Symetra Tour money list, finishing at No. 12 just two spots away from earning her LPGA Tour Card.
Other top players in the field this week include China’s youngest professional golfer Xiyu Lin, who led the first round of Stage II LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament; 15 members of the 2013 LPGA Tour Rookie class; and Stage I medalist Laura Gonzalez-Escallon from La Hupe, Belgium who was a standout on the Purdue University women’s golf team.
The LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament will take place December 4-8, at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Topics: LPGA Qualifying Tournament