First of three stages to determine 2014 LPGA and Symetra Tour playing status
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., August 26, 2013 – The first stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament kicks off this week and returns to the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. for the first time since 2010. Home to the LPGA’s first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the course will play host to 245 female golfers who are on the quest to earn status on the LPGA and Symetra Tours for the 2014 season.
This week’s event is the first stage of the three-part annual qualifying series which determines 2014 membership on both the LPGA and Symetra Tours. This week’s field features a diverse group of talented amateur and professional golfers from around the world, representing 30 different countries and 38 states in the U.S.
Highlighting this week’s field are a few names already familiar to the golf world including University of Texas graduate Madison Pressel, Wake Forest standout Cheyenne Woods and former LPGA Tour pro Angela Park.
Pressel, who is the younger sister of LPGA professional Morgan Pressel, made her LPGA debut earlier this year when she was a collegiate qualifier for the North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving, Texas. A recent graduate from the University of Texas, Pressel was the 2011 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year.
Woods made headlines last season 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 the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The 2007 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, Park returns to professional golf after a two year hiatus and seeks to recover her LPGA Tour status. The Brazilian earned her LPGA Tour card at the 2006 Final Qualifying Tournament after spending a year on the Symetra Tour. During her four-year career, Park notched three top-5 finishes in major championship play with a career-best finish tie for second at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open.
Other top hopefuls in the field this week include: Bahamas native Georgette Rolle (Texas Southern University collegiate golfer and 2013 sponsor invite at the Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic), New York’s Kelly Shon (Princeton University standout) and China’s Yueer “Cindy” Feng (2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up).
The tournament begins Tuesday with groups teeing off on both the Palmer and Dinah Shore Courses and will play over four days with the final round on Friday. Players who finish within the top-100 this week will advance to the second stage of the Qualifying Tournament which will be played at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla., and will unfold October 8-11, 2013.
Stage III of the Qualifying Tournament will be contested over 90 holes Dec. 4-8, on both the Champions and Legends courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2014 LPGA membership (total number of cards TBD) and all others who make the cut will receive Symetra Tour status.
Topics: LPGA Qualifying Tournament