Player Quotes: Suzanne Strudwick | Natalie Gulbis | Jeanne-Marie Busuttil
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 13, 2001 - The deck has been shuffled and all cards dealt at the LPGA's Final Qualifying Tournament. Taking the top card was nine-year LPGA veteran Suzanne Strudwick after rolling out a seven-under-par 281 (69-71-69-72). France's Jeanne-Marie Busuttil stacked up second, finishing four strokes back at three-under-par 285 (71-73-71-70). Strudwick and Busuttil were among 18 players to pick up an LPGA exempt card for 2002 season, while 40 others grabbed conditional cards (non-exempt status).
Strudwick, entering the final round with a five-stroke lead at seven-under-par, went out with a pair of front-nine bogeys (three and four) and posted a two-over-par 38. She came back on the back-nine with two birdies (10 and 18) to be two-under-par 34 for her final nine holes and even for the day. The Englander, who arrived at the tournament 108th on the 2001 money list with $54,405, looks forward to trying out her new card next year.
After playing on the Futures Tour for three years, Busuttil moved herself into the big league after shooting a two-under-par 70 in the final round. She was one-under-par after the first-nine-holes with one bogey (five) and two birdies (seven and eight). She played the back nine at one-under-par as well with a single birdie on the 15th hole.
Eighteen-year-old Natalie Gulbis finished tied for third place at 286 (-2) along with Smriti Mehra, Suzy Green, JoAnne Mills. Gublis, who qualified for the tournament after winning the Sectional Qualifier in Venice, Fla., shot an even final round with four birdies (seven, 11, 12 and 15), two bogeys (eight and 18) and a double-bogey (10).
Six players, who finished at 291 (+3), battled it out for the last four exempt cards in a three-hole playoff. In the end, Natascha Fink, Namika Omata, Carmen Hajjar and Sun Hee Lee earned exempt status while Jenny Park-Choi and Candie Kung earned two of the 40 non-exempt spots for next year.
Amy Dahle recorded a hole-in-one on hole 15 from 147 yards with a 7-iron. Despite her ace, Dahle finished at ten-over-par 298 (77-74-74-73) and did not earn an LPGA card.
The 2002 rookie class will include 24 players. Busuttil, Mills, Gulbis, Shiho Katano, Omata and Lee will have exempt status while 18 others will have conditional (non-exempt) status.
LPGA INTERNATIONAL-LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6431
1 Suzanne Strudwick 69-71-69-72 281 -7 $6,000
2 Jean-Marie Busuttil 71-73-71-70 285 -3 $5,000
3 JoAnne Mills 70-74-72-70 286 -2 $4,400
3 Smriti Mehra 70-71-75-70 286 -2 $4,400
3 Suzy Green 71-74-69-72 286 -2 $4,400
3 Natalie Gulbis 69-76-69-72 286 -2 $4,400
7 Connie Masterson 75-75-68-69 287 -1 $3,750
7 Ashli Bunch 71-71-74-71 287 -1 $3,750
9 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 74-73-70-71 288 E $3,000
10 Siew-Ai Lim 73-74-72-70 289 +1 $2,083
10 Jenna Daniels 74-74-70-71 289 +1 $2,083
10 Beth Bader 68-74-74-73 289 +1 $2,083
13 Shiho Katano 73-75-74-68 290 +2 $1,600
13 Tonya Gill 68-72-76-74 290 +2 $1,600
15 #Natascha Fink 75-74-74-68 291 +3 $ 241
15 #Namika Omata 71-77-74-69 291 +3 $ 241
15 #Carmen Hajjar 77-71-73-70 291 +3 $ 241
15 # Sun Hee Lee 73-74-70-74 291 +3 $ 241
NON-EXEMPT CONDITIONAL STATUS
1 Jenny Park-Choi 75-75-73-68 291 +3 $ 241
2 Candie Kung 68-71-78-74 291 +3 $ 241
*Johanna Head 75-75-72-70 292 +4
3 Mayumi Nakajima 76-71-73-72 292 +4
*Marilyn Lovander 74-73-71-74 292 +4
4 Jane Egan 74-71-72-75 292 +4
5 Elizabeth Bowman 75-74-76-68 293 +5
6 Karen Davies 76-80-67-70 293 +5
7 Ara Koh 72-77-72-72 293 +5
8 Lora Fairclough 71-73-77-72 293 +5
9 Diane Irvin 74-72-73-74 293 +5
10 ++Erika Wicoff
11 Amy Read 74-70-75-74 293 +5
12 Caroline Hall 76-78-70-70 294 +6
13 Asa Gottmo 77-70-76-71 294 +6
14 Miriam Nagl 75-72-76-71 294 +6
15 Ana Sanchez 74-75-72-73 294 +6
16 Clarissa Childs 75-71-75-73 294 +6
17 Minny Yeo 74-71-76-73 294 +6
18 Michelle Bell 72-72-77-73 294 +6
19 Hilary Homeyer 77-72-71-74 294 +6
20 Giulia Sergas 78-69-72-75 294 +6
21 Catherine Cartwright 71-72-76-75 294 +6
22 ++Oh-Yeon Kwon
23 Nicole Jeray 78-74-70-73 295 +7
*Jennifer Hubbard 71-77-74-73 295 +7
24 Loraine Lambert 74-72-74-75 295 +7
*Laurie Brower 71-74-73-77 295 +7
25 Michele Vinieratos 76-76-72-72 296 +8
26 Joan Delk 74-76-73-73 296 +8
27 Marine Monnet 73-75-74-74 296 +8
28 Kimberley Augusta 79-70-72-75 296 +8
29 Angie Rizzo 75-74-72-75 296 +8
*Kris Lindstrom 77-73-70-76 296 +8
30 Stephanie Keever 76-74-69-77 296 +8
31 Kim Shipman 75-73-77-72 297 +9
32 Amy Langhals 77-74-73-73 297 +9
33 Marlene Hedblom 77-72-75-73 297 +9
34 Jill Gomric 77-74-70-76 297 +9
35 Michelle Louviere 75-70-76-76 297 +9
36 Pamela Wright 72-73-76-76 297 +9
37 Nicole Dalkas 66-77-77-77 297 +9
Cutoff for non-exempt status
59 Jennifer Brody 77-74-74-73 298 +10 $0
59 Amy Dahle 76-74-75-73 298 +10 $0
59 Raquel Carriedo 76-74-73-75 298 +10 $0
59 Reilley Rankin 71-76-75-76 298 +10 $0
59 Joan Pitcock 75-70-73-80 298 +10 $0
64 Nicole Materne 75-76-74-74 299 +11 $0
64 Annette DeLuca 73-79-71-76 299 +11 $0
66 Leigh Ann Mills 75-77-73-75 300 +12 $0
66 Anna Acker Macosko 72-74-79-75 300 +12 $0
66 LaRee Pearl Sugg 75-80-69-76 300 +12 $0
69 Jennifer Feldott 77-77-71-76 301 +13 $0
69 Caroline Gowan 76-76-73-76 301 +13 $0
69 Amanda Moltke Leth 79-75-70-77 301 +13 $0
69 Lynnette Brooky 76-74-72-79 301 +13 $0
73 Lisa DePaulo 76-76-73-77 302 +14 $0
73 Kate MacIntosh 78-72-75-77 302 +14 $0
75 Patti Liscio 72-78-75-78 303 +15 $0
75 Nicolle Flood 74-75-75-79 303 +15 $0
77 Juli Hilton 67-78-80-81 306 +18 $0
Lori Atsedes 76-78-72 226 CUT
Tish Certo 73-79-74 226 CUT
Dodie Mazzuca 77-74-75 226 CUT
Michele Fuller 76-75-75 226 CUT
Iben Tinning 75-76-75 226 CUT
Soo-Yun Kang 73-75-78 226 CUT
Chris Greatrex 77-76-74 227 CUT
Heather Zakhar 75-78-74 227 CUT
Michelle Murphy 79-73-76 228 CUT
Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 78-74-76 228 CUT
Lisa Strom 76-75-77 228 CUT
Lindsay Steelman 80-75-74 229 CUT
Kelly McLain 79-76-74 229 CUT
Jean Zedlitz 76-79-74 229 CUT
Lisa Hackney 77-77-75 229 CUT
Melanie Curtin 81-72-76 229 CUT
Allison Finney 74-79-76 229 CUT
Katie Bakken 79-73-77 229 CUT
Lori West 77-75-77 229 CUT
Shannon Hanley 77-74-78 229 CUT
Carrie Vaughan 73-78-78 229 CUT
Jaejean Ro 77-81-72 230 CUT
Jody Niemann Dansie 80-77-73 230 CUT
Kelly Cap 77-80-73 230 CUT
Corinne Dibnah 75-81-74 230 CUT
Michelle Ellis 77-77-76 230 CUT
Kathleen Takaishi 78-75-77 230 CUT
Sue Thomas 78-72-80 230 CUT
Susan Wright 73-75-82 230 CUT
Colleen Cashman 78-79-74 231 CUT
Christel Tomori 83-73-75 231 CUT
Brooke Lowrance 76-78-77 231 CUT
Susan Ginter 76-77-78 231 CUT
Angie Ridgeway 75-77-79 231 CUT
Lisa Chang 82-76-74 232 CUT
Melinda Daniels-Price 75-82-75 232 CUT
Nancy Harvey 79-74-79 232 CUT
Stacy Orschell 80-77-76 233 CUT
Krista Bartlett 78-79-76 233 CUT
Mary Kay Marino 79-77-77 233 CUT
Marcy Newton 78-76-79 233 CUT
Teresa Ishiguro 79-77-78 234 CUT
Michelle Dobek 82-81-72 235 CUT
Tina Tombs 79-80-77 236 CUT
Ju Yun Kim 83-77-77 237 CUT
Charlaine Coetzee Hirst 76-84-77 237 CUT
Anne-Marie Knight 86-71-80 237 CUT
Donna Wilkins 83-78-77 238 CUT
Ashley Winn 80-77-83 240 CUT
Irene Yeoh 82-82-78 242 CUT
Sue Fogleman 82-79-82 243 CUT
Nan Kyong Ha 82 82 WD
Marie-Josee Rouleau 77-88 165 WD
* Player already has a status higher than conditional
# Won exempt status in three-hole playoff
++ 2001 Medical Extension
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Suzanne Strudwick, 69-71-69-72=281 (-7)
Scorecard: Hole #1, 374-yard par-4; bogey - three-putt, missed an eight-footer for par.
Hole #4, 371-yard par-4; bogey - second shot in water, drop, approach to four feet, made four-footer for bogey.
Hole #10, 363-yard par-4; birdie - 5-iron to 15 feet.
Hole #18, 380-yard par-4; birdie - 7-iron to five feet.
Re: How did you play today?
SS: Today was not as steady as the first three days. You always have one round that's not as good as the other three, but I'll take it. My short game saved me today. The last three rounds, I was solid from tee to green, but today was a little different. I just took it one shot at a time.
Re: What are you going to do to celebrate?
SS: I'm going to celebrate with my brother next week in Chicago. He works for a software company.
Re: Can you talk about your last putt on 18?
SS: There were a few nerves. This is a win, so it's nice to have that in mind. It's hard to know what's going on with no scoreboards. There's always a fear factor, but I was calm.
Re: What happened on the fourth hole?
SS: I hit my second shot in the water. I had about 119 for the next shot and hit it to about three or four feet. I made that for bogey, which was big and kind of jump-started me again.
Re: What are you going to do during the next few months
with all your time off?
SS: I'm going to visit my brother next week in Chicago and have a week of vacation. Then we're having a Continental day in Houston with all the players who are sponsored by Continental. It's kind of an end-of-the-year bash with a pro-am. Then I'm going home to England the first part of December and will be back here in January. I have a condo in St. Petersburg, so I'll be there practicing in January.
Re: How do you feel about being exempt for next year?
SS: I'm really looking forward to it. This year I had a few mental lapses and lapses with my swing. Next year I'll be looking to start with confidence. Joe Barry will be with me on the bag next year and she works in a factory, so she'll be glad that she won't have to work in a factory next year.
Scorecard: Hole #5, 366-yard par-4; bogey - right of green,
no up and down
Hole #8, 487-yard par-5; birdie - 11-iron to three feet
Hole #9, 369-yard par-4; birdie - 9-iron to 12 feet
Hole #15, 158-yard par-3; birdie - 8-iron to eight feet
JB: It's funny because I don't feel like it's over. I was pretty nervous the last six holes. I don't think it has really sunk in yet.
Re: What did you do differently this year to make you play
JB: I took Pete with me! He is my boyfriend, coach, caddie and best friend. It was very nice to have someone to share my decisions with, it made me feel much more confident. My swing didn't every get too off. He traveled to all the tournaments with me this year. Sometimes when I am on my own I'm not sure what I should do and he helps me keep focused.
Re: What are you going to do to celebrate?
JB: I'm going to Disney World. I will celebrate with my friends.
Re: How did you feel about your play this whole week?
JB: I felt in the beginning of the week that I was throwing away some shots in my putting, but then I would look at the results I saw everyone was throwing some shots. The last two days I was playing really good and putting really well.
Re: How do you feel about making it to the LPGA Tour?
NG: It's a little overwhelming right now. I've always wanted this, and I knew I could do it.
Re: How did winning in Venice help you with this week?
NG: I didn't expect to do that well but winning in Venice gave me a boost of confidence.
Re: How did this week feel?
NG: I thought it would be worse. I had friends to relax me and my caddie keeps me calm. I didn't get real high or low. He's good at keeping me even.
Re: What kind of deals have you gotten?
NG: I signed with Taylor Made/Adidas the night before this tournament. They have been working on some great clubs for me and made me a putter.
Re: You are going to be one of the youngest players out
on the Tour, how do you feel about that?
NG: My father will travel with me. He's my coach too, he might caddie some but not all the tournaments.
Re: Who is your caddie now?
NG: He is a family friend from Sacramento.
Re: Where will you live?
NG: I'll live with my family in Sacramento. I want to stay at home with my family and friends.
Re: You have played in an LPGA event before?
NG: I Monday qualified for the Longs Drugs when I was fourteen (1997) and another year, and I have played in the Open.
Re: Why did you leave college?
NG: I just didn't want to play college golf anymore. This is what I wanted to do right now.
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24 Futures Tour players qualify for LPGA Tour
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 13, 2001 - Led by Jeanne-Marie Busuttil of Chantilly, France, 24 SBC FUTURES Tour players qualified for the 2002 LPGA Tour at the LPGA's Final Qualifying Tournament held on the 6,431-yard LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Busuttil fired a final-round 70 (-2) to finish second overall at 285 (-3), earning exempt status to next year's LPGA Tour. She was four strokes behind tournament winner, Suzanne Strudwick of Stafford, England, whose even par 72 final round gave her a tournament total of 281 (-7). In addition to Busuttil, Connie Masterson of Mount Plymouth, Fla., Jenna Daniels of Bonita, Calif., Tonya Gill of Nashville, Tenn., and Namika Omata of Tokyo, Japan, each placed among the top-18 and also gained exempt status to the 2002 LPGA Tour. Nineteen other SBC FUTURES Tour players received non-exempt conditional status by finishing among the next 35 players and ties.
Busuttil, winner of this year's M&T Bank Loretto FUTURES Golf Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., entered the final round in fourth place, with a three-day total of 215 (-1), six strokes behind third-round leader Strudwick. Beginning the final round in the second to last group, Busuttil carded birdies on holes eight, nine and 15, making respective three, 12 and 18-foot putts. Her only bogey of the round came on the par four 366-yard fifth hole, after she chipped the ball to six feet and missed the putt.
"I cannot believe this is over and I reached my goal," smiled the 25-year-old Busuttil, who finished fifth on the SBC FUTURES Tour Money List with $45,166. "I was nervous on the final six holes and I felt like I was throwing away a lot of my shots. But my putting was solid and I was very focused, which really paid off. I credit my success to Pete, who is my caddie, my coach and my boyfriend. He traveled with me for the entire season and really helped me become a better player."
In 19 starts this year, Busuttil posted 12 top-10 finishes on the SBC FUTURES Golf Tour, including one win and two runner-up finishes. The Arizona State University graduate joined the SBC FUTURES Golf Tour in 1999 and is ranked 20th on the all-time Career Money Leaders List.
Tonya Gill of Nashville, Tenn., shot a final round 74 (+2), for a tournament total of 290 (+2), finishing tied for 13th. Gill, who began on the front nine, bogeyed holes one, six, nine, and she double- bogeyed number seven, turning at 41 (+5). She continued on the back nine with birdies on holes 10, 14 and 18 to end at two-over-par for the day.
"I was upset with my play on the front nine, but I was able to turn it around," stated Gill, a former member of the LPGA Tour in 1995 whose best finish this year was a tie for 10th at the FUTURES Golf Classic at Green Mountain National in Killington, Vt. "I was striking the ball very well for the last four days and I am pleased with how I played. I am really excited that I am finally returning to the LPGA."
All 24 players who qualified this week accompany SBC FUTURES Tour players Beth Bauer of Tampa, Fla., Angela Buzminski of Oshawa, Ontario, and Jung Yeon Lee of Seoul, Korea, as members of the 2002 LPGA Tour. The trio earned exempt status by placing among the top-three on the SBC FUTURES Tour Money List following the Betty Puskar FUTURES Golf Classic in mid-August.