Final Qualifying Tournament Results 2005

The LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament starts November 30, 2005 and ends December 4, 2005 at LPGA International Legends and Champions courses, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The tournament is a 90-hole event.

Field: A field of 140 players are competing for 24 exempt cards and 35 non-exempt cards. The field is made up of 63 players from the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments, 10 players from the Futures Tour money list and 67 current LPGA Tour members attempting to regain or improve their status.

Format: The first 72 holes are played on both The Champions and The Legends courses. A cut is made after 72 holes to the low 70 players and ties. The final round of the competition is held on the Legends course.

 

QUALIFYING SCHOOL FINAL DAYTONA BEACH FL 2005
DAYTONA BEACH FL
11/30/2005 - 12/4/2005
PURSE: $50,000
LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6461
CHAMPIONS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6393


NAME SCORES
MONEY
Exempt Status
1 Ai Miyazato 66-69-70-66-72 343 -17 $6,000
2 Libby Smith 75-70-73-68-69 355 -5 $4,875
2 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 70-68-74-72-71 355 -5 $4,875
4 Brooke Tull 73-70-72-70-71 356 -4 $4,375
4 Katie Futcher 71-72-69-71-73 356 -4 $4,375
6 Julieta Granada 73-72-71-71-70 357 -3 $3,866
6 Morgan Pressel 66-75-75-71-70 357 -3 $3,866
6 Kate Golden 72-71-71-69-74 357 -3 $3,866
9 Na Ri Kim 76-70-74-68-70 358 -2 $2,750
9 Shinobu Moromizato 74-70-72-72-70 358 -2 $2,750
11 Diana Ramage 74-75-73-68-69 359 -1 $1,875
11 Louise Stahle 71-72-69-73-74 359 -1 $1,875
13 Meredith Duncan 69-76-74-71-70 360 E $1,650
14 Allison Hanna 73-72-73-71-72 361 +1 $1,500
14 Becky Iverson 70-72-72-74-73 361 +1 $1,500
16 Alena Sharp 74-72-75-72-69 362 +2  
16 Angie Rizzo 72-72-72-75-71 362 +2  
16 Sae-Hee Son 73-72-74-71-72 362 +2  
16 Jessica Reese-Qualye 72-72-75-71-72 362 +2  
16 Karin Sjodin 69-73-72-75-73 362 +2  
16 Nina Reis 71-70-76-69-76 362 +2  
22 # Seol-An Jeon 71-74-74-73-71 363 +3  
22 # Christi Cano 71-73-74-72-73 363 +3  
22 # Brittany Lang 70-72-75-73-73 363 +3  
Non-exempt Status
  * Mardi Lunn 75-72-74-71-71 363 +3  
1 Clarissa Childs 75-72-70-70-76 363 +3  
2 Teresa Lu 70-73-73-71-76 363 +3  
  * Erica Blasberg 77-74-69-66-77 363 +3  
3 Naree Song 70-76-73-74-71 364 +4  
4 Kelly Lagedrost 73-72-76-70-73 364 +4  
5 Jenny Gleason 73-74-71-73-73 364 +4  
6 Aram Cho 71-74-71-74-74 364 +4  
  * Nicole Jeray 70-75-69-71-79 364 +4  
7 Mhairi McKay 73-74-71-77-70 365 +5  
8 Hana Kim 72-76-73-73-71 365 +5  
9 Minea Blomqvist 75-76-70-71-73 365 +5  
10 Stacy Snider 73-75-72-72-73 365 +5  
11 Beth Allen 75-70-74-71-75 365 +5  
  * Kelli Kuehne 75-73-74-72-72 366 +6  
12 Carri Wood 72-78-74-69-73 366 +6  
13 Kim Hall 71-73-76-73-73 366 +6  
14 Ha-Na Chae 76-71-72-74-73 366 +6  
15 Angela Jerman 74-75-69-75-73 366 +6  
16 Natalie Tucker 72-74-73-73-74 366 +6  
17 Veronica Zorzi 72-72-72-72-78 366 +6  
18 Meredith Ward 75-71-78-71-72 367 +7  
19 Celeste Troche 73-75-75-74-71 368 +8  
20 Susie Parry 75-72-74-76-71 368 +8  
21 D'Rae Ward 73-77-72-73-73 368 +8  
  * Maggie Will 72-75-74-73-74 368 +8  
22 Allison Fouch 72-72-75-74-75 368 +8  
  * Kris Tamulis 74-74-73-71-76 368 +8  
23 Ashley Hoagland 74-72-71-75-76 368 +8  
24 Cecilia Ekelundh 77-75-76-69-72 369 +9  
  ++ Kathy Choi-Rogers      
25 Sarah Martin 73-75-77-72-72 369 +9  
26 Hye Choi 72-77-74-73-73 369 +9  
27 Rebecca Coakley 70-77-75-71-76 369 +9  
  * Jenna Daniels 76-74-73-69-77 369 +9  
28 Sarah Jane Kenyon 71-75-67-77-79 369 +9  
29 Linda Ishii 79-72-78-68-73 370 +10  
30 Bernadette Luse 75-75-74-72-74 370 +10  
31 Kim Brozer 71-76-76-73-74 370 +10  
  ++ Kelly Cap      
32 Danielle Downey 70-77-78-68-77 370 +10  
33 May Wood 68-73-76-76-77 370 +10  
  * Audra Burks 72-76-76-73-74 371 +11  
34 Annie Young 71-75-76-75-74 371 +11  
  * Catherine Cartwright 74-76-75-71-75 371 +11  
35 Linda Wessberg 76-69-74-74-78 371 +11  
36 Meaghan Francella 72-76-72-72-79 371 +11  
Cutoff for non-exempt status
  * Cathy Johnston-Forbes 74-72-79-72-75 372 +12  
  Adrienne Gautreaux 71-77-78-70-76 372 +12  
  Joanne Mills 69-75-76-76-76 372 +12  
  Minny Yeo 77-75-71-72-77 372 +12  
  Kristen Samp 73-75-72-77-76 373 +13  
  Janell Howland 74-74-78-71-77 374 +14  
  Malinda Johnson 74-76-76-71-78 375 +15  

# Won exempt status in a three-hole playoff
* Player already has non-exempt status
++ 2005 Medical extension

 

LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
LPGA International; Legends Course
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dec. 4, 2005

Final-round leader quotes: Ai Miyazato | Morgan Pressel

Miyazato earns medalist honors with 12-shot victory at LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
Seven players battled for final three exempt spots

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 4, 2005 - Ai Miyazato not only earned her exempt card for the 2006 LPGA Tour, but she also broke a 20-year-old qualifying tournament record with a 12-shot victory at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Sunday.

"I'm very relieved about the tournament, but I wasn't able to play too well today, so I'm still a little bit disappointed," said the 20-year-old star from Japan following her round. "I wanted to go for 20-under, but I guess I got overcome by pressure, so I need to work on that area of my game."

Miyazato, 66-69-70-66-72=343 (-17), did not have to face too much pressure as she entered the final round with a 12-shot advantage. After bogeying the first hole of the day to fall back to 16-under, Miyazato calmed down and birdied holes three, four and six, making the turn at 19-under-par. On her back nine she did not fare as
well, as she made bogeys on holes 11, 16 and 18, to one birdie on hole 15. Miyazato closed out the five-day tournament with an even-par 72.

"I'm a little surprised," Miyazato said about her margin of victory. "I was able to hang on to what I had, so I'm very satisfied about that."

The previous qualifying school record was set in January 1975 when Michelle Walker beat Vivian Brownlee and Silvia Bertolaccini by nine shots. The event was first contested in 1973 and consisted of only 54 holes. Last year was the first year the tournament was contested over five days and 90 holes. Paula Creamer, who finished second on the ADT Official Money List this year, won that edition by five shots.

Miyazato, who won six tournaments on the Japan LPGA this year, competed in six LPGA tournaments, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA, the Weetabix Women's British Open, the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, the Evian Masters and the Mizuno Classic. She made all but one cut, and recorded two top-10 finishes, advancing to the third round of the HSBC Women's World Match Play, where she tied for ninth and she also tied for 10th at the Mizuno Classic, in her home country.

Finishing runner-up at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, but 12 shots behind Miyazato were Libby Smith and Lee Ann Walker-Cooper, who also tied for second last year.

Katie Futcher and Brooke Tull tied for fourth at 356 (-4).

Seven players finished tied for 22nd at 363 (+3) and played a cumulative three-hole playoff for the three final exempt spots. Christi Cano, Seol-An Jeon and Brittany Lang survived the three-hole playoff, finishing the mandatory three holes at 1-under-par to earn their exempt cards, while Erica Blasberg, Clarissa Childs, Teresa Lu and Mardi Lunn earned non-exempt status for 2006.

Two LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments-one in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the other in Venice, Fla.-were held to help determine the field for the 90-hole LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. The top-30 finishers and ties from each LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament advanced to the final stage and joined current LPGA Tour members who were trying to improve their playing status for 2006. The field was completed by the eligible players who finished sixth through 15th on the final 2005 Futures Tour money list. The top-five finishers on the Futures Tour money list automatically received their exempt card for 2006.

The 90-hole tournament was contested on the Legends Course and Champions Course at LPGA International, with the final round being played on the Legends Course. A total of 24 exempt spots on the 2006 LPGA Tour were up for grabs this year, while the next 35 finishers and ties earned conditional status for 2006.

Final-round leader quotes: Ai Miyazato | Morgan Pressel
Ai Miyazato, 66-69-70-66-72=343 (-17)

Q. What are your general comments on how she feels about winning the Tournament and getting her card?
AI MIYAZATO: I'm very relieved about the tournament, but I wasn't able to play too well today, so I'm still a little bit disappointed.

Q. You didn't shoot 2-under…?
AI MIYAZATO: I wanted to go for 20-under, but I guess I got overcome by pressure, so I need to work in that area of my game.

Q. What pressure?
AI MIYAZATO: The pressure to shooting 20-under.

Q. Have you ever won a tournament by 12 shots?
AI MIYAZATO: No.

Q. Are you surpised?
AI MIYAZATO: I'm a little surprised, but I was able to hang on to what I had, so I'm very satisfied about that.

Q. You came over here three times this year, right, three times: (Kraft) Nabisco (Championship), (U.S.) Open (Championship conducted by the USGA), (HSBC Women's World) Match Play (Championship)?
AI MIYAZATO: Yeah.

Q. Can you talk about the kind of support you have in Japan compared to (Japanese baseball players) Ichiro (Suzuki) or (Hideki) Matsui , Godzilla?
AI MIYAZATO: (laughter) That is a tough question. I don't think I'm that supported, or I'm that high compared to those two players.

Q. They don't call her Godzilla do they?
AI MIYAZATO: No (laughter).

Q. What do they call you? Do you have a nickname over there?
AI MIYAZATO: Ai-Chan.
Translator: Chan is a term you use, an honorific, I don't know how to explain it, actually. When you're friends with someone, you call them “Chan”

Q. Talk about next year: You plan to play a full schedule and how much more will you go back to Japan?
AI MIYAZATO: At the moment, but there are some tournaments that I have to play, probably about eight or so in Japan.

Q. But you plan to play as much here in the States as you can?
AI MIYAZATO: Yes.

Q. Who is her role model in golf, or her idol?
AI MIYAZATO: Ichiro.

Q. Do you know much about Ayako Okamoto?
AI MIYAZATO: Yes.

Q. Any thoughts on what she did on coming over here 30 years ago, I think it was, or 20 years ago?
AI MIYAZATO: I commented on this a couple days ago. I know about her winning the money title and what she's been able to do and she's a Hall of Famer now and she's someone I respect a lot.

Q. What are your goals for next year?
AI MIYAZATO: To keep the card, but like Paula, I do want to win some tournaments.

Q. You'll start in Hawaii?
AI MIYAZATO: Yes.

Q. How big of news is this in Japan, that you're leaving the Japan LPGA and coming to play in the LPGA?
AI MIYAZATO: Probably big.

Q. Obviously you want to play on the LPGA, but does that make you a little bit sad to leave home to come to another country to pursue your career?
AI MIYAZATO: Nope, not really.

Q. How do you think you'll do at the Okinawa Open?
AI MIYAZATO: I want to make the cut.

Q. What did you think of the sandwich you ate today?
AI MIYAZATO: Yesterday, I gave Katie (Futcher) rice balls and that's why Katie made me a sandwich today.

Q. Was it good?
AI MIYAZATO: Yes.

Morgan Pressel, 66-75-75-71-80=357 (-3)

Q. How does it feel to be done and have made it through the qualifying school?
MORGAN PRESSEL: It's a relief, it's definitely a relief. It's been a long week and I managed to hang on at the end, there.

Q. Was it hard work this week?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, it was hard work; it was a grind all week. Minus the first day I gave myself a little breathing room, but after that – after I gave it all back – it was definitely a grind.

Q. Does it feel like the end of the season, or the beginning of the season?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, it's both. I mean, I'm excited for next year.

Q. Next May or next year?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Don't know.

Q. You said, Morgan, it was a relief. Some people, when they get their card would consider it something worth celebrating. Is it kind of different dynamics for you?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well no, it's obviously something that I'm very happy about. But, you know that's it's over, it's like I don't have the grind of that anymore. It's done.

Q. Did you get a sense there were expectations that getting a card would be a slam dunk?
MORGAN PRESSEL: No, I never thought it was a slam-dunk. I mean, when I saw the list of people who were going to play here I knew I had to play well.

Q. I know you didn't think that way, but did you get a sense that people around you did?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, other people did. Yeah, I mean you have to have confidence and it was nice that other people had confidence that I could do it.

Q. Is it different playing now that you are a professional?
MORGAN PRESSEL: No different. I didn't even think about that until, like, the third day and I got home and was like, “Wow, those were my first two rounds as a professional.” So it's kind of weird.

Q. What do you hope Carolyn Bivens makes the decision on?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Me, and myself, and my game, and nobody else.

Q. When you appeal, is that a formal, written thing that you have to do?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I don't know, yet.

Q. You said, all you have to do is sign your card (laughter)?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I know, I have to come and talk to all of you. That's a lot harder than being out there, you know?

Q. Was that a distraction, though? You knew this was going to happen. That once you got your card, we were going to be asking.
MORGAN PRESSEL: Whether I did or not (laughs). Either way, you guys were still going to be here. No, it's not a distraction. I'm still going to play golf.

Q. But the uncertainty for next season
MORGAN PRESSEL: No. I still get to play.

Q. Let's talk about the start today. Rumor has it you struggled on the first few holes it seemed like every day?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Yeah, not today. Today was a lot better. I was just excited to hit the first green. That was my goal and it worked. So, at least I wasn't over par as I had been.

Q. You looked to see where you were in relation to where 24 was before this round?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Of course, I was three ahead. You know, a comfortable point. Quite a few shots, but I still had to play well.

Q. How well do you know Ai and how impressed are you with what she's done around this course?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I mean, obviously, she's a great player. I don't know her that well. You know, she seems really nice. I say hi to her. I know who she is, obviously. She's just tearing it up this week; good for her. She's obviously a great player.

Q. What's in store for you now?
MORGAN PRESSEL: School. I have to go back to school.

Q. Do you have finals? Did you take them?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Because of the hurricanes, they're actually having final assessments and not exams, which is really nice.

Q. What does that mean…final assessments?
MORGAN PRESSEL: That instead of sit-down exams. They're putting back school days instead of just exam days and then giving us final assessments.

Q. Do you have any catch up work when you get back?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I have a week-and-a-half of school. Plus the next few days.

Q. How about golf. What's the next competitive event?
MORGAN PRESSEL: The Safeway (International Presented by Coca-Cola), I think? I think; I believe.

Q. What's the longest you've ever gone between tournaments?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I think it's between January and March.

Q. Are you going to go and play the Futures (Tour) until you're an official member (of the LPGA)?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I haven't even tried to qualify.

Q. What other final do you have coming up that you're really not looking forward to?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Spanish.

 

Miyazato extends lead to 12 shots at LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
76 players make 72-hole cut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 3, 2005 - All that stands between Ai Miyazato and an exempt 2006 LPGA Tour card is 18 holes of golf on the tightly-lined Legends Course at LPGA International. For Miyazato, who carded a fourth-round 66 to extend her lead to 12 shots on Friday at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, it should be about as stressful as a weekend round at the local muni.

Miyazato, 66-69-70-66=271 (-17), entered the fourth round with a seven-shot advantage and wasted little time in increasing her lead. With birdies on five, eight, 10 and 11, the day quickly became her third sub-70 round of the event. The 20-year-old star from Japan closed with birdies on 16 and 18 to end her day bogey-free.

"I feel very good because I am doing a little bit better than I expected," said Miyazato, who won six tournaments on the Japan LPGA this year. "I did not expect it to be this easy, but my game is coming together pretty well."

Her game is coming together more than pretty well. With a mountainous 12-shot lead, she is in prime position to set an LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament record for largest margin of victory. The previous record was set in January 1975 when Michelle Walker beat Vivian Brownlee and Silvia Bertolaccini by nine shots.

The event was first contested in 1973 and consisted of only 54 holes. Last year was the first year the tournament competed over five days and 90 holes. Paula Creamer, who finished second on the ADT Official Money List this year, won that edition by five shots.

Chasing Miyazato, albeit a long way back, are 13-year-pro Kate Golden and Katie Futcher, both at 283 (-5). Golden won the 2001 State Farm Classic and Futcher competed in 14 events on the Futures Tour this year. Lee Ann Walker-Cooper, who tied for second at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament last year, is alone in fourth place at 284 (-4).

Two LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments-one in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the other in Venice, Fla.-were held to help determine the field for the 90-hole Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The top-30 finishers and ties from each LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament advanced to the final stage to join current LPGA Tour members who are trying to improve their playing status for 2006. The field is completed by the eligible players who finished sixth through 15th on the final 2005 Futures Tour money list. The top-five finishers on the Futures Tour money list automatically received their exempt card for 2006.

The 90-hole tournament concludes Sunday on LPGA International's Legends Course. A total of 24 exempt spots on the 2006 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a cumulative three-hole playoff will be held to determine the 24th spot, if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn conditional status for 2006.

 

QUALIFYING SCHOOL FINAL DAYTONA BEACH FL 2005
DAYTONA BEACH FL
11/30/2005 - 12/4/2005
PURSE: $50,000
LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6461
CHAMPIONS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6393


NAME SCORES
1 Ai Miyazato 66-69-70-66 271 -17
2 Kate Golden 72-71-71-69 283 -5
2 Katie Futcher 71-72-69-71 283 -5
4 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 70-68-74-72 284 -4
5 Brooke Tull 73-70-72-70 285 -3
5 Nicole Jeray 70-75-69-71 285 -3
5 Louise Stahle 71-72-69-73 285 -3
8 Erica Blasberg 77-74-69-66 286 -2
8 Libby Smith 75-70-73-68 286 -2
8 Nina Reis 71-70-76-69 286 -2
11 Clarissa Childs 75-72-70-70 287 -1
11 Julieta Granada 73-72-71-71 287 -1
11 Teresa Lu 70-73-73-71 287 -1
11 Morgan Pressel 66-75-75-71 287 -1
15 Na Ri Kim 76-70-74-68 288 E
15 Shinobu Moromizato 74-70-72-72 288 E
15 Veronica Zorzi 72-72-72-72 288 E
15 Becky Iverson 70-72-72-74 288 E
19 Allison Hanna 73-72-73-71 289 +1
19 Karin Sjodin 69-73-72-75 289 +1
21 Diana Ramage 74-75-73-68 290 +2
21 Beth Allen 75-70-74-71 290 +2
21 Sae-Hee Son 73-72-74-71 290 +2
21 Meredith Duncan 69-76-74-71 290 +2
21 Jessica Reese-Qualye 72-72-75-71 290 +2
21 Christi Cano 71-73-74-72 290 +2
21 Brittany Lang 70-72-75-73 290 +2
21 Aram Cho 71-74-71-74 290 +2
21 Sarah Jane Kenyon 71-75-67-77 290 +2
30 Kelly Lagedrost 73-72-76-70 291 +3
30 Jenny Gleason 73-74-71-73 291 +3
30 Angie Rizzo 72-72-72-75 291 +3
33 Jenna Daniels 76-74-73-69 292 +4
33 Minea Blomqvist 75-76-70-71 292 +4
33 Kris Tamulis 74-74-73-71 292 +4
33 Mardi Lunn 75-72-74-71 292 +4
33 Stacy Snider 73-75-72-72 292 +4
33 Meaghan Francella 72-76-72-72 292 +4
33 Natalie Tucker 72-74-73-73 292 +4
33 Seol-An Jeon 71-74-74-73 292 +4
33 Ashley Hoagland 74-72-71-75 292 +4
42 Danielle Downey 70-77-78-68 293 +5
42 Carri Wood 72-78-74-69 293 +5
42 Rebecca Coakley 70-77-75-71 293 +5
42 Alena Sharp 74-72-75-72 293 +5
42 Kim Hall 71-73-76-73 293 +5
42 Ha-Na Chae 76-71-72-74 293 +5
42 Naree Song 70-76-73-74 293 +5
42 Linda Wessberg 76-69-74-74 293 +5
42 Allison Fouch 72-72-75-74 293 +5
42 Angela Jerman 74-75-69-75 293 +5
42 May Wood 68-73-76-76 293 +5
53 Kelli Kuehne 75-73-74-72 294 +6
53 Hana Kim 72-76-73-73 294 +6
53 Maggie Will 72-75-74-73 294 +6
56 Meredith Ward 75-71-78-71 295 +7
56 Minny Yeo 77-75-71-72 295 +7
56 D'Rae Ward 73-77-72-73 295 +7
56 Mhairi McKay 73-74-71-77 295 +7
60 Adrienne Gautreaux 71-77-78-70 296 +8
60 Catherine Cartwright 74-76-75-71 296 +8
60 Bernadette Luse 75-75-74-72 296 +8
60 Hye Choi 72-77-74-73 296 +8
60 Kim Brozer 71-76-76-73 296 +8
60 Joanne Mills 69-75-76-76 296 +8
66 Linda Ishii 79-72-78-68 297 +9
66 Cecilia Ekelundh 77-75-76-69 297 +9
66 Malinda Johnson 74-76-76-71 297 +9
66 Janell Howland 74-74-78-71 297 +9
66 Sarah Martin 73-75-77-72 297 +9
66 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 74-72-79-72 297 +9
66 Audra Burks 72-76-76-73 297 +9
66 Celeste Troche 73-75-75-74 297 +9
66 Annie Young 71-75-76-75 297 +9
66 Susie Parry 75-72-74-76 297 +9
66 Kristen Samp 73-75-72-77 297 +9
  Kathryn Cusick 74-75-77-72 298 CUT
  Samantha Head 75-71-80-72 298 CUT
  Katie Allison 71-76-78-73 298 CUT
  Jeanne Cho 76-71-77-74 298 CUT
  Charlotte Mayorkas 73-77-72-76 298 CUT
  Kristin Dufour 74-74-72-78 298 CUT
  Chun Wang 73-77-78-71 299 CUT
  Jeanne-Marie Busuttil 75-77-74-73 299 CUT
  Riko Higashio 78-71-73-77 299 CUT
  Cristina Baena 75-74-73-77 299 CUT
  Kristy McPherson 71-74-77-77 299 CUT
  Tina Miller 78-79-72-71 300 CUT
  Kathryn Marshall 75-75-77-73 300 CUT
  Tracy Hanson 74-76-75-75 300 CUT
  Jennifer Greggain 73-77-74-76 300 CUT
  Katie Connelly 77-77-77-70 301 CUT
  Jordan Cherebetiu 76-79-75-71 301 CUT
  Pearl Sinn-Bonanni 77-74-75-75 301 CUT
  S K Kim 76-74-76-75 301 CUT
  Lori Atsedes 74-75-75-77 301 CUT
  Russamee Gulyanamitta 71-77-76-77 301 CUT
  Stephanie George 71-77-73-80 301 CUT
  Perry Swenson 79-76-75-72 302 CUT
  Leslie Spalding 75-74-76-77 302 CUT
  Michelle Simpson 76-71-77-78 302 CUT
  Marianne Morris 80-77-73-73 303 CUT
  Stephanie Arricau 74-77-77-75 303 CUT
  Kitty Hwang 76-73-79-75 303 CUT
  Janice Olivencia 75-79-73-76 303 CUT
  Smriti Mehra 72-77-75-79 303 CUT
  Ji-Young Yoon 77-79-77-71 304 CUT
  Annette DeLuca 77-78-76-73 304 CUT
  Kristina Tucker 73-80-75-76 304 CUT
  Kris Lindstrom 77-79-71-77 304 CUT
  Katie Bakken 78-78-70-78 304 CUT
  Fame More 72-76-78-78 304 CUT
  Pamela Kerrigan 78-78-77-72 305 CUT
  Vikki Laing 73-82-78-72 305 CUT
  Nicole Cutler 76-78-78-73 305 CUT
  Kim Augusta 74-79-78-74 305 CUT
  Brandi Jackson 74-76-79-76 305 CUT
  Ji Yeon Lee 79-78-71-77 305 CUT
  Charlotta Sorenstam 75-75-77-78 305 CUT
  Jessica Lewis 76-79-79-72 306 CUT
  Caryn Wilson 78-76-77-75 306 CUT
  Mollie Fankhauser 78-74-74-80 306 CUT
  Jimin Jeong 76-77-80-74 307 CUT
  Kelly Cap 78-77-78-75 308 CUT
  Angela Buzminski 77-79-75-77 308 CUT
  Jin Young Pak 79-78-79-73 309 CUT
  Carmen Hajjar 77-78-78-76 309 CUT
  Song-Yi Choi 74-81-77-77 309 CUT
  Ashley Prange 78-78-74-79 309 CUT
  Danielle Masters 86-76-75-73 310 CUT
  Diane Irvin 77-78-79-76 310 CUT
  Moah Chang 80-77-76-77 310 CUT
  Jamie Stevenson 76-78-73-84 311 CUT
  Becky Brewerton 81-78-78-75 312 CUT
  Marilyn Lovander 75-75-81-81 312 CUT
  Collette Matthes 80-80-80-74 314 CUT
  Vicky Uwland 83-79-75-77 314 CUT
  Corina Kelepouris 79-81-77-81 318 CUT
  Courtney Wood   WD
  Beth Bauer   DQ

 

Miyazato continues to produce big results at the Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament; 18-holes remain before final cut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 2, 2005 - Ai Miyazato continued her dominance on the links Friday with a 2-under-par 70, by more than doubling her lead to seven strokes at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She is sitting solo at the top of the 138-player leaderboard.

After repairing by scores, Miyazato returned to the LPGA International Legends course for the third round, but got off to a slow start on the front nine. At the turn, she was 2-over-par, but regained control on the back nine with four birdies in six holes. Her approach shot on No. 18 landed short and right of the green, barely staying outside a hazard. Chipping off a bare patch of dirt, the ball landed within 20 feet of the hole and she made the putt to save par.

Even with a significant lead, Miyazato remains focused on ending each round at least 2-under-par.

"Nothing changes," she said through a translator. "Paula won with 11-under (in 2004). I think with 2-under, I could probably get close to that number."

The self-proclaimed 20-year-old is considered the top woman athlete in Japan and is taking the United States by storm. Her daily following on the course has never dropped below 40 and seems to grow as the final round approaches. The question is not whether she will make the top-70 cut after Saturday, but if she can maintain her lead through Sunday. With all of the potential distractions, Miyazato is determined to take the title.

"I don't feel tired at all and want to keep with the rhythm I have right now," she said.

Chasing after Miyazato in a three-way tie for second with a 4-under-par 212 are Katie Futcher, Louise Stahle and Lee Ann Walker-Cooper.

The players have been split between LPGA International Champions and Legends courses and were repaired by scores for the third round based on the course they started on the first round. The groups will play the opposite course tomorrow in a final effort to break into the top-70 and continue to Sunday's final round.

Two LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments-one in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the other in Venice, Fla.-were held to help determine the field for the 90-hole Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The top-30 finishers and ties from each LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament advanced to the final stage to join current LPGA Tour members who are trying to improve their playing status for 2006. The field is completed by the eligible players who finished sixth through 15th on the final 2005 Futures Tour money list. The top-five finishers on the Futures Tour money list automatically received their exempt card for 2006.

The 90-hole tournament continues with the fourth round Saturday, and the 138-player field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after the fourth round. A total of 24 exempt spots on the 2006 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a cumulative three-hole playoff will be held to determine the 24th spot, if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn conditional status for 2006.

 

QUALIFYING SCHOOL FINAL DAYTONA BEACH FL 2005
DAYTONA BEACH FL
11/30/2005 - 12/4/2005
PURSE: $50,000
LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6431
CHAMPIONS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6393


NAME SCORES
1 Ai Miyazato 66-69-70 205 -11
2 Katie Futcher 71-72-69 212 -4
2 Louise Stahle 71-72-69 212 -4
2 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 70-68-74 212 -4
5 Sarah Jane Kenyon 71-75-67 213 -3
6 Nicole Jeray 70-75-69 214 -2
6 Kate Golden 72-71-71 214 -2
6 Becky Iverson 70-72-72 214 -2
6 Karin Sjodin 69-73-72 214 -2
10 Brooke Tull 73-70-72 215 -1
11 Julieta Granada 73-72-71 216 E
11 Aram Cho 71-74-71 216 E
11 Shinobu Moromizato 74-70-72 216 E
11 Veronica Zorzi 72-72-72 216 E
11 Angie Rizzo 72-72-72 216 E
11 Teresa Lu 70-73-73 216 E
11 Morgan Pressel 66-75-75 216 E
18 Clarissa Childs 75-72-70 217 +1
18 Ashley Hoagland 74-72-71 217 +1
18 Brittany Lang 70-72-75 217 +1
18 Nina Reis 71-70-76 217 +1
18 May Wood 68-73-76 217 +1
23 Angela Jerman 74-75-69 218 +2
23 Jenny Gleason 73-74-71 218 +2
23 Mhairi McKay 73-74-71 218 +2
23 Libby Smith 75-70-73 218 +2
23 Allison Hanna 73-72-73 218 +2
23 Christi Cano 71-73-74 218 +2
29 Ha-Na Chae 76-71-72 219 +3
29 Natalie Tucker 72-74-73 219 +3
29 Naree Song 70-76-73 219 +3
29 Linda Wessberg 76-69-74 219 +3
29 Beth Allen 75-70-74 219 +3
29 Sae-Hee Son 73-72-74 219 +3
29 Seol-An Jeon 71-74-74 219 +3
29 Meredith Duncan 69-76-74 219 +3
29 Allison Fouch 72-72-75 219 +3
29 Jessica Reese-Qualye 72-72-75 219 +3
39 Erica Blasberg 77-74-69 220 +4
39 Kristin Dufour 74-74-72 220 +4
39 Stacy Snider 73-75-72 220 +4
39 Kristen Samp 73-75-72 220 +4
39 Meaghan Francella 72-76-72 220 +4
39 Na Ri Kim 76-70-74 220 +4
39 Kim Hall 71-73-76 220 +4
39 Joanne Mills 69-75-76 220 +4
47 Minea Blomqvist 75-76-70 221 +5
47 Kris Tamulis 74-74-73 221 +5
47 Hana Kim 72-76-73 221 +5
47 Stephanie George 71-77-73 221 +5
47 Mardi Lunn 75-72-74 221 +5
47 Susie Parry 75-72-74 221 +5
47 Maggie Will 72-75-74 221 +5
47 Alena Sharp 74-72-75 221 +5
47 Kelly Lagedrost 73-72-76 221 +5
56 D'Rae Ward 73-77-72 222 +6
56 Charlotte Mayorkas 73-77-72 222 +6
56 Riko Higashio 78-71-73 222 +6
56 Cristina Baena 75-74-73 222 +6
56 Diana Ramage 74-75-73 222 +6
56 Kelli Kuehne 75-73-74 222 +6
56 Rebecca Coakley 70-77-75 222 +6
56 Annie Young 71-75-76 222 +6
56 Kristy McPherson 71-74-77 222 +6
65 Minny Yeo 77-75-71 223 +7
65 Jenna Daniels 76-74-73 223 +7
65 Hye Choi 72-77-74 223 +7
65 Celeste Troche 73-75-75 223 +7
65 Kim Brozer 71-76-76 223 +7
70 Bernadette Luse 75-75-74 224 +8
70 Jennifer Greggain 73-77-74 224 +8
70 Carri Wood 72-78-74 224 +8
70 Lori Atsedes 74-75-75 224 +8
70 Smriti Mehra 72-77-75 224 +8
70 Audra Burks 72-76-76 224 +8
70 Russamee Gulyanamitta 71-77-76 224 +8
70 Jeanne Cho 76-71-77 224 +8
70 Michelle Simpson 76-71-77 224 +8
70 Meredith Ward 75-71-78 224 +8
80 Tracy Hanson 74-76-75 225 +9
80 Catherine Cartwright 74-76-75 225 +9
80 Leslie Spalding 75-74-76 225 +9
80 Sarah Martin 73-75-77 225 +9
80 Katie Allison 71-76-78 225 +9
80 Danielle Downey 70-77-78 225 +9
80 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 74-72-79 225 +9
87 Katie Bakken 78-78-70 226 +10
87 Mollie Fankhauser 78-74-74 226 +10
87 Jeanne-Marie Busuttil 75-77-74 226 +10
87 Pearl Sinn-Bonanni 77-74-75 226 +10
87 S K Kim 76-74-76 226 +10
87 Malinda Johnson 74-76-76 226 +10
87 Kathryn Cusick 74-75-77 226 +10
87 Janell Howland 74-74-78 226 +10
87 Fame More 72-76-78 226 +10
87 Adrienne Gautreaux 71-77-78 226 +10
87 Samantha Head 75-71-80 226 +10
98 Kris Lindstrom 77-79-71 227 +11
98 Jamie Stevenson 76-78-73 227 +11
98 Janice Olivencia 75-79-73 227 +11
98 Kathryn Marshall 75-75-77 227 +11
98 Charlotta Sorenstam 75-75-77 227 +11
103 Ji Yeon Lee 79-78-71 228 +12
103 Kristina Tucker 73-80-75 228 +12
103 Cecilia Ekelundh 77-75-76 228 +12
103 Stephanie Arricau 74-77-77 228 +12
103 Chun Wang 73-77-78 228 +12
103 Kitty Hwang 76-73-79 228 +12
109 Tina Miller 78-79-72 229 +13
109 Linda Ishii 79-72-78 229 +13
109 Brandi Jackson 74-76-79 229 +13
112 Marianne Morris 80-77-73 230 +14
112 Ashley Prange 78-78-74 230 +14
112 Perry Swenson 79-76-75 230 +14
112 Jordan Cherebetiu 76-79-75 230 +14
116 Angela Buzminski 77-79-75 231 +15
116 Annette DeLuca 77-78-76 231 +15
116 Caryn Wilson 78-76-77 231 +15
116 Katie Connelly 77-77-77 231 +15
116 Kim Augusta 74-79-78 231 +15
116 Marilyn Lovander 75-75-81 231 +15
122 Song-Yi Choi 74-81-77 232 +16
122 Nicole Cutler 76-78-78 232 +16
124 Moah Chang 80-77-76 233 +17
124 Pamela Kerrigan 78-78-77 233 +17
124 Ji-Young Yoon 77-79-77 233 +17
124 Kelly Cap 78-77-78 233 +17
124 Carmen Hajjar 77-78-78 233 +17
124 Vikki Laing 73-82-78 233 +17
124 Jimin Jeong 76-77-80 233 +17
131 Diane Irvin 77-78-79 234 +18
131 Jessica Lewis 76-79-79 234 +18
133 Jin Young Pak 79-78-79 236 +20
134 Danielle Masters 86-76-75 237 +21
134 Vicky Uwland 83-79-75 237 +21
134 Corina Kelepouris 79-81-77 237 +21
134 Becky Brewerton 81-78-78 237 +21
138 Collette Matthes 80-80-80 240 +24

*Beth Bauer DQ
*Courtney Wood WD

 

Miyazato ends second round of the Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament 9-under-par

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 1, 2005 - Ai Miyazato broke away from the rest of the field at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to card a 3-under-par 69 and end two days of play 9-under-par despite cooler weather and 10 to 15 mile an hour winds during Thursday's second round.

Miyazato finished three strokes over her 6-under-par 66 first round, countering two bogeys in her first four holes Thursday with five birdies. She said play on the LPGA International Champions course was affected by more than the wind.

"The wind was tough, but the pin placements were also difficult," said the five-foot-two-inch Japanese phenom via a translator. "My goal for everyday is to shoot 2-under, but I have been able to clear that goal the first two days and I just want to keep on doing my best."

Her best has left her alone in first place on the leaderboard and given her a three-stroke lead over second place Lee Ann Walker-Cooper with a 6-under-par 138. Three more rounds remain with the top-24 finishers earning exempt status on the 2006 LPGA Tour. Miyazato, who won six tournaments on the Japan LPGA this year, would not be satisfied to just earn her Tour card.

"I was told by Paula Creamer when I was in Japan that I need to finish first, so I think I do want to win," she said.

A win is exactly what 62 members of the Japanese media covering the tournament are looking for on Sunday. An entourage of more than 40 reporters has weaved its way along the cart path beside Miyazato for two days.

Morgan Pressel, Miyazato's co-leader from the first round, started the day giving three shots back on her first two holes going bogey, double bogey. Making the turn at 4-over-par, Pressel was able to regroup and finished the back nine with two birdies and a final 75. She is 3-under-par for the tournament and tied for third at 141 with May Wood (68-73=141) and Nina Reis (71-70=141).

The players have been split between LPGA International Champions and Legends courses and will be repaired by scores for the third round based on the course they started on the first round. The new groups will play the third and fourth rounds together before the Saturday cut to the top-70 and ties.

Two LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments-one in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the other in Venice, Fla.-were held to help determine the field for the 90-hole Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The top-30 finishers and ties from each LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament advanced to the final stage to join current LPGA Tour members who are trying to improve their playing status for 2006. The field is completed by the eligible players who finished sixth through 15th on the final 2005 Futures Tour money list. The top-five finishers on the Futures Tour money list automatically received their exempt card for 2006.

The 90-hole tournament continues with the third round Friday, and the 140-player field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after the fourth round. A total of 24 exempt spots on the 2006 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a cumulative three-hole playoff will be held to determine the 24th spot, if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn conditional status for 2006.

 

QUALIFYING SCHOOL FINAL DAYTONA BEACH FL 2005
DAYTONA BEACH FL
11/30/2005 - 12/4/2005
PURSE: $50,000
LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6461
CHAMPIONS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6393

Second-round results
  NAME     SCORES
1 Ai Miyazato     66-69 135 -9
2 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper     70-68 138 -6
3 Nina Reis     71-70 141 -3
3 May Wood     68-73 141 -3
3 Morgan Pressel     66-75 141 -3
6 Brittany Lang     70-72 142 -2
6 Becky Iverson     70-72 142 -2
6 Karin Sjodin     69-73 142 -2
9 Brooke Tull     73-70 143 -1
9 Kate Golden     72-71 143 -1
9 Katie Futcher     71-72 143 -1
9 Louise Stahle     71-72 143 -1
9 Teresa Lu     70-73 143 -1
14 Shinobu Moromizato     74-70 144 E
14 Veronica Zorzi     72-72 144 E
14 Allison Fouch     72-72 144 E
14 Jessica Reese-Qualye     72-72 144 E
14 Angie Rizzo     72-72 144 E
14 Christi Cano     71-73 144 E
14 Kim Hall     71-73 144 E
14 Joanne Mills     69-75 144 E
22 Linda Wessberg     76-69 145 +1
22 Libby Smith     75-70 145 +1
22 Beth Allen     75-70 145 +1
22 Allison Hanna     73-72 145 +1
22 Kelly Lagedrost     73-72 145 +1
22 Julieta Granada     73-72 145 +1
22 Sae-Hee Son     73-72 145 +1
22 Kristy McPherson     71-74 145 +1
22 Aram Cho     71-74 145 +1
22 Seol-An Jeon     71-74 145 +1
22 Nicole Jeray     70-75 145 +1
22 Meredith Duncan     69-76 145 +1
34 Na Ri Kim     76-70 146 +2
34 Meredith Ward     75-71 146 +2
34 Samantha Head     75-71 146 +2
34 Alena Sharp     74-72 146 +2
34 Ashley Hoagland     74-72 146 +2
34 Cathy Johnston-Forbes     74-72 146 +2
34 Natalie Tucker     72-74 146 +2
34 Annie Young     71-75 146 +2
34 Sarah Jane Kenyon     71-75 146 +2
34 Naree Song     70-76 146 +2
44 Ha-Na Chae     76-71 147 +3
44 Jeanne Cho     76-71 147 +3
44 Michelle Simpson     76-71 147 +3
44 Mardi Lunn     75-72 147 +3
44 Susie Parry     75-72 147 +3
44 Clarissa Childs     75-72 147 +3
44 Jenny Gleason     73-74 147 +3
44 Mhairi McKay     73-74 147 +3
44 Maggie Will     72-75 147 +3
44 Katie Allison     71-76 147 +3
44 Kim Brozer     71-76 147 +3
44 Danielle Downey     70-77 147 +3
44 Rebecca Coakley     70-77 147 +3
57 Kelli Kuehne     75-73 148 +4
57 Kris Tamulis     74-74 148 +4
57 Janell Howland     74-74 148 +4
57 Kristin Dufour     74-74 148 +4
57 Sarah Martin     73-75 148 +4
57 Stacy Snider     73-75 148 +4
57 Kristen Samp     73-75 148 +4
57 Celeste Troche     73-75 148 +4
57 Fame More     72-76 148 +4
57 Meaghan Francella     72-76 148 +4
57 Audra Burks     72-76 148 +4
57 Hana Kim     72-76 148 +4
57 Adrienne Gautreaux     71-77 148 +4
57 Stephanie George     71-77 148 +4
57 Russamee Gulyanamitta     71-77 148 +4
72 Riko Higashio     78-71 149 +5
72 Kitty Hwang     76-73 149 +5
72 Cristina Baena     75-74 149 +5
72 Leslie Spalding     75-74 149 +5
72 Kathryn Cusick     74-75 149 +5
72 Lori Atsedes     74-75 149 +5
72 Angela Jerman     74-75 149 +5
72 Diana Ramage     74-75 149 +5
72 Hye Choi     72-77 149 +5
72 Smriti Mehra     72-77 149 +5
82 Jenna Daniels     76-74 150 +6
82 S K Kim     76-74 150 +6
82 Bernadette Luse     75-75 150 +6
82 Kathryn Marshall     75-75 150 +6
82 Charlotta Sorenstam     75-75 150 +6
82 Marilyn Lovander     75-75 150 +6
82 Tracy Hanson     74-76 150 +6
82 Brandi Jackson     74-76 150 +6
82 Malinda Johnson     74-76 150 +6
82 Catherine Cartwright     74-76 150 +6
82 D'Rae Ward     73-77 150 +6
82 Jennifer Greggain     73-77 150 +6
82 Chun Wang     73-77 150 +6
82 Charlotte Mayorkas     73-77 150 +6
82 Carri Wood     72-78 150 +6
97 Linda Ishii     79-72 151 +7
97 Erica Blasberg     77-74 151 +7
97 Pearl Sinn-Bonanni     77-74 151 +7
97 Minea Blomqvist     75-76 151 +7
97 Stephanie Arricau     74-77 151 +7
102 Mollie Fankhauser     78-74 152 +8
102 Cecilia Ekelundh     77-75 152 +8
102 Minny Yeo     77-75 152 +8
102 Jeanne-Marie Busuttil     75-77 152 +8
106 Jimin Jeong     76-77 153 +9
106 Kim Augusta     74-79 153 +9
106 Kristina Tucker     73-80 153 +9
109 Caryn Wilson     78-76 154 +10
109 Katie Connelly     77-77 154 +10
109 Nicole Cutler     76-78 154 +10
109 Jamie Stevenson     76-78 154 +10
109 Janice Olivencia     75-79 154 +10
114 Perry Swenson     79-76 155 +11
114 Kelly Cap     78-77 155 +11
114 Carmen Hajjar     77-78 155 +11
114 Diane Irvin     77-78 155 +11
114 Annette DeLuca     77-78 155 +11
114 Jordan Cherebetiu     76-79 155 +11
114 Jessica Lewis     76-79 155 +11
114 Song-Yi Choi     74-81 155 +11
114 Vikki Laing     73-82 155 +11
123 Pamela Kerrigan     78-78 156 +12
123 Katie Bakken     78-78 156 +12
123 Ashley Prange     78-78 156 +12
123 Ji-Young Yoon     77-79 156 +12
123 Kris Lindstrom     77-79 156 +12
123 Angela Buzminski     77-79 156 +12
129 Courtney Wood     80-77 157 +13
129 Moah Chang     80-77 157 +13
129 Marianne Morris     80-77 157 +13
129 Ji Yeon Lee     79-78 157 +13
129 Jin Young Pak     79-78 157 +13
129 Tina Miller     78-79 157 +13
135 Becky Brewerton     81-78 159 +15
136 Collette Matthes     80-80 160 +16
136 Corina Kelepouris     79-81 160 +16
136 Beth Bauer     78-82 160 +16
139 Danielle Masters     86-76 162 +18
139 Vicky Uwland     83-79 162 +18

 

Miyazato, Pressel card 66s, lead LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament by two strokes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 30, 2005 – Ai Miyazato and Morgan Pressel, two of the biggest names competing this week at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, sent early statements to the rest of the field that they are playing to win and not simply to earn one of the 24 exempt Tour cards available for the 2006 LPGA season.

Miyazato, 20, and Pressel, 17, both opened the 90-hole event with 6-under-par 66s on the challenging Legends Course at LPGA International to grab a two-shot lead over May Wood.

Miyazato, who won six tournaments on the Japan LPGA this year, wasted little time in staking her claim to the top of the leaderboard. She birdied four of her first eight holes, which included a chip-in from 60 feet on the 394-yard par-4 sixth.

“I hit it a little too strong, but I was going for it,” said Miyazato through a translator of her 52-degree wedge. “I'm glad it went in.”

Flanked by more than 50 reporters following her every swing, Miyazato birdied 12 and 14 to get to 6-under before giving a shot back on 17. She ended her round with a birdie on 18 and a share of the lead.

Pressel's bogey-free day began with a birdie on the third hole, a laser 5-iron to three feet. She plodded through the next seven holes with pars, before carding five birdies on her final eight holes to tie Miyazato for the lead.

“It could have been better,” said Pressel, who won the U.S. Women's Amateur and tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA. “H opefully I can continue this. If I can take a little pressure off it would be nice.”

There is a caveat to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament  that exists for Pressel. Since she petitioned the LPGA for early membership at the age of 17, even if she earns a Tour card, she will not be able to compete as an LPGA member until her 18th birthday, which is in May. Pressel can play in events before May as a sponsor's exemption, and has already accepted an invitation to play in the early-season Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola.

Two LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments—one in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the other in Venice, Fla.—were held to help determine the field for the Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The top-30 finishers and ties from each LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament advanced to the final stage to join current LPGA Tour members who are trying to improve their playing status for 2006. The field is completed by the eligible players who finished sixth through 15 th on the final 2005 Futures Tour money list. The top-five finishers on the Futures Tour money list automatically received their exempt card for 2006.

The 90-hole tournament continues with the second round Thursday, and the 140-player field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after the fourth round. A total of 24 exempt spots on the 2006 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a cumulative three-hole playoff will be held to determine the 24 th spot, if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn conditional status for 2006.

 

QUALIFYING SCHOOL FINAL DAYTONA BEACH FL 2005
DAYTONA BEACH FL
11/30/2005 - 12/4/2005
PURSE: $50,000
LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6461
CHAMPIONS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6393

  NAME     SCORES
1 Ai Miyazato     32-34 66 -6
1 Morgan Pressel     31-35 66 -6
3 May Wood     36-32 68 -4
4 Karin Sjodin     36-33 69 -3
4 Joanne Mills     35-34 69 -3
4 Meredith Duncan     34-35 69 -3
7 Danielle Downey     38-32 70 -2
7 Rebecca Coakley     37-33 70 -2
7 Teresa Lu     36-34 70 -2
7 Nicole Jeray     36-34 70 -2
7 Brittany Lang     35-35 70 -2
7 Naree Song     35-35 70 -2
7 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper     34-36 70 -2
7 Becky Iverson     33-37 70 -2
15 Christi Cano     38-33 71 -1
15 Kristy McPherson     38-33 71 -1
15 Katie Allison     36-35 71 -1
15 Katie Futcher     36-35 71 -1
15 Kim Brozer     36-35 71 -1
15 Kim Hall     35-36 71 -1
15 Adrienne Gautreaux     35-36 71 -1
15 Sarah Jane Kenyon     35-36 71 -1
15 Annie Young     35-36 71 -1
15 Louise Stahle     35-36 71 -1
15 Aram Cho     35-36 71 -1
15 Nina Reis     34-37 71 -1
15 Russamee Gulyanamitta     34-37 71 -1
15 Stephanie George     34-37 71 -1
15 Seol-An Jeon     33-38 71 -1
30 Kate Golden     38-34 72 E
30 Veronica Zorzi     37-35 72 E
30 Hye Choi     37-35 72 E
30 Allison Fouch     37-35 72 E
30 Fame More     37-35 72 E
30 Maggie Will     36-36 72 E
30 Jessica Reese-Qualye     36-36 72 E
30 Audra Burks     35-37 72 E
30 Hana Kim     35-37 72 E
30 Meaghan Francella     35-37 72 E
30 Angie Rizzo     35-37 72 E
30 Smriti Mehra     35-37 72 E
30 Carri Wood     34-38 72 E
30 Natalie Tucker     34-38 72 E
44 Kristina Tucker     40-33 73 +1
44 Allison Hanna     40-33 73 +1
44 Brooke Tull     38-35 73 +1
44 Sarah Martin     38-35 73 +1
44 Kelly Lagedrost     38-35 73 +1
44 Jennifer Greggain     37-36 73 +1
44 D'Rae Ward     37-36 73 +1
44 Stacy Snider     37-36 73 +1
44 Kristen Samp     37-36 73 +1
44 Jenny Gleason     37-36 73 +1
44 Julieta Granada     36-37 73 +1
44 Mhairi McKay     36-37 73 +1
44 Vikki Laing     36-37 73 +1
44 Chun Wang     35-38 73 +1
44 Celeste Troche     35-38 73 +1
44 Sae-Hee Son     34-39 73 +1
44 Charlotte Mayorkas     34-39 73 +1
61 Kathryn Cusick     39-35 74 +2
61 Lori Atsedes     38-36 74 +2
61 Tracy Hanson     38-36 74 +2
61 Kim Augusta     38-36 74 +2
61 Alena Sharp     37-37 74 +2
61 Brandi Jackson     37-37 74 +2
61 Song-Yi Choi     37-37 74 +2
61 Angela Jerman     37-37 74 +2
61 Kris Tamulis     37-37 74 +2
61 Stephanie Arricau     36-38 74 +2
61 Malinda Johnson     36-38 74 +2
61 Catherine Cartwright     36-38 74 +2
61 Diana Ramage     36-38 74 +2
61 Janell Howland     36-38 74 +2
61 Kristin Dufour     36-38 74 +2
61 Ashley Hoagland     36-38 74 +2
61 Cathy Johnston-Forbes     35-39 74 +2
61 Shinobu Moromizato     35-39 74 +2
79 Mardi Lunn     39-36 75 +3
79 Bernadette Luse     39-36 75 +3
79 Janice Olivencia     39-36 75 +3
79 Meredith Ward     39-36 75 +3
79 Kelli Kuehne     38-37 75 +3
79 Kathryn Marshall     38-37 75 +3
79 Jeanne-Marie Busuttil     38-37 75 +3
79 Libby Smith     38-37 75 +3
79 Charlotta Sorenstam     37-38 75 +3
79 Samantha Head     37-38 75 +3
79 Susie Parry     37-38 75 +3
79 Marilyn Lovander     36-39 75 +3
79 Cristina Baena     36-39 75 +3
79 Beth Allen     36-39 75 +3
79 Minea Blomqvist     36-39 75 +3
79 Clarissa Childs     36-39 75 +3
79 Leslie Spalding     36-39 75 +3
96 Ha-Na Chae     40-36 76 +4
96 Nicole Cutler     40-36 76 +4
96 Jenna Daniels     40-36 76 +4
96 Jeanne Cho     39-37 76 +4
96 Jordan Cherebetiu     39-37 76 +4
96 Michelle Simpson     39-37 76 +4
96 Jamie Stevenson     39-37 76 +4
96 Na Ri Kim     38-38 76 +4
96 Kitty Hwang     37-39 76 +4
96 S K Kim     36-40 76 +4
96 Jessica Lewis     36-40 76 +4
96 Jimin Jeong     35-41 76 +4
96 Linda Wessberg     34-42 76 +4
109 Carmen Hajjar     40-37 77 +5
109 Ji-Young Yoon     39-38 77 +5
109 Kris Lindstrom     38-39 77 +5
109 Diane Irvin     38-39 77 +5
109 Annette DeLuca     37-40 77 +5
109 Cecilia Ekelundh     37-40 77 +5
109 Erica Blasberg     37-40 77 +5
109 Minny Yeo     37-40 77 +5
109 Angela Buzminski     37-40 77 +5
109 Katie Connelly     37-40 77 +5
109 Pearl Sinn-Bonanni     36-41 77 +5
120 Tina Miller     39-39 78 +6
120 Beth Bauer     39-39 78 +6
120 Kelly Cap     38-40 78 +6
120 Mollie Fankhauser     38-40 78 +6
120 Pamela Kerrigan     38-40 78 +6
120 Katie Bakken     38-40 78 +6
120 Ashley Prange     37-41 78 +6
120 Caryn Wilson     37-41 78 +6
120 Riko Higashio     36-42 78 +6
129 Ji Yeon Lee     41-38 79 +7
129 Corina Kelepouris     40-39 79 +7
129 Linda Ishii     39-40 79 +7
129 Jin Young Pak     38-41 79 +7
129 Perry Swenson     37-42 79 +7
134 Courtney Wood     39-41 80 +8
134 Collette Matthes     39-41 80 +8
134 Moah Chang     39-41 80 +8
134 Marianne Morris     38-42 80 +8
138 Becky Brewerton     40-41 81 +9
139 Vicky Uwland     40-43 83 +11
140 Danielle Masters     46-40 86 +14

 

Stage is set for LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament; 70 Tour pros in field of 142

A field of 142 players will tee it up this week at the Nov. 30-Dec. 4 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament at both the Legends Course and Champions Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.  All will be vying for one of the 24 coveted exempt LPGA Tour cards for the 2006 Tour season, and for 90 grueling holes it will be all or nothing.

It's not an overstatement to call the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament the most stressful event of the year.  Play well for five days and the 2006 LPGA Tour season is yours for the taking.  One wayward drive or a couple of putts left short, and a player can leave sunny Daytona Beach feeling gray.

Two LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments—one in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the other in Venice, Fla.—have been held to help determine the field for the Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament.  The top-30 finishers and ties from each LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament advanced to the final stage and join 70 current LPGA Tour members—a record number—who are trying to improve or retain their playing status for 2006.  The field is completed by the eligible players who finished sixth through 15th on the final 2005 Futures Tour money list.  The top-five finishers on the Futures Tour money list automatically received their exempt card for 2006.

Of the 142 players competing, none will garner more attention than Morgan Pressel,

Brittany Lang and Ai Miyazato.  Pressel, a feisty 17-year-old who recently turned professional, has made golfing headlines since she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA when she was 12.  This year, she won the U.S. Women's Amateur, tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open and never finished worse than a tie for 25th in her other six LPGA appearances.

However, there is a caveat to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament that exists for Pressel.  She petitioned the LPGA for early membership at the age of 17, but even if she earns a Tour card, she will not be able to compete as an LPGA member until her 18th birthday, which is in May.  Pressel can play in events before May as a sponsor's exemption, and has already accepted an invitation to play in the early-season Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, but any money earned will not be “official” until her membership begins in May.  Pressel finished sixth at the California-based LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament after shooting final-round 63 to advance to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

Lang, who like Pressel tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open, will compete in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament after taking medalist honors at the California-based LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament.  Lang was an amateur at the U.S. Women's Open, but has since turned professional and left her two years at Duke University behind her to embark on a journey to the LPGA.  Lang played in six LPGA events this year, made the cut four times, and recorded three top-15 finishes.

Miyazato, a pint-sized superstar from Japan, finished runner-up to Lang at the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament and is ready to make a splash on the LPGA Tour.  She played in the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship and knocked off Laura Diaz in the first round before bouncing LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Juli Inkster in the second.  She finished tied for ninth and also tied for 11th at the Weetabix Women's British Open.

Other notables competing this week include 2005 National Golf Coaches Association Eleanor Dudley Division I Player of the Year award winner Louise Stahle; 2005 Women's World Cup of Golf participant and European standout Minea Blomqvist; 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior champion Julieta Granada; and 2002 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year winner Beth Bauer.

The LPGA is one of the most diverse sports associations in the world, and that could not be any more evident than by looking at the makeup of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.  Twenty-two countries will be represented with players competing from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Wales.

The field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after 72 holes, with the remaining players contesting the final round on the Legends Course.  After 90 holes, a sudden-death playoff will be held to determine who gets the final exempt card in the event of a tie.  The next 35 players and ties will receive conditional status for the 2006 season.

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