International field finalized for the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament

106 hopefuls playing for 2010 LPGA Tour membership

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 30, 2009 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Final Qualifying Tournament is set to tee off Dec. 2-6 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. A field of 106 players has their sights set on either earning membership or improving their current membership status for the 2010 LPGA Tour.

Among the hopefuls are Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Arizona, medalist at the first sectional qualifier in September at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif, and Stephanie Connelly, a native of Pasadena, Maryland, and winner of the second sectional qualifier in October at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. Blumenherst and Connelly are two of the 57 Duramed FUTURES Tour members attempting to earn 2010 LPGA Tour membership.

Consistent with the LPGA's history of being a true global tour, the 106-player field features players from 20 countries. South Korea is represented by nine players, followed by Canada (6) and Spain (5). Australia has four representatives, while Colombia, Sweden and Thailand each have three. Germany, Japan and Mexico each have two players in the field, and the countries of Denmark, Ecuador, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Venezuela each have a single representative.

Within the United States, 29 states are represented in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, with California leading the way with 12 athletes. Florida and Arizona have four, while Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Nevada and Texas each have a trio of hopefuls. Additionally, there are four amateurs in the field, looking for a breakthrough performance to warrant the start of their professional golf careers.

The five-day final qualifier, which will be played on both the Legends and Champions courses at LPGA International, will have a 72-hole cut to the low-70 players and ties. Those players will then compete on Sunday on the Champions course for the final 18 holes of play.

The top 20 players at the conclusion of the event will earn Priority in Category 11. In the event of a tie, a playoff will decide the 20th position. Players finishing in the 21st-30th spots will earn Priority in Category 16, followed by 31st-40th, who will receive Priority in Category 20.

Media interested in covering the upcoming LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., should apply for credentials at www.lpgamediacredentials.com.

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