2009 Sectional Qualifier - California - Final-round Story

Blumenherst wins LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament
30 players advance to final stage of LPGA qualifying

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Sept. 20, 2009 – The first leg of the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament is complete and the top-30 players are headed to Daytona Beach for the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Amanda Blumenherst shot a 2-under-par 70 in Sunday's final round to earn medalist honors at the Palm Springs sectional at Mission Hills Country Club's Dinah Shore Tournament Course. She finished the week at 16-under-par 272 (70-67-65-70) overall, six strokes better than Azahara Munoz of Spain. The final cut came at 2-over-par 290.

Blumenherst arrived in Palm Springs with the goal of winning, and she prepared for this week as just another tournament on her schedule. That motivation carried her through the week and left her at the top of the leaderboard.

“I was just playing like it was a normal tournament,” she said. “I was playing the best I could, and I didn't think about making the cut or posting a certain score. I just continued to play my game. I have been hitting my shots really good lately, so my goal was to just keep positive and just play my game.”

The Scottsdale, Ariz., native finished the final day with three birdies and one bogey. Between now and the final stage of LPGA qualifying, Blumenherst will continue practicing and work on the things that brought her success this week at Mission Hills Country Club, the host course for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of four majors on the LPGA Tour.

“Well, I have one more tournament to play, then I will just continue working on my game. I will probably continue working on my chipping. I need to maintain the same ball striking, which I have been doing very well lately. I will work more on my short game as well.”

Azahara Munoz of Spain finished in the runner-up spot with an overall score of 10-under-par 278 (70-66-71-71). Munoz has now qualified for the Final LPGA Qualifying Tournament on her first attempt, and hopes to continue her successful play in the coming months.

“I played really well this week,” she said. “I felt good all week, and it showed in my game. I'm just excited that I finished where I needed to and now can focus on the final qualifier in Daytona Beach. Overall, I am happy with my game this week.”

The first two days, players competed on both the Palmer and Dinah Shore Tournament Courses at Mission Hills Country Club, playing each of the courses once before the cut was made to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes. The final two rounds were played on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. The top-30 players and ties after 72 holes advance to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., Dec. 2-6.

The second LPGA Tour Sectional Qualifying Tournament will be Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2009, at Plantation Golf and Country Club's Bobcat and Panther Courses in Venice, Fla. The top-30 finishers and ties from the Venice qualifier will join the top-30 players and ties from this week's sectional qualifier at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Making up the rest of the field in Daytona Beach will be current LPGA Tour members attempting to improve their priority standing and eligible Duramed FUTURES Tour players who automatically advanced based on their position on the 2009 season-ending money list.

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