In 2008, LPGA rookie M.J. Hur of Seoul, South Korea, secured her spot on the LPGA tour by finishing fourth on the Duramed FUTURES Tour season money list. Now she's an LPGA Tour champion, having won the Safeway Classic last week in Portland, Ore.
As the 2009 Duramed FUTURES Tour season comes to an end this weekend at the ILOVENY Championship in Albany, N.Y., Hur's success isn't far from the minds of the professionals currently on their way to the LPGA.
Currently ranked third on the Duramed FUTURES Tour season money list (as of the Turkey Hill Classic), Misun Cho of Cheongju, South Korea, feels Hur's accomplishment so early in her LPGA career is something that she's capable of achieving.
"Absolutely," said Cho, who won twice this season on the Tour. "Even when I played in the U.S. Open this year, I knew I could compete against the LPGA players. I still have a lot to improve, but if you're in the top five or top 10 on this Tour, anything is possible."
Rookie Pernilla Lindberg, of Bollnas, Sweden, agrees.
"For sure, the top players out here can be top players on the LPGA Tour," said Lindberg, who is currently ranked tenth on the money list. "With LPGA rookies Hur and Anna Nordqvist winning this year in their first LPGA season, it just proves that. And it pushes us in the right direction."
See who makes it to the LPGA this Sunday on duramedfuturestour.com, as we bring you live streaming video from the 2009 LPGA Card Award Ceremony, immediately following completion of the ILOVENY Championship (at approximately 5 p.m. EDT).
Fans can follow live tournament action from Capital Hills at Albany golf course Friday through Sunday. Beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, former ESPN anchor Betsy Ross providing five-minute video updates from the leaderboard, along with player interviews at the top of each hour on www.duramedfutures.com, and replays available on the Tour's YouTube page, www.youtube.com/road2lpga.
The Tour's Twitter and Facebook fan page will be also be regularly updated throughout the weekend. Real-time scoring and all links to the Tour's social media can be found on fdh65.
For Twitter fans, follow the Duramed FUTURES Tour, www.twitter.com/Road2LPGA. If you don't have a Twitter account, it's easy to register -- free of charge -- with your e-mail and a password. Photos and videos from the course will be posted with an "inside-the-ropes" look at the final stop of the 2009 season.
If you already follow the Duramed FUTURES Tour, consider becoming a fan on Facebook, too. Follow this link to become a fan: Facebook.com/DuramedFUTURESTour.
Be sure to check the Tour's Web site and social media outlets for scheduling updates.