2010 LPGA Sectional Qualifier - Final-Round Wrap Story

Lucy Nunn Is Medalist At Florida LPGA Q-School Sectional

VENICE, Fla., Sept. 30, 2010 – Third-round co-leader Lucy Nunn of Lawton, Okla., punched her ticket to the LPGA’s Final Qualifying Tournament today with a final-round score of 2-under 70 to medal at the LPGA Sectional Q-School in Florida.

The second-year professional on the Duramed FUTURES Tour carded four birdies and two bogeys today and saved par from six feet on the 18th hole. She won the sectional tournament with rounds of 73-70-69-70 for a 6-under 282 total on the Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club.

The former University of Arkansas collegian edged out former LPGA Tour members Mollie Fankhauser (69) of Columbus, Ohio, and Lee-Anne Pace (70) of Mosselbay, South Africa, who tied for second at 5-under 283. The three players advanced into the LPGA’s Final Q-School by finishing among the top 30 players and ties in this week’s event.

“I’m really happy about this week and excited to go to Daytona in December for the final stage,” said Nunn, 23, playing in her first LPGA qualifying tournament. “My goal was to be consistent and solid all week, and my feeling was if I qualified, I qualified, and if not, this would not be my last chance.”

Nunn hit 13 greens in regulation today and needed only 28 putts in her closing round. Her only hiccup was taking bogey on the seventh hole in each of the three rounds played on the Bobcat.

“That hole was the only one that got me all week,” she said.

A member of the LPGA Tour in 2008 and 2009, Fankhauser said she is happy to have a chance to regain her LPGA Tour card in December. The former Ohio State University All-American and two-time winner on the Duramed FUTURES Tour spent some extra time on the practice green Thursday evening and saw her efforts pay off today with five birdies and two bogeys.

“I’ll definitely take a lot of positives out of this week,” said Fankhauser, who is playing on the Ladies European Tour (LET) this season. “But we’re all starting from scratch again in Daytona for the final stage.”

Currently the LET’s No. 2 player on its 2010 money list, Pace said she played steady this week, recording three birdies and one bogey in her final round. The South African will return to Europe to finish out the LET season, and will weigh her chances to win that tour’s Order of Merit. Pace is conflicted by the fact that the LET’s tournament in Dubai, with one of its largest purses, has the same tournament date as the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

“It’s good to have options, but if I have to go to Dubai to win the Order of Merit, then I’ll do that rather than going to the LPGA Q-School Finals,” said Pace. “There’s always next year.”

Amateur Thidapa (“Jasmine”) Suwannapura (71) of Bangkok, Thailand, finished fourth at 4-under 284, while fellow Thai player Plai (“Pie”) Kongkraphan (73) finished fifth at 3-under 285.

Tied for sixth at 2-under 286 were Duramed FUTURES Tour players Min Seo Kwak (67) of Seoul, South Korea, and Briana Vega (71) of Andover, Mass.

Nine players finished the week under par, with a total of 12 players at even-par 288 or better in the 72-hole qualifier.

This week’s event was staged on both the Panther and Bobcat courses at Plantation Golf & Country Club, host of the LPGA’s Florida sectional for 23 years. Following a 36-hole tournament cut, the final two rounds were played only on the Bobcat Course.

A total of 34 players will advance from this week’s sectional tournament into the LPGA’s Final Qualifying Tournament, set for Dec. 8-12, at LPGA International on the Champions and Legends courses in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Florida sectional was the second of two sectional Q-Schools. The first sectional qualifier was held two weeks ago in California, advancing 30 players from that event into the LPGA’s final stage. After four rounds at each of the 72-hole qualifiers, the top-30 players and ties from each sectional will now advance into the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

Sectional qualifiers will be joined at the final stage of Q-school by current LPGA Tour members attempting to improve their status for 2011, along with players finishing Nos. 6-10, and the next top 10 players on the 2010 Duramed FUTURES Tour money list (who do not already have LPGA status).

The LPGA’s Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach will be contested over 90 holes, with a cut made after 72 holes to the low 70 and ties.

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