Chasing my dreams one shot at a time
I am in to Stage III! This past week I finished t-50 out of 155 women, thereby advancing out of Stage II and on to Stage III of LPGA Q-school. I played steady golf all week long to produce a +5 total after 4 rounds. I feel I still left a lot of shots out there, but this week was really only about finishing inside the top 70. Some stats that stood out after the 4 rounds were my fairways hit (92%) and putts per round (29.75). I am very pleased with both of these aspects of my game, and I know that once I increase my greens in regulation percentage (61.11%) and driving distance, my scores will drop.
My good play this week came with a big reward- I am now exempt onto the Symetra tour for 2013. It is such a relief to know that I will have a full schedule of tournaments to play. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to compete for money every week and I cannot wait to start next year!
Stage III of Q-School is where players have the chance to earn their LPGA card. The LPGA card is far more coveted than the Symetra card because there is much more money to be won on the LPGA tour. There will be approximately 130 women at this event competing for 20 cards. Stage III will be played back in Daytona Beach at LPGA International (the site of Stage I) November 28 through December 2nd.
I am now back off to Lincoln to begin preparation for the next stage... and go to college too :)
There is only one more day left before I begin Stage II of LPGA Qualifying School! I arrived here in Venice, Florida this past Friday. The tournament is being played on the Bobcat and Panther courses at Plantation Country Club. I played practice rounds Friday, Saturday, today, and have one more tomorrow. The tournament begins on Tuesday, October 9th and runs through Friday, October 12th.
There are 157 women in the field, and the top 70 and ties after 4 rounds will advance to Stage III. There is no 36-hole cut. By advancing through Stage I of Q-school last month, I earned status on the Symetra Tour for next year. However, it is not fully exempt status (I do not have first priority into every tournament). Finishing in the top 70 and advancing to Stage III is what will earn me the exempt status on the Symetra Tour. More importantly, advancing to Stage III will also give me a chance to earn status on the LPGA Tour by finishing in the top 20 at that event.
Tee times have been posted, and on Tuesday I go at 9:00 AM off #10 on the Bobcat Course. I will play the Bobcat and Panther course two times each. Results from each round of the tournament will be posted on the LPGA website.
Thanks to everyone who has sent well wishes! It means a lot to have the support of friends and family.
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