WA’s Minjee Lee and Victorian Su Oh will be leading the Australian contingent teeing it up this week in the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying School.
Nine (9) Australians will be trying to secure a place, or improve their status, on the LPGA tour in 2015. Lee and Oh, who both have recently turned pro, are joined in the field by fellow compatriots Breanna Elliott, Emma de Groot, Rebecca Artis, Jayne Panos and Maggie Yuan, all of whom are trying to secure a card for 2015.
Julia Boland and Stacey Keating on the other hand are trying to improve their current status.
Keating believes last years’ experience at Q-School will certainly help this week.
“Definitely! I know what to expect, I know it’s a very, very, very long week, and the turtle sure wins the race!!”
“I also feel that since I have LET status, and already some guaranteed LPGA status I hope I can be a little more relaxed than others as I have something to fall back on, but in the end, we all want the same, a full tour card for 2015!”
Keating is relatively happy with the way she has been playing, “Yeah its been ok, little patchy to be honest, I actually feel I been playing well, just not scoring, but that’s golf, so I hope I can keep hitting it well, and just let a score happen.”
The final stage is being played over 90 holes at the LPGA International - Jones and Hill courses in Florida from 3 to 7 December. There will be a 72-hole cut after play on Saturday local time. The top 70 plus ties will tee off in the fifth and final round.
154 players will be vying for approximately 20 “full” LPGA card (Category 12) and 25 partial, “conditional cards” (Category 17).
This year is one of the strongest in recent memory with three players inside the top 40 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings: Ha Na Jang (No. 25, Seoul, South Korea), Charley Hull (No. 37, Kettering, England) and Sei Young Kim (No. 40, Seoul, South Korea).
Notables in the field include American Cheyenne Woods, Canadian Lorie Kane and former US Open winner Birdie Kim.