The road to the LPGA in 2017 officially comes to an end this week at Qualifying School Stage III, where 166 players will compete for 20 LPGA cards on offer over the Jones and Hills courses of LPGA International in Daytona Beach Florida.
Australians Wendy Doolan, Rebecca Artis, Stephanie Na and Celina Yuan, along with New Zealander Liv Cheng will be putting it all on the line this week as they search for the holy grail of the women's game, a card to play on the lucrative LPGA Tour.
To determine status for the 2018 LPGA and Symetra Tour seasons, participants will face a gruelling 90-hole stroke play format. Each player will be randomly assigned to either the first rotation (Hills-Jones-Hills-Jones) or second rotation (Jones-Hills-Jones-Hills) for rounds one through four.
Pairings will remain the same in rounds one and two, but for rounds three and four, players will be re-paired by score within their respective rotation group. After 72 holes, the field will be cut to the top 70 players and ties. Those making the 72-hole cut will be re-paired for the final round, which will be played on the Hills Course.
Only 20 full-time LPGA cards are up for grabs, so if there is a tie for the 20th position at the conclusion of the tournament, the players tied will compete in a three-hole aggregate stroke-play playoff. If players remain tied following that, they will move to a hole-by-hole playoff. Those who finish in places 21-45, and players tied for 45th, earn conditional LPGA status for 2018.
In total, 31 countries will be represented at the Final Stage. The field also features 73 individuals who have held LPGA membership in 2017 including the oldest competitor in the field and frequent visitor to the ALPG Tour (Lorie Kane - 52), the No. 41 ranked player in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings in 2016 Oates Victorian Open Champion Georgia Hall, 33 players who started at Stage I and eight amateurs.
The qualifying tournament begins on Wednesday, November 29, and ends on Sunday, December 3.
LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING QUICK FACTS
Format: 90-hole stroke play; cut after 72 holes to low 70 players and ties
Hills Course Yardage: 6566
Jones Course Yardage: 6449
What’s at Stake: Top 20 earn full LPGA status; 21-45 and ties earn conditional LPGA status
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