Aussies tackle Final Stage of LPGA Q-School

The journey for many began back in August but for the 153 players teeing off in the Final Stage of the LPGA Tour’s Qualifying Tournament this week, it’s now all or nothing in their bid for Tour cards for the 2014 season.

The LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Fla. will be the scene of agony and ecstasy this week as a broad range of local and international players, Tour veterans hoping to earn back their playing privileges and a host of wide-eyed amateurs converge to do battle over 90 torturous holes.

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Among them are ten Australians, the most notable including ALPG and Ladies European Tour winners Stacey Keating, Kristie Smith, Frances Bondad and Rebecca Artis. Victorian amateur Breanna Elliott takes her place in the field after winning through each stage to earn her date with destiny.

Other featured players include multiple LET winners Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Simon from South Africa, former U.S. Women’s Open champion Birdie Kim from Sth Korea, Canadian LPGA Tour veteran Lori Kane and Cheyenne Woods, niece of world number one Tiger Woods, who performed admirably under the weight of obvious scrutiny in her rookie season on the Ladies European Tour this year.

Although the exact number of cards on offer is to be determined, 2012’s Final Stage saw 20 players receive full status on Tour while a further 25 received partial status.