Three Aussies advance to LPGA Q-School finals
Dreams of a career on the LPGA Tour remain alive and well for three Australians, after Stage II of the LPGA Qualifying School was completed in Florida last month.
Rebecca Artis, Breanna Elliott and Su Oh were among the top 85 players who will move on to the Final Stage next month.
Australia’s Rebecca Artis (Credit: Tristan Jones/LET)
Artis and Elliott enjoyed the more comfortable passages of the three, while defending Australian Masters champion Oh had to battle gamely to avoid elimination – eventually making it through by just a single stroke.
17-year old Nelly Korda, who’s father and sister – Petr and Jessica – have been past Australian Open champions in their chosen sports, showed there is another star in the family by earning medalist honours ahead of 194 players who contested the four-round Stage.
Korda fired a final round 69 on the Bobcat Course to post 4-under for the week and finish a stroke clear of Grace Na of Alameda, California.
The win at Stage II will mark the end of the qualifying road for Korda as prior to the start of Stage I, the 17-year-old petitioned the LPGA for a waiver to go to Q-School in a bid to play the Symetra Tour next year.
She turns 18 in July of 2016. The LPGA has a rule requiring members be 18 years old.
“I’m only allowed to do two stages so this is my final stage and I’m able to get my full card for Symetra,” Korda explained earlier in the week.
“It’s more options. It’s a pretty good option. The girls out there play so well. I have good options, I’m either going to go to college or try the Symetra Tour.”
The 85 players who made the cut will advance to the Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at the LPGA International Golf Course in Florida from December 2-6.