Bradenton, Florida - 6 December 2005 - DLGA alumnus Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay earned her LPGA Tour card at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, FL. Granada, who recently turned 19, finished in a tie for 6th at the event scoring a 3-under-par 357 for the 90-hole tournament.
Granada trained at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy Bradenton for five years graduating in 2005. Some of her accomplishments include: the AJGA Rolex Player of the Year in 2004, 2004 U.S. Girls Junior Champion, Individual winner of the 2004 World Amateur Team Championship, 2004 Paraguay Athlete of the Year and 2005 South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Champion.
"Julieta is one of the hardest working girls to have ever come through DLGA Bradenton," stated DLGA Director David Whelan. "As a result of her desire to succeed and dedication to improve, she has developed a very consistent game, which will help her succeed at the next level."
Also joining the LPGA Tour is DLGA alumnus Virada Nirapathpongporn. Nirapathpongporn automatically qualified for the LPGA Tour by finishing in the top 5 on the Money List for the Ladies Futures Tour. She trained at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy for three years.
Granada and Nirapathpongporn bring the total number of DLGA Bradenton alumni on the LPGA Tour to seven joining Paula Creamer, Aree Song, Miriam Nagl, Candy Hannemann and Naree Song, who has non-exempt status.
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