LPGA.com has just posted a preview for the 3rd round of LPGA Q-School (see below). The 3rd round, played in Daytona Beach, Fl, will feature a dozen players who have trained or currently train at IMG Academy in its field of 142. Ginger Howard (who won the 2nd stage), Victoria Tanco (we sat down with Victoria Tanco when she came back "home" to train a couple of weeks ago. Read that storyhere), and Jaclyn Sweeney are among those who will all play to finish in one of the top 40 positions to earn their Tour Card for next year.
The others include:
Also representing IMG Academy is:
The LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament will bring a field of 142 players to Florida this week.
Hoping to earn 2012 LPGA playing status, those players will compete in a 90-hole tournament Wednesday through Sunday (Nov. 30 through Dec. 4) on both the Legends and Champions courses at LPGA International.
Each contestant will play two rounds on both the Legends and Champions courses. A tournament cut will be made to the low 70 scores and ties after 72 holes (four rounds). The final round will be played on the Champions Course.
The five-round tournament is the final event in the three-part annual qualifying tournament held to determine membership on both the LPGA and Symetra Tour (formerly known as the LPGA Futures Tour). This year is the first time the two tours have operated joint "Q-schools" and the first time all of the qualifying tournaments have been staged in the state of Florida - home to the LPGA.
Florida teenager Ginger Howard, medalist at the LPGA's Stage II Qualifying Tournament, will be in the final-stage field. She won the second stage of qualifying on the Bobcat Course in September at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla., edging amateur Julia Boland of Tamworth, Australia by one shot. Boland played collegiately at Texas A&M University. Howard, a home-schooled high school senior, plays out of the IMG Academy golf program in Bradenton, Fla.
In addition, other top players in the field will be: Japan's Mitsuki Katahira, formerly ranked No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) individual champion from Daytona State College; UCLA's Stephanie Kono of Hawaii, a 2010 U.S. Curtis Cup Team player and member of UCLA's 2011 NCAA Championship team; and Argentina's Victoria Tanco, winner of the 2011 Women's Western Amateur Championship.
Former Purdue University teammates Junthima Gulyanamitta of Thailand and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Canada, also will be in the field. They were members of Purdue's 2010 NCAA Championship team. Gulyanamitta is the younger sister of former LPGA Tour player Russie Gulyanamitta.