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Eight IMG Academy alumni make it through first stage of LPGA Q-School

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Mia Piccio, seen here at IMG Academy in 2009, finished in the top-3 in the first stage of LPGA Q-School in August

The first stage of LPGA Q-School took place at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Aug. 27-30. The Top-100 and ties all earned a place for the second stage of Q-school, and eight IMG Academy Golf program alumni were among those to continue their journey toward an LPGA Tour card. The qualifiers for Stage II included Mia Piccio, a recent University of Florida grad that finished third; Susy Benavides, who recently graduated from Ohio State and spent the summer at IMG Academy preparing, finishing 13th; Carolin Pinegger who finished 21st; Kelly Tan and Dottie Ardina, tied at 24th; Margarita Ramos and Sally Watson, tied at 42nd; Rhea Nair who finished 70th; Maribel Lopez who came in 79th; and rounding out the list is current student-athlete Noriko Inoue, who finished 88th. 

Stage II of LPGA Q-School will get underway at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla., Oct. 8-11.