Five college golfers had a decision to make.
Should I continue my professional career or go back to school for the spring semester? Michigan 5th year student Ashley Lau, Oregon junior Cynthia Lu, Georgia high school student Jenny Bay, Michigan State high school student Valery Plata, and Miami sophomore Natalia Guseva finished in the top 50 at the second LPGA qualifying round last week, which means a place in the final stage of qualification.
That is, if they become professional.
This year, the LPGA rules stated that only professionals could compete in the finals. Eight amateurs, including five college players, had to decide whether to turn pro and forgo the spring semester of college golf or go back to school and wait to pursue their futures.
Lou from Oregon, the youngest, decided to stay at the school.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to play Stages I and II of the LPGA Q-School because it revealed certain areas of my game that still need to be worked on before I turn pro,” Lu said. golf week in the text. “With that said, I have decided to remain an amateur and postpone the Q-Series. I have faith in Coach Derek (Radley) and Coach Monica (Von) who will continue to help and support me until I make the decision to go pro. I am so excited to be playing this coming spring season with my team. Go ducks.”
Lou is ranked 28th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 35th in the world amateur golf rankings. She finished second in strike play at the East Lake City Cup, and the runners-up Ducks are looking to challenge for the title again this spring.
The older Jenny Bae is also returning to school, but Lau and Guseva have decided to forego the remainder of their seasons and enter the Q-Series. golf week has not yet confirmed the Board’s decision.
Series Q kicks off Monday at Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama. Top 70s and ties advance to the 72-hole LPGA Card Finals, which will take place December 5-11 at Highland Oaks Golf Course in Dothan, Alabama.
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