Plantation to host huge q-school

The LPGA Qualifying School has made a major change, and the Plantation Golf and Country Club will benefit from it.

 In the past, Stage II of qualifying school has been split into two sections --- one in California and one at the Plantation in Venice. If a female golfer didn't qualify in California, she could go to Venice and try again. The qualifiers from those two sections then would advance to the final qualifying (Stage III) in December at Daytona Beach.

For the first time this year, the two sectionals will be combined into one and will be played on the two courses at the Plantation Sept. 25-30.  The top 70 and ties will advance to Daytona Beach.

Also, there is no more qualifying for the Futures Tour. Those golfers outside the top 70 and ties from Venice will have some kind of status on the 2012 Futures Tour.

"This is a wonderful compliment for our club," said Elaine Dexter, Plantation's membership director.

Some 240 golfers, their caddies and families will visit the Plantation, and that poses a parking problem. Spectators are being asked to park in the tennis parking lot, next to the golf entrance.

Practice rounds will be held on Sept. 25 and 26 with the first round starting on Sept. 27.

Early applications have been received by the LPGA from the following area players: Tatiana Gammicchia, Doris Chen, Ginger Howard, Victoria Tanco, Hannah Yun and Lindsey Bergeon.

Last year, Jessica Korda advanced through the LPGA qualifying process and earned her tour card.  She has won over $36,000 and ranks 92nd on the money list.  With two tournaments remaining, Korda needs to stay in the top 125 or will have to go to the final stage of qualifying.

This is the 23rd year qualifying has been held at Plantation. Annika Sorenstam and some of the biggest names on the LPGA Tour have passed through Venice.

 

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