Date: October 26, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Aussie trio advance to Q-School finale

Three Australian women advanced through the second stage of the LPGA Q-School Tournament in Florida today.

Rebecca Artis, of New South Wales, and Victorian pair Breanna Elliott and Su Oh all advanced to the final stage of Q-School in early December.

But for Ellen Davies-Graham, Jayde Panos and Lauren Hibbert, their LPGA dream has been put on ice for another year.

Artis and Elliott each had fine weekends shooting a combined two under par to finish tied for 28th at nine over.

Oh’s path, however, was not so cut and dried. The Melburnian member of the Golf Australia rookie squad bogeyed the 14th hole to fall one shot outside the projected cut line of 15 over.

But using all her guile, Oh conjured a spectacular birdie up the last hole of the Panther Course at the Plantation Golf and Country Club to claw back inside the top 80 and ties who advanced.

The tournament winner was amateur Nelly Korda, younger sister of former Women’s Australian Open champion Jessica, whose 69 took her to medal honours at four under.

However, as a 17-year-old, Korda will not progress to the final stage of Q-School having petitioned to play the first two stages and gladly taking her secondary Symetra Tour card as a result.

The 84 remaining players advance to the third and final stage of the Q-School at LPGA International Golf Course’s Jones & Hill Courses from December 2-6.

Players who finish in the top 20 there will receive category 12 status on the priority list for the LPGA Tour while players who finish 21-45 will receive category 17 conditional status.  

Artis, Oh and Elliott have already secured some Symetra Tour status for season 2016.