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Christina Kim Top Name As LPGA Q-School Finals Begin on Wednesday

By November 26, 2012

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The two biggest names, at least in terms of career achievements, at the final stage of 2012 LPGA Q-School this week are LPGA Tour stalwarts Christina Kim and Laura Diaz. But the best players to emerge and move forward might come from a group of LET members and youngsters just out of college.

The final stage tees off on Wednesday at LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla., and concludes on Sunday after five rounds. The field is cut to 70 after the fourth round, and those finishing in the Top 40 get some level of status on the 2013 LPGA Tour. How many of those 40 will get the highest available status has not yet been announced, but it's likely to be the top 15 or 20.

Diaz played on four Solheim Cup teams in her career, but that career has been slowly winding down for several years as injuries and age caught up to her.

Kim, on the other hand, was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team just one year ago, her third time on the American Cup side. But Kim hasn't won on the LPGA since 2005 (she did win an LET event in 2011) and slipped to 110th on the money list this season. It's been a year of struggles with her game combined with personal bouts of depression, both of which Kim has publicly discussed.

A couple of current LET members are intriguing names to watch this week, too: Melissa Reid and Caroline Masson. Reid was on the European team at the 2011 Solheim Cup and has four career LET wins, including one in 2012. It was a season shortened by the death of Reid's mother in a car accident earlier in the year, but she still sits 19th on the LET money list. Masson had one win and three seconds on the LET in 2012, and is second on the LET money list. Reid is 25 years old, Masson is 23.

What about the young players in their first or second pro seasons, including those just out of college (or who turned pro in their teens)? Keep an eye on Ginger Howard, Brooke Pancake, Austin Ernst, Lisa McCloskey and Moriya Jutanugarn. The full field can be viewed on the LPGA.com Q-School page.

And what's going on with other tours' Q-Schools?

  • European Tour: Q-School finals is under way now, and concludes on Thursday. View scores
  • Ladies European Tour: The LET's Pre-Qualifier is Dec. 6-9 (Cheyenne Woods is entered), and its Final Qualifier is Dec. 13-17.
  • PGA Tour: The final stage begins Wednesday. More on that to come.

See also:
2013 European Tour schedule

Comments

November 27, 2012 at 7:36 am
(1) john g. says:

Hey Brent. The Ladies European Tour still has 2 events remaining, so Reid didn’t “finish” 19th on the money list, and Masson didn’t “finish” 2nd.

November 27, 2012 at 8:56 am
(2) golf says:

Thanks for the heads-up John. Corrected.

November 28, 2012 at 11:57 am
(3) Scott harrison says:

Does anybody know if the LPGA Q school is being televised nationally?

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