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Brent Kelley

Jutanugarn Wins LET Q-School, Woods Gets Partial Status

By December 17, 2012

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The Jutanugarn sisters, from Thailand, have been among the top amateur, female golfers in the world for the past few years. Last month, Moriya, age 18, entered LPGA Q-School. And Ariya tried to enter LPGA Q-School. But because Ariya is only 17, she had to apply for an age waiver, which the LPGA declined.

So Ariya entered the Ladies European Tour's Q-School instead. And how did the sisters fare? A couple weeks ago Moriya was co-winner of the LPGA Q-School finals.

And on Monday, Ariya was the outright winner of the LET's Q-School finals. That's a pretty good sister act.

Ariya finished at 24-under par, five strokes in front of veteran Australian pro Nikki Campbell (who has wins in Japan) and English amateur Emily Taylor.

And how did Cheyenne Woods do? Recall that Woods was unable to reach the LPGA final stage. She did reach the LET's final stage, and made the cut, but Woods fell short of earning full status on the 2013 LET. Only the Top 30 and ties earned the highest-available exemption status. Woods finished tied for 36th with a final score of 4-under par.

But that does get Woods a lower exemption status on the LET next season. I checked a few of the players who had Woods' exemption status during 2012, and all those I checked got into at least a few tournaments during the past season. It's possible that Woods' status could get her into a half-dozen or so LET events in 2013. And with sponsor exemptions, which Woods shouldn't struggle to find, she can probably play 10 or more LET events next year if she wants.

View the final scores from LET Q-School


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