DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lorena Ochoa talked concerning the summer time of 2002 when she was just lately inducted into the World Golf Corridor of Fame. After dominating school golf at Arizona, Ochoa set out on an exhausting stretch on what was then often known as the Futures Tour, profitable 3 times in 10 begins to clinch her LPGA card. Again then solely three gamers earned LPGA playing cards, and Ochoa topped the cash record.

Now there are 10 gamers who “graduate” from the Symetra Tour every season. However qualifying for the LPGA off a restricted schedule is a tall activity. Annie Park did it in 2015, profitable 3 times in eleven begins after wrapping up her profession at USC.

Katelyn Dambaugh’s run wasn’t as glamorous, however the South Carolina grad acquired the job accomplished briefly order with 9 prime-20 finishes in 12 begins after graduating in Might. Your complete Symetra schedule included 22 occasions.

“My final aim was to play was nicely as I might to crack the highest 25 and get exempt into the ultimate stage of Q-Faculty,” stated Dambaugh.

The left-handed participant exceeded expectations by ending tenth on the cash listing, regardless of missed cuts to bookend her season. Now she has loads of time to relaxation up an injured hand earlier than the LPGA season begins subsequent yr within the Bahamas.

Dambaugh, a local of Goose Creek, S.C., posted the bottom profession scoring common in South Carolina historical past, seventy two.sixty seven, and gained the SEC Championship her senior yr.