HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – We are very proud to announce that two former IJGT members , Babe Liu and Moyu Sasaki, have made it past the LPGA Stage I Qualifying Tournament. The tournament, made up of three stages, features 18+ year-old female amateurs and professionals who are looking to qualify to be a part of the LPGA Tour. These golfers must have a handicap of 4.0 or less based on courses with an average length of 6,200 yards to be eligible to compete.
Stage I of the tournament was held from Aug. 27-30 at the 6,442-yard, par 36-36–72 Dinah Shore and 6,406-yard, par 36-36–72 Palmer Courses at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The event had a maximum field of 288 players with a 72 hole stroke-play format with no cut. The Top 100 finishers move on to Stage II of the qualifying tournament.
Yi Chen (Babe) Liu, from Tao Yuan City, Taiwan, had a spectacular four rounds at the event, posting a final 4-under-par 284 (73-70-67-74), which landed her a respectable eighth-place finish. While a student at the International Junior Golf Academy, Liu played in two notable events, gaining a victory at the IJGT Florida Swing at Innisbrook in Tampa, Fla., as well as the second-place finish at the IJGT College Classic at Duke University.
Moyu Sasaki, a 2013 graduate from Tokyo, Japan, also played well and posted a final 9-over-par 297 (78-71-70-78), putting her tied for 79th on the leaderboard. Sasaki enjoyed great success in her time on the IJGT. In 2011-2012 she was the IJGT Player of the Year earning four victories on the season. Sasaki played in 11 events on the IJGT during the 2012-2013 season, with two extraordinary victories at The Shootout at Colleton River Plantation, as well as the Oyster Reef Golf Club. She also had a second-place finish at the Shamrock Shootout at Palmetto Hall.
We look forward to seeing Liu and Sasaki in the Stage II event on Oct. 8-11 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. We wish them the best of luck!