3 IJGT Alumni Earn their LPGA Tour card

Twenty players earned their 2016 LPGA Tour card this past weekend at  the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The tournament was held at LPGA International (on the Jones and Hills Courses) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Three of the twenty players who earned their cards are IJGT Alumni, including Simin Feng, who claimed medalist honors by winning the event. The two other IJGT Alumni to earn their LPGA Tour cards were Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (T4) and Cheyenne Woods (T13).

Simin Feng shot 18-under for the tournament to win by an impressive 7 stokes.  She was the wire-to-wire winner of the event. Her score is tied for the third lowest since 2004, when the LPGA went to a 5 year Qualifying tournament.

Simin Feng

Simin Feng

This is what Feng had to say about her first place finish: “Im very excited. Last year I had a really bad final day to finish sixth in Q-School but this year I got it done with a win. Im looking for better things to happen moving forward.”

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Weekend Update – IJGT ELITE

IJGT alumni from all across the country played well the last week in the professional tours, as well as some top -level amateur events. In the professional ranks on the LPGA, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., finished in a tie for fifth place at the inaugural KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Pressel has moved up to 20th in the Rolex Rankings and has recorded four top-10 finishes on the LPGA this season. Another IJGT alumna, Shanshan Feng of Guangzhou, China, also finished in a tie for 13th place.

On the Tour, two IJGT alumni finished in the top 10 with Michael Kim finishing in a tie for third place, and Jamie Lovemark finishing in a tie for eighth place at the Rust-Oleum Championship in Westlake, Ohio. This was Kim’s best finish on the Tour this season, and Lovemark’s third top-10 finish of the season. Both players are currently inside the top 25 on the Tour’s Money List, which is significant because the top 25 earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2015-2016 season.

In the rain-shortened, Symetra Tour Decatur-Forsyth Classic, IJGT alumni Maude-Aimee Leblanc  of Sherbooke, Quebec, and Shannon Fish of Houston, Texas, finished inside the top 10 recording second place and fourth place finishes respectively.

Ben Schlottman of Advance, N.C., won the 2015 Palmetto Amateur with an 8-under 272. Held at the prestigious Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C., the Palmetto Amateur featured some of the strongest amateurs in the country. Schlottman took the second-round lead, after a 6-under 64, but after a 73 in the third round, he would have to come from behind. Schlottman did just that closing with a 4-under 66 including a 3-under 33 back-nine score to secure the victory for the rising sophomore at Auburn University.

Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn., won the Southwestern Amateur in Scottsdale, Ariz. Healey, who recently completed his junior season at Cal State-San Marcos (NAIA), birdied his last three holes of regulation to shoot a closing 4-under 275 at Desert Mountain Club. He finished 72 holes at 5-under 275. To read more click on the Golfweek article here.