Two former International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) members and IJGA students, Yi Chen (Babe) Liu and Marta Silva, have advanced past Stage II of the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament and into the Stage III Final Qualifying Tournament.
After coming in eighth place during Stage I at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Aug. 27-30, Liu was looking for another strong finish in the hopes of reaching the third and final round of the tournament, after which the top 40 players receive Tournament Division Membership.
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Liu, from Tao Yuan City, Taiwan, finished the event with a 70-70-80-74–294, a 6-over-par performance which landed her in an eleven-way tie for 80th place, just narrowly making the cut into the final round.
While a member of the IJGT, 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.
Silva, from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is a member of the Symetra Tour, which is the official developmental golf tour of the LPGA Tour. She had an impressive outing at the Stage II event, scoring a 72-71-71-74–288, an even-par performance which gave her a tied for 28th-place finish.
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Silva was a member of the IJGT and later joined the University of Georgia Women’s Golf Team, where she graduated in 2012 with an outstanding collegiate resume, including being named the 2011 National Player of the Year and 2011 SEC Golfer of the Year.
Minami Levonowich, also a former IJGT member and student of the IJGA, recently tied for seventh in the Diane Thomason Invitational, hosted by the University of Iowa in Iowa City from Oct. 12-13, 2013. Levonowich, a sophomore from Hilton Head Island, S.C., represented her University of Kansas Women’s Golf Team which placed second at the event out of 12 competing schools.
Shooting a 76-76-75–227, Levonowich finished third on her team with an 11-over-par performance through three rounds. She started the tournament off strong, sinking two birdies in the first six holes to card a 2-under-par with three left to play on the front nine. Though she slowed down a bit on the back nine, Levonowich ended the day with a respectable 4-over-par 76, just four shots off the lead.
After shooting 76 in Round 2, with two separate stretches of six straight pars, Levonowich entered the final round with another six pars in the first seven holes. She birdied out on No. 9 before finishing the day at 3-over-par 75. This score tied for her collegiate-best, which came in the final round of the Lady Jaguar Invitational while a member of the Kennesaw State Women’s Golf Team during the 2011-2012 season.
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While playing for the IJGT, she competed in four events during 2010-2011 season. Her resume included three top ten finishes, with a fifth place finish at the Palmetto Hall – Hilton Head Island, S.C. Event in Sep. 2010, and a tied for fourth place finish at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island event in Feb. 2011.
Coming up next for Levonowich and the Kansas Jayhawks is the 2013 Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C., on Oct. 27-28, 2013.