Beisiegel Fails at Q-School


PGA Tour (75x100)LA QUINTA, Calif. -- LPGA Tour rookie Isabelle Beisiegel shot her best round of the week Friday, but it wasn't enough to end her attempt to become the first woman to qualify for the men's PGA Tour.
Beisiegel, 25, shot a 7-over 79 at the Norman Course at PGA West on Friday. Her 72-hole total of 35-over 323 was last among the 78 golfers who completed all four rounds of the first-stage qualifying tournament. Seven golfers withdrew during the tournament.
The top 24 players in the PGA West field advanced to next month's second stage. Players needed to shoot 294 to move on.
Beisiegel shot 84, 80 and 80 in the first three rounds of the qualifier. She was still frustrated by her play Friday, particularly around the greens.
'I should have been 3 under after three (holes) today,' said Beisiegel, who didn't have a birdie in her round for the first time this week.
'Not one birdie went in today,' she said. 'I hit 13 greens. It was frustrating.'
The medalist in the LPGA's qualifying tournament last year, Beisiegel was 79th on the LPGA money list this year with $120,586. She said she was disappointed with her scores, but was convinced they weren't representative of what she could do.
'The biggest thing I am going to take away from this week is that strength and length were not a factor,' she said. 'I already knew that, but now I have proof.'
Beisiegel, a native of Canada who played golf at the University of Oklahoma, said failing to qualify this year won't stop her from trying the process next year or trying some one-day qualifying events for PGA Tour stops in 2005.
'It was worth coming here and playing. I'm totally comfortable here,' she said. 'I'm just real excited about doing it again next year.'
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