Song Yi Choi wins finale earns one of 10 LPGA cards for 2010


Duramed Futures TourALBANY, N.Y. – South Korea’s Song Yi Choi won the Duramed Futures Tour’s season-ending ILOVENY Championship on Sunday to finish fifth on the money list and earn one of 10 2010 LPGA cards available on the developmental tour.

Choi closed with a 1-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Libby Smith (68), finishing at 15-under 205 on the Capital Hills at Albany course. Choi earned $15,400 for her first pro victory to jump from 11th to fifth with $42,939.

“It’s a very good feeling,” Choi said. “I came into this week knowing I had to win and move up. I can’t wait for next year.”

Mina Harigae topped the money list with $88,386. The 19-year-old star, a three-time winner in her rookie season, tied for third Sunday, two strokes behind Choi.

“To come in first, it’s just the icing on the cake,” Harigae said.

Jean Reynolds won two times this season and finished second with $76,647.

“It’s awesome,” Reynolds said. “I’ve been looking forward to this.”

Misun Cho was third at $64,118, followed by Samantha Richdale ($59,292), Choi, Whitney Wade ($41,393), Angela Buzminski ($37,048), Christine Song ($35,130), Alison Walshe Westford ($34,225) and Dewi Claire Schreefel ($30,600).

Pernilla Lindberg finished 11th with $29,767.