Futures Tour Set for Qualifying for 2003


Futures TourLAKELAND, Fla -- Amateur twins Aree and Naree Wongluekiet and former Duke University star Jenny Chuasiriporn will compete in the fourth annual Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament Nov. 5-8 in Lakeland, Fla.
The roster includes 94 international players representing 28 different countries worldwide from countries such as Columbia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Iceland, Russia, Taiwan and Venezuela. Due to the overwhelming number of applicants, three golf courses will be utilized - The Club at Eaglebrooke, Imperial Lakes Country Club, and Cleveland Heights Golf Course. The tournament will be a 72-hole event with a cut made to the low 100 and ties after 54 holes.
'This year's qualifying tournament includes players from more countries than ever before,' said Zayra F. Calderon, president and chief executive officer of the Futures Golf Tour. 'This worldwide interest is a testimony to the caliber of play and competitiveness of players on our Tour. It is also encouraging and rewarding to see the growth of women professional golfers around the globe. This is the core of our mission.'
Chuasiriporn, of Timonium, Md., is a 1998 Curtis Cup team member who made headlines after her outstanding runner-up finish in the 1998 U.S. Women's Open Championship, losing in a 20-hole playoff to Se Ri Pak.
Aree Wongluekiet, who was a co-medalist at last year's Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament, played in one tournament during the 2002 season, The Greater Lima Futures Open in Lima, Ohio, and finished tied for 43rd. The 2000 Nancy Lopez Award winner will be joined by sister Naree, who finished tied for fifth at last year's Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament. Due to injury, Naree was unable to compete during the 2002 Futures Tour season.
The top 38 players in the tournament field will earn Priority 1, Category A-3 status, giving each direct entry to Futures Tour tournaments. The next 35 players will receive Priority 2, Category C status for the 2003 season. The top 90 players on the 2002 Futures Tour Money List received Priority 1, Category A-1 status for the 2003 season by virtue of their ranking. For detailed information on the 2003 Futures Tour Eligibility for Play, please visit the web site at www..Futurestour.com/About.html.