Bramlett not the only African-American to earn Tour Card for 2011


Joseph Bramlett made headlines across the country last week after earning his PGA Tour card Monday to become just the second player on the PGA Tour of African-American descent.

On Sunday 24-year-old Shasta Averyhardt became the only African-American player to earn status on the LPGA Tour. Averyhardt will be just the fourth African-American woman in the 60 year history of the LPGA Tour to play as a member.

The rookie professional out of Flint, Mich., was on pace to finish inside the fully-exempt top-20 after a round of 67 on Saturday tied her for eighth. Averyhardt struggled through Sunday’s final round conditions but her 79 was good enough to keep her inside the top-30 (T22) and earn her LPGA Tour card through the Priority List Category 16.

The 6’1” Averyhardt recorded nine wins in collegiate competition while a student at Jackson State University, a historically black university in Jackson, Miss., where she graduated in 2008 with a degree in accounting. She won the 2009 Sun Coast Series event at Stoneybrook West and played in 10 LPGA Duramed Futures Tour events in 2010.

Averyhardt is the first African-American LPGA member since LaRee Sugg in 2001.