Christina Kim and Melissa Reid are the headliners at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament this week at LPGA International in Daytona Beach.
Kim, a two-time LPGA winner, and Reid, a four-time Ladies European Tour winner from England, will lead a field of 122 players when the final stage of Q-School begins Wednesday. Five rounds are scheduled with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after four rounds.
The top 20 following Sunday’s final round will earn Category 12 status on the LPGA next year. Players finishing 21st through 45th and ties will earn Category 17 status.
Kim, 28, a tour pro so popular she wrote an autobiography in 2010 titled “Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star,” had another confession to make earlier this year. In the midst of her competitive swoon this summer, she wrote an expansive blog about her struggles with depression.
“Depression. Thoughts of suicide. Irritability. The inability to smile. No, this isn’t an advertisement for Prozac,” Kim wrote. “This has been my life for the last two years.'
Kim made a point in that confession of detailing how she’s finding positives in life again.
“I am cautiously optimistic,” she wrote. “Harrowing as it has been to relive the last year and a half of my life, in doing so, I also feel more cleansed than I have in a very long time. Life is not so bad. In fact, it is grand. It's the one thing we are sure of ever having.”
Kim endured the toughest year of her career this past season, missing 11 cuts in 19 starts and finishing 110th on the money list with $38,384, a career worst finish in winnings. She’ll be looking this week to set the stage for a rebound next year.
It was also an emotional year for Reid, whose mother, Joy, was killed in a car crash while in Germany this summer to watch Melissa play an LET event. Melissa didn’t play again for a month, but she won her first LET start after the tragedy.
This week'sfield also includes Japan LPGA standout Chie Arimura, No. 19 in the Rolex world rankings.