Jaye Marie Green finished off a dominant performance Sunday at LPGA Q-School finals.
Japan’s Haru Nomura and South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon won a playoff for the final exempt spots awarded to the LPGA next year.
All the drama Green took out of who was going to win medalist honors was packed into the race for the final tour cards awarded.
With a 4-under-par 68 in the final round, Green claimed a 10-shot victory, going wire to wire to win with a 29-under-par 331 total, the Q-School record at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. She shattered the Q-School record Stacy Lewis set at LPGA International in 2008 by 11 shots. Green opened the week with a 62 and then followed it up with 68, 66, 67, 68.
South Korea’s Mi Rim Lee (69) finished second Sunday at 341 with Tiffany Joh (71) finishing third at 345 and Amy Anderson (69) fourth at 346.
“This is going to be a week that I’ll always remember,” Green, 19, of Boca Raton, Fla., said in the LPGA's media report. “I was the most nervous on that last green when I didn’t have to be, but I really was. When that putt fell, I was just speechless, and I think I was just seeing stars, really. It was a cool feeling. I just felt really relieved.”
Green was a Symetra Tour rookie this past season. Two summers ago, she finished runner up to Lydia Ko at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
The top 20 finishers earned exempt status on tour next year with the next 25 scores and ties earning conditional status.
With a four-way tie for 19th at the end of 90 holes, a three-hole aggregate playoff was staged for the final two exempt spots. Simon claimed the first with a birdie at the third playoff hole. Nomura claimed the final spot after the first sudden-death extra hole, edging out Megan McChrystal and Jenny Suh for that final exempt spot.
Seon Hwa Lee, the LPGA’s 2006 Rookie of the Year, grabbed one of the 20 exempt spots finishing sixth. China’s 17-year-old Xiyu Lin will be joining fellow countrywoman Shanshan Feng as an exempt member of the LPGA next year. Lin tied for ninth.