Charley Hull, the breakout star of last weeks European Solheim Cup team, has cleared the first hurdle in her quest to play the LPGA Tour.
LPGA officials confirmed to GolfChannel.com that Hulls petition to play the tour before she turns 18 has been accepted by LPGA commissioner Michael Whan, paving the way for the Englishwoman to earn a tour card.
Hull, who turns 18 on March 20, is scheduled to play the second stage of LPGA Q-School beginning Oct. 8 at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla.
Under LPGA rules, players must turn 18 by Jan. 1 to enter Q-School, but it seems Hulls record this season on the Ladies European Tour ' she finished runner-up in her first five starts and is fourth on the Order of Merit ' was enough to convince Whan to waive the age requirement.
In 2011, Whan approved 16-year-old Lexi Thompsons petition to play before turning 18, but denied 16-year-old Ariya Jutanugarns request a year later.
Thompson won the 11 LPGA Navistar Classic and the first stage of Q-School by 10 shots before her petition was approved.
Hull, who went 2-1-0 last week at the Solheim Cup, is playing this weeks Canadian Womens Open on a sponsor invitation.