Strudwick Wins LPGA Qualifying Tournament

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 13, 2001, 4:00 pm
Englands Suzanne Strudwick posted a final-round 72 to win the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. and earn her tour card for 2002.
 
Strudwick finished at 7-under-par 281 for the week, four shots better than anyone in the field, and collected $6,000 for her play.
 
However, the real fruits of her labor will come next season, as she and 17 others will move on ' with full playing privileges ' to the prestigious and lucrative LPGA Tour.
 
Of those 18 total players, eight were Americans, while ten were from other countries.
 
One of those international players was Jean-Marie Busuttil of France, who ended in outright second at 3-under-par, while 18-year-old American Natalie Gulbis was one of four golfers who ended at 2-under for the event.
 
Gulbis made headlines in 97, when at 14, she became the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to qualify for an official event.
 
That tournament was the Longs Drugs Challenge, and since, the youngster has been brilliant, winning three tournaments in her first year at the University of Arizona.
 
Now, she is truly moving on to the big-time. But, she says shes ready.
 
I kept expecting to get nervous, said Gulbis following her final-round of 72, but I never was.
 
In addition to the top-18 earning full privileges, the top-35 will also get to compete on the 02 tours schedule under a non-exempt conditional status.
 
The following were the top finishers from the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament from Daytona Beach, Fla.:
 
FULLY EXEMPT STATUS
 
1 Suzanne Strudwick, 69-71-69-72 281 ('7) $6,000
2 Jean-Marie Busuttil, 71-73-71-70 285 (-3) $5,000
3 JoAnne Mills, 70-74-72-70 286 (-2) $4,400
3 Smriti Mehra, 70-71-75-70 286 ('2) $4,400
3 Suzy Green, 71-74-69-72 286 ('2) $4,400
3 Natalie Gulbis, 69-76-69-72 286 (-2) $4,400
7 Connie Masterson, 75-75-68-69 287 (-1) $3,750
7 Ashli Bunch, 71-71-74-71 287 ('1) $3,750
9 Patricia Baxter-Johnson, 74-73-70-71 288 (E) $3,000
10 Siew-Ai Lim, 73-74-72-70 289 (+1) $2,083
10 Jenna Daniels, 74-74-70-71 289 (+1) $2,083
10 Beth Bader, 68-74-74-73 289 (+1) $2,083
13 Shiho Katano, 73-75-74-68 290 (+2) $1,600
13 Tonya Gill, 68-72-76-74 290 (+2) $1,600
15 #Natascha Fink, 75-74-74-68 291 (+3) $ 241
15 #Namika Omata, 71-77-74-69 291 (+3) $ 241
15 #Carmen Hajjar, 77-71-73-70 291 (+3) $ 241
15 # Sun Hee Lee, 73-74-70-74 291 (+3) $ 241
 
NON-EXEMPT CONDITIONAL STATUS
 
1 Jenny Park-Choi, 75-75-73-68 291 (+3) $ 241
2 Candie Kung, 68-71-78-74 291 (+3) $ 241
*Johanna Head, 75-75-72-70 292 (+4)
3 Mayumi Nakajima, 76-71-73-72 292 (+4)
*Marilyn Lovander, 74-73-71-74 292 (+4)
4 Jane Egan, 74-71-72-75 292 (+4)
5 Elizabeth Bowman, 75-74-76-68 293 (+5)
6 Karen Davies, 76-80-67-70 293 (+5)
7 Ara Koh, 72-77-72-72 293 (+5)
8 Lora Fairclough, 71-73-77-72 293 (+5)
9 Diane Irvin, 74-72-73-74 293 (+5)
10 ++Erika Wicoff
11 Amy Read, 74-70-75-74 293 (+5)
12 Caroline Hall, 76-78-70-70 294 (+6)
13 Asa Gottmo, 77-70-76-71 294 (+6)
14 Miriam Nagl, 75-72-76-71 294 (+6)
15 Ana Sanchez, 74-75-72-73 294 (+6)
16 Clarissa Childs, 75-71-75-73 294 (+6)
17 Minny Yeo, 74-71-76-73 294 (+6)
18 Michelle Bell, 72-72-77-73 294 (+6)
19 Hilary Homeyer, 77-72-71-74 294 (+6)
20 Giulia Sergas, 78-69-72-75 294 (+6)
21 Catherine Cartwright, 71-72-76-75 294 (+6)
22 ++Oh-Yeon Kwon
23 Nicole Jeray, 78-74-70-73 295 (+7)
*Jennifer Hubbard, 71-77-74-73 295 (+7)
24 Loraine Lambert, 74-72-74-75 295 (+7)
*Laurie Brower, 71-74-73-77 295 (+7)
25 Michele Vinieratos, 76-76-72-72 296 (+8)
26 Joan Delk, 74-76-73-73 296 (+8)
27 Marine Monnet, 73-75-74-74 296 (+8)
28 Kimberley Augusta, 79-70-72-75 296 (+8)
29 Angie Rizzo, 75-74-72-75 296 (+8)
*Kris Lindstrom, 77-73-70-76 296 (+8)
30 Stephanie Keever, 76-74-69-77 296 (+8)
31 Kim Shipman, 75-73-77-72 297 (+9)
32 Amy Langhals, 77-74-73-73 297 (+9)
33 Marlene Hedblom, 77-72-75-73 297 (+9)
34 Jill Gomric, 77-74-70-76 297 (+9)
35 Michelle Louviere, 75-70-76-76 297 (+9)
36 Pamela Wright, 72-73-76-76 297 (+9)
37 Nicole Dalkas, 66-77-77-77 297 (+9)
 
* Player already has a status higher than conditional
# Won exempt status in three-hole playoff
++ 2001 Medical Extension
 
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