Nov. 24, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – Four former University of Oklahoma women’s golfers, Isabelle Beisiegel, Audra Burks, Kendall Dye and Lisa Meldrum, have advanced to the final stage of LPGA Qualifying school. The final qualifying tournament will consist of 90 holes played at the LPGA International’s Legends and Champions Courses in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Dec. 2-6.
The former Sooners, along with other aspiring LPGA members, gained entry into the final stage after finishing among the top 30 golfers at one of two previous sectional qualifying tournaments. The first qualifier of the year was held Sept. 17-20 at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the second followed on Sept. 29- Oct. 2 at the Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla.
Beisiegel earned her spot in the final qualifier by placing in the top 30 at the Plantation Golf & Country Club sectional. She fired matching 72s for the first two rounds, followed by a 71 and 74 on the Bobcat Course to tie for eighth with a 1-over-par 289. This will be her second time to attempt to qualify for the LPGA Tour, as she played on tour from 2004-2007 before temporarily retiring.
Dye, who joined the Duramed FUTURES Tour this year, had a shaky first round in Venice, Fla., with a 5-over-par 77, but recovered nicely with rounds of 73, 71 and 75 to tie for 27th. She hopes to join the LPGA tour in her first attempt after concluding her collegiate career in 2009 with a career stroke average of 76.34 -- second in program history behind Meldrum (75.14).
Meldrum will compete to join the LPGA after a successful run on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, which she joined in 2006. OU’s all-time career stroke average leader picked up her first professional title on the FUTURES tour this August at the iMPACT Classic played at the Richmond, Va.
Meldrum and Burks, who has been a member of both the Duramed FUTURES Tour and the LPGA, were exempt into the final stage of qualifying.
The first 72 holes will be played on both the Legends and Champions courses at the LPGA International, while the final round will play out on the Champions course. A cut will be administered after 72 holes, where the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties. The top 20 players will earn priority status for the 2010 season on the LPGA Tour.