Dec. 7, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - Former University of Oklahoma golfer Lisa Meldrum fired a 1-under-par 71 during Monday's final round of the 2009 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament en route to a fifth-place finish, giving her priority status on the 2010 LPGA Tour. The final round was played at the LPGA International Champions Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
As one of the top 20 finishers, Meldrum, from Montreal, Quebec, will alternate on tour next year with players 81-100 on the 2009 LPGA Official Money List.
"I was really excited to be playing this week," Meldrum said. "Even though there were a lot of delays, I hung in there and played really well. I'm looking forward to what's ahead of me."
Meldrum, who played at OU from the 2000-01 through the 2003-04 seasons, and fellow former Sooners Isabelle Beisiegel and Kendall Dye competed in the 90-hole tournament beginning last Wednesday. A cut was implemented after 72 holes, with Meldrum and Beisiegel advancing to Monday's final round.
Meldrum's solid play kept her comfortably within the top 10 throughout the tournament. She recorded rounds of 71, 70, 75, 68 and 71 on the tournament's par-72 layouts.
Beisiegel recorded the best score of third round (67), which helped her make the cut for Monday's final round. That effort, combined with her other scores of 74, 76, 73 and 78, helped her to a five-round 368 (+8) to tie for 58th place. Beisiegel was added to priority list category 20 for the 2010 LPGA Tour.
Dye, who was making her first attempt to join the LPGA, carded rounds of 75, 75, 71 and 79 in Florida. She ended the tournament with a four-round 300 (+12) and came up just three strokes shy of making the cut for Monday's final round.
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