PROUD Borderer Karis Davidson has secured a coveted card for the American Golf Tour.
It follows a dramatic final round of the eight-round Q series of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in Alabama.
The two-week cumulative tournament awarded the top 45 playing rights to the LPGA Tour in 2022.
And it included some of the best female golfers in the world – competing for a total purse of $ 150,000.
Davidson survived a busy final day with four bogeys in his first five holes.
But then she showed great courage and her total of eight rounds of four under par was just enough to finish in a tie at six for 41st.
She told the Peeblesshire News this week: “The last round was over Robert Trent Jones at Dothan.
“I found the course difficult, but made it through the last nine days of the last day.
“I’m really happy I did it and look forward to the first tournament which I think is in April and potentially is the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.”
Karis’ parents, Graeme and Faye Davidson, are both from Peebles and she spent her early years at Innerleithen, where her father introduced her to golf at the age of four.
The family moved to Australia when Karis was eight years old.
Her love of the sport continued and she always played well at the amateur level before deciding to join the pro ranks after feeling the need for a bigger challenge.
She recorded several top ten and in 2018 finished second at the Ladies Tour’s Victorian Open.
Karis chose to participate in the Japanese tour in Europe or the United States after having rubbed shoulders with young Koreans and Japanese as a member of the Australia and Korea Golf Academy on the Gold Coast from the age of 11.
She has played six events on the Japan LPGA Tour this season, her schedule tight due to COVID concerns, and made the cut in five of those six events – with a better 15th place finish on her last start there in July.
She has already earned $ 444,839 in career earnings on the JLPGA Tour with a career-best Q4 result at the 2018 Century21 Ladies Golf Tournament.