Michigan State’s Plata among eight ams advances to LPGA Tour Q Series Finals

Michigan State’s Valery Plata

Eight fans are among 50 players who moved up to the LPGA Q Series after Stage II concluded today at the Bobcat and Panther courses at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.

Now for the big question: will they go?

A diversion in Q-School rules from previous years allows amateurs to compete in the first and second stages, however, players who qualify from the final stage must turn professional to participate in the Q-series in December.

Fans who qualified for the Q Series Finals this weekend include college girls Jenny Bae (Georgia), Nataliya Guseva (Miami), Minji Kang (Truett McConnell), Cynthia Lu (Oregon), Ashley Lau (Michigan) , Heather Lin (Oregon), Valery Plata (Michigan State) and Natthakritta Vongtaveelap, who finished second at the recent Women’s Asia Pacific Amateur.

Vongtaveelap (-1; t-7th) and Plata (+1; t-11th) were the weak amateurs in the field while Georgia senior Bae birdied on two of his last three holes to complete a shot at the ‘inside the cut line at 5. -over.

Other notable names advancing to the Q Series include former Stanford standouts Aline Krauter (T-4) and Mariah Stackhouse (T-11), two-time U.S. Amateur Champion Kristen Gillman (T-25), recent graduate of Florida State Beatrice Wallin (T-25) and Isabella Fierro (T-33), who started her college career at Oklahoma State before transferring to Ole Miss last spring, but decided to become pro before heading out for the Rebels.

Natasha Andre Oon, who earned All-America honors last year as a senior at San Jose State, doubled her last hole not to advance a stroke.

The first half of the Q Series begins Nov. 28 at Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Ala. Mobile’s top 70 finishers and ties will qualify for Highland Oaks Golf Course in Dothan, Ala. for the last 72 qualifying holes.

If fans decline to participate in the Q Series and decide to return to school, they will still receive their Epson Tour status. They have two days to decide.

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The second stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifiers consists of 4 rounds of stroke play, with a minimum of 30 players qualifying for the final stage. Every year, many top amateurs attempt to earn their Tour cards, with successful qualifiers having to decide whether to remain an amateur or turn pro. From 2022, an amateur who qualified for the finals MUST turn pro in order to compete.

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