Ohio State the only university to have two alumni in Top 10
COLUMBUS, Ohio Former Buckeyes Lisa Strom and Mollie Fankhauser finished in the Top 10 of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, Sunday, Dec. 7 in Daytona Beach, Fla. With their placements, both Strom and Fankhauser earned Priority List Category 11 playing status for the 2009 season of the LPGA.
Ohio State is the only university to have two program alumni finish in the Top 10 and three in the Top 21, with Allison Hanna-Williams tying for 21st.
Strom, who played with the Buckeyes from 1998-2000, tied for seventh at 12-under 348. The native of North Wales, Pa., carded three scores in the 60s, including a 66 in the second round. Strom finished with scores of 73-66-72-68-69 for the event. While playing at Ohio State, Strom was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten and All-Midwest District selection.
Fankhauser was just two strokes back from former teammate Strom to place ninth. The Columbus native shot 67-71-66-73-73 for a total of 350. Fankhauser was exempt last season on the LPGA Tour and made over $105,000 in 22 starts with one Top 10 finish. While at Ohio State from 2000-02, Fankhauser won back-to-back Big Ten championships and was a two-time Second Team All-American.
After 90 holes, Hanna-Williams entered a four-person playoff for the final two slots in the Category 11 playing status. She finished the playoff 1-under to miss the position by a stroke. As a result, Hanna-Williams earned Priority List Category 16 playing status. During the event, she had scores of 75-71-68-70-72 for a total of 4-under 356. As a Buckeye from 2001-04, Hanna-Williams was a two-time All-American and named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2004.
At the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, the Top 20 players at the conclusion of the event earned Priority List Category 11. Players finishing in the 21st through 30th spots earned Priority List Category 16, followed by 31st to 40th, who received Priority List Category 20. The Priority List playing status determines the number of tournaments each player will be eligible to compete in.
The five-day qualifier was played on both the Legends and Champions courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 137-player field was cut to the low-70 and ties after the fourth round Saturday, and all players had a chance to tackle both the Champions and Legends courses for two rounds each. The Champions course was used for the final round Sunday.