The top 30 are heading to the beach. For everyone else, it’s on to the desert.
Isabelle Beisiegel led all 161 players at LPGA Sectional Qualifying at Plantation Golf Club Aug. 30, shooting 72-76-68-69 for a 3-under-par 285 total, one shot ahead of Korea’s Young Kim. European Solheim Cup team member Iben Tinning, a two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour this year, and Walailak Satarak, the 2002 NCAA Freshman of the Year, tied for third at 287.
“Of course I’m happy,” Beisiegel said. “But I still have work to do.”
The top 30 advanced to the final stage of LPGA Qualifying, Oct. 8-11, at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Those not advancing get another shot, Sept. 10-13, at Landmark Golf Club in Indio, Calif.
Beisiegel, a 23-year-old Canadian who lives in Norman, Okla., was the only player to record two sub-70 rounds. Seven others had at least one round in the 60s. Beisiegel credited a second-round weather delay – the Aug. 28 delay pushed the conclusion of the second round into the next morning – with helping her relax the final two rounds. When Beisiegel returned Thursday to finish the final three holes of Round 2, she played them in 1 under.
“I learned a lot from that,” Beisiegel said. “I needed to be vigilant all the time. I know I made some strategic mistakes.”
Satarak, an 18-year-old from Thailand, entered the final round with a three-shot lead over Kim and Tinning, but quickly found herself 4 over after the first three holes. She played the final 14 holes even par to shoot 76. Satarak played one year at UC-Irvine and decided to turn professional after playing the amateur circuit this summer.
“This is a good start so far,” said Satarak, who had made plans to attend the California qualifier. “It’s my first time and I didn’t expect this, but it was great experience.”
Among others qualifying for the final stage were European Solheim Cup team members Suzann Pettersen and Karine Icher. Pettersen shot a final-round 73 and tied for fifth. Icher, a winner on the Ladies European Tour this year, shot 76 and tied for 19th.
Three NCAA first-team All-Americans from last season advanced: Stacy Prammanasudh (Tulsa) tied for seventh, Candy Hannemann (Duke) tied for 10th and Jimin Kang (Arizona State) tied for 23rd.
Nicole Perrot, the 2001 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion and U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up, shot a final-round 79 to tie for 23rd. Kelly Lagedrost and Kimberly Freeman took the final two spots in a playoff over Mary Kay Marino and BoMi Suh.
Among those not qualifying were U.S. Curtis Cup team members Meredith Duncan and Courtney Swaim. Duncan, the 2001 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, struggled with a final-round 79 and Swaim, medalist at the 2002 U.S. Women’s Amateur, had four three-putts en route to a 77.