The LPGA handed out last-minute gifts earlier this week to players who came up short at Q-School. Nine additional players received Category 20 status: Ayaka Kaneko, Meredith Duncan, Tanya Dergal, Becky Brewerton, Jennifer Johnson, Junko Nakada, Jaclyn Sweeney, Lisa Ferrero and Sarah Brown.
“After we reviewed the results from the qualifying school, it was apparent that we could create a few more opportunities for players in Category 20 than we had originally accounted for,” said Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA’s director of media relations.
While players with Category 20 status aren’t likely to get into many events off the Priority List, they are eligible to Monday qualify or play off sponsor exemptions. Once these players gain entry into an event, the money they earn will allow them to improve their status on the Priority List after the re-shuffle.
Daly-Donofrio said the tour simply is looking for more ways to give players an opportunity to play for official money. The 2011 LPGA schedule has yet to be released, but it is expected to have fewer domestic events with the loss of CVS in Danville, Calif., and the one-year hiatus of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.