Katie Burnett of Brunswick, Ga., shot a final-round 71 to win the second stage of LPGA Q-School by six shots.
The Symetra Tour professional carded four birdies, one bogey and one double bogey Friday on the Plantation Golf and Country Club Bobcat Course in Venice, Fla., to finish well ahead of four-time Ladies European Tour winner Melissa Reid, a member of Europe’s victorious 2011 Solheim Cup team. Burnett finished at 15-under 273 (68-68-66-71), while Reid shot 69-70-69-71 to finish 9 under par.
“I was pretty nervous to begin with,” Burnett said. “Not so much because I had a lead or anything but just nerves of everyone there and I was playing with one of the best European players.”
Burnett, a South Carolina graduate, began Friday’s final round with a bogey at the par-3 third but quickly rebounded with birdies at the par-3 sixth and par-4 eighth to make the turn at 1 under par for the day. She followed with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 11th and par-3 12th. Her winning margin would’ve been even larger if not for a double bogey on the final hole.
Reid made headlines this year when she won on the LET shortly after her mother, Joy, was killed in a car accident while attending the UniCredit Ladies’ Open. (Story)
The top 70 players and ties advanced to next month’s final stage. The final stage of Q-school will be contested over 90 holes Nov. 28-Dec. 2, on both the Champions and Legends courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2013 LPGA membership (total number of cards TBD) and all others who make the cut will receive Symetra Tour status.
Kelly Jacques finished third at 8-under 280, followed by Giulia Molinaro, Felicity Johnson and Lee-Anne Pace. Other notables to advance include Ladies European Tour winner Ashleigh Simon and three members of the 2012 United States Curtis Cup team (Austin Ernst, Lisa McCloskey and Brooke Pancake). Moriya Jutanugarn, Golfweek’s second-ranked junior, also among the 76 players to advance.
Jaye Marie Green, who lost to Lydia Ko in the final of this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, failed to advance by a single shot. Marta Silva, the 2011 Golfweek College Player of the Year, also failed to advance to the final stage.