Thompson will not play Q-School, agent says
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Lexi Thompson will not attend next week's second stage of LPGA Q-School, her agent confirmed, adding that no deal has been reached regarding her LPGA membership.
Thompson, 16, won the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday to become the youngest winner in tour history. The victory did not guarantee her membership on the tour, though. LPGA rules state that a player must be 18 to become a member; players younger than 18 can petition for membership. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement Sunday that he would not make a decision on Thompson's membership until receiving a petition from her camp.
Bobby Kreusler, Thompson's agent, said he spoke with Whan on Sunday but would not file a petition until after this week’s Solheim Cup.
“This is a time for Lexi to enjoy and relish her victory and enjoy New York,” Kreusler said from New York, where Thompson was on a media tour. “It's the week of the Solheim Cup, and the focus should be on that. Mike and I will have conversations when he returns (from Ireland). I need to file a petition; I have not. Lexi certainly will not be at second stage, but not based on anything I’ve been told. Mike and I have always had very honest, very straightforward and productive dialogue. I believe ultimately Mike and I will be able to reach a mutually acceptable conclusion.”
A message seeking comment was not immediately returned by the LPGA.
Thompson successfully petitioned the LPGA earlier this year to try for 2012 membership through Q-School. She won the first stage by 10 shots, and was scheduled to begin the second stage on Tuesday in Venice, Fla.
Official word on Thompson's LPGA membership will wait until after this week's Solheim Cup, though. Golfweek broke news of her successful Q-School petition during U.S. Women's Open week, and as with any news regarding the teen phenom, it dominated the headlines. It appears the LPGA will delay announcing details of Thompson's membership until next week and keep the tour's focus on this week's Solheim Cup matches against Europe.