Ariya Jutanugarn to play LET Q-School in December
Logistics for top amateurs Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn just got a little more complicated. Ariya, 16, has been granted a pass into Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in December even though she doesn’t meet the 18-year-old requirement. Moriya, 18, will play the first stage of LPGA Q-School on Sept. 4-7.
Ariya, who will turn 17 on Nov. 23, was denied a request to enter LPGA Qualifying School early. It’s why she made a case with LET officials last month. LET Q-School will be played at Al Maaden Golf and Amelkis Golf Club in Marrakech, Morocco in December. As the sisters chase cards on separate tours and continents, Ariya will travel with father Somboon while Moriya will travel with mother Narumon.
“I’m not qualified yet,” Ariya said, careful to keep things in perspective, “but I’m excited.”
Ariya, who recently missed the cut at the LPGA Canadian Women’s Open, remains uncertain when she will turn professional. It likely will happen later this year as she says she won’t play any more amateur events in 2013. She will play the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on Oct. 11-14, and says it’s “50-50” whether she’ll play that event as a professional. If she doesn’t, she plans to play the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic on Nov. 18-23.
Another thing to consider is winning the AJGA’s Rolex Player of the Year for a second consecutive year. After victories at the Thunderbird International Junior, Rolex Girls Junior and the Junior PGA Championship – plus the stroke-play title and a semifinal run at the U.S. Girls’ Junior – Ariya has a good chance to defend that title. That’s something only five other females have done.
“It’s very important because Rolex (Player of the Year) is very good,” Ariya said.
Ariya will caddie for Moriya during the first stage of LPGA Q-School. Moriya has entered as an amateur.