The LPGA Qualifying Tournament is wrapping up, and the contenders are Christine Song and Jennie Lee as round 3 concludes. The Qualifying Tournament finishes up December 4 at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. The field criteria are all eligible LPGA members, 15 exempt players from 2011 LPGA Futures Tour, and all players who successfully completed Qualifying Stage 2. The top finishers get their LPGA cards, and the others that make the cut receive LPGA Futures Tour status.
A notable competitor at this tournament is Birdie Kim. Birdie Kim was the U.S. Women’s Open champion in 2005 at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver, Colorado. She hit a greenside bunker shot on the 18th hole that holed out, winning her first LPGA tournament.
Birdie disappeared from golf after a serious car accident in 2009. The accident smashed the bones in her face, forcing her out of golf until the 2011 season. In 2011, Birdie played 11 tournaments, missing nine cuts with a season best tie for 56th. Her 142nd finish on the 2011 money list forced her back to Q-school for the first time since 2004.
Her current standing is 62nd after 4 rounds. Playing well tomorrow qualifies her to play on the LPGA tour in 2012. She’s still playing with some pain in her shoulders and arms but she’s determined to return to the Tour. After all she’s been through, let’s hope she can still compete at the highest level.