Pressure tested

2012 LPGA rookie Lacey Agnew knows what this week could come down to and how much pressure could be put on her, come Sunday's final round. The Jonesboro, Ga. native played in her first Q School last year and had a solid showing, finishing 20th which would get her full status on the LPGA Tour in 2012. The only problem was that eight other players were tied for that last spot for exempt status.

Lizette Salas would eventually win that final spot, birdieing all three holes of the playoff, but Agnew still had an LPGA Tour card in her hand at the end of the week. Having experienced such a tension-filled ending to an already stressful week, she knew it would help her prepare for this week to help retain her card for next season.

"I think knowing what happened last year and my game plan last year, I switched that up a little bit," said Agnew. "I just decided to stay a little more conservative in certain areas and fire at some pins when I can and see what happens."

Agnew had some rookie struggles in 2012 and split her time between the LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour. She made seven LPGA starts, made one cut and recorded a season-best T64 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Asked what she learned in her first year on Tour, the former Florida State standout said she immediately began concentrating on her short game.

"One of the things I learned very quickly out there is that it's a putting game," said Agnew. "So that's what I worked on in the offseason. It was great experience. I was able to get in seven events. I learned to take your time and be patient and to play your game. Don't play the course, don't play the other players but play your strengths and at the end of the day if it boils down to you shooting a good score, that's what will happen."

Topics: Lacey Agnew, LPGA Qualifying Tournament