Over the next 12 days leading up to the new year, symetratour.com will count down the top-12 most memorable stories of the tour’s 2012 season. Coming in at No. 4 is Qualifying Tournament Achievers.
Qualifying Tournament Achievers
The No. 4 storyline from 2012 goes to the group of Symetra Tour players who earned LPGA membership for the first time in 2012 via their finishes at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. The well-established group below represent six different countries and include a Big Break contestant, a U.S. Curtis Cup Team member, a 2012 Symetra Tour winner and a CN Canadian Women’s Tour Player of the Year.
Brooke Pancake @BrookePancake (Chattanooga, Tenn.) – Helped the University of Alabama win its first NCAA National Championship in program history in 2012 and was individual runner-up. Pancake was named First-Team All-American and was awarded the 2012 Honda Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer. Competed on the 2012 U.S. Curtis Cup Team. She made four starts on the Symetra Tour in 2012 and recorded a career-best tie for sixth at the Eagle Classic in Richmond, Va. Pancake tied for 11th at Q School to earn exempt status next season.
Lauren Doughtie @Laurendoughtie (Suffolk, Va.) - Recorded one win in collegiate competition while at North Carolina State University and was named to the 2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Team. Doughtie was a four-year member of the Symetra Tour and earned her first professional win in 2012 at the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Marion, Iowa which she won in a playoff. Doughtie earned a spot in the top-20 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in a seven-player, three-hole playoff to earn Category 12 on next year’s priority list.
Taylore Karle @hotTAYmaleesglf (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Karle was a three-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American First Team selection (2005-2007). She played collegiate golf at Pepperdine University and was named 2008 West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Karle was named to the 2008 NGCA All-American Second Team and was a four-time All-West Coast Conference First Team selection. As a professional, she won 12 Cactus Tour events in 2012. She made one start on the Symetra Tour in 2012 and finished T48 at the Riviera Nayarit Classic in Mexico. Karle earned a spot in the top-20 at the Final Qualifying Tournament in a seven-player, three-hole playoff to earn Category 12 on next year’s priority list.
Kelly Jacques @KJacquesgolf (Longmont, Colo.) – Recorded 10 top-10 finishes while at University of Oklahoma and was named a 2007 All-Big 12 Conference selection. She qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Open in 2012 at Blackwolf Run. A four-year member of the Symetra Tour, she made nine starts in 2012 and recorded a career-best T11 at the Eagle Classic. Jacques was a contestant on Golf Channel’s Big Break: Ireland. She finished T21 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
Katie Burnett @KatieBurnett44 (Brunswick, Ga.) – Was named a 2012 Second-Team All-American and an Honorable Mention selection in 2010 while at the University of South Carolina. Burnett holds the all-time scoring record for the Gamecocks and was a two-time All-SEC Second Team selection. Turned pro in 2012 and played in seven events on the Symetra Tour this season and recorded a career-best T11 at the Daytona Beach Invitational. Burnett finished T24 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
Marina Alex @Marina_Deee (Wayne, N.J.) – Was twice named SEC Player of the Year while playing at Vanderbilt University and was selected as a NGCA First-Team All-American (2010 & 2012). As a sophomore, she was the individual winner at the 2010 SEC Championship and was runner-up in 2012 as a senior. Alex competed in seven events on the Symetra Tour in 2012, recording two top-10 finishes and a season-best T3 at the Challenge at Musket Ridge. She finished T27 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
Sue Kim @TheSueKim (Langley, British Columbia) – Kim was a two-time runner up at the Canadian Women's Amateur Championship (2007, 2009) and was a quarter-finalist at the 2007 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. She was a four-year member of the Canadian National Team. She won twice on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour in 2008 and was named the Tour’s Player of the Year. She played the last two seasons on the Symetra Tour and recorded four top-10 finishes in 2012. She ranked third in birdies (139) and fourth in rounds under par (21). Kim finished T32 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
Paz Echeverria @Merygolf (Santiago, Chile) – Was named the Chilean National Player of the Year five times (2006-2010) and won 15 tournaments in her native country of Chile. Echeverria was a two-time winner of the South American Match Play Championship (2009, 2010). She tied for 11th at the 2011 HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Made 16 starts in her second season on the Symetra Tour in 2012 and recorded a career-best T7 at the Daytona Beach Invitational. She finished T32 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
Alejandra Llaneza @Ale_Llaneza (Mexico City, Mexico) – Llaneza was a five-time Mexican Junior National champion and was a member of the 2008 Mexican National Team at the World Amateur Golf Team Championships. She played college golf at the University of Arizona and was named a 2008 Pacific 10 Conference Honorable Mention. She posted two top-20 finishes on the Symetra Tour in 2012 including a season-best T10 at the Tate & Lyle Players Championship. Llaneza finished T39 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
Inhong Lim (Seoul, South Korea) – Lim recorded six wins in amateur competition in Australia before playing at Ohio State University. She recorded six top-10 finishes, including one win as a Buckeye. Lim was a 2009 All-Big Ten First Team selection and was named to the Second Team in 2010. She’s competed on the Symetra Tour for three seasons, as an amateur in 2010. She finished T39 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
Stephanie Na (Adelaide, Australia) – Was the top-ranked amateur in Australia in 2007 & 2008 and a member of the Australian National Team. Turned pro in 2009 and made 16 starts on the Ladies European Tour in 2012 with a season-best T4 at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. Na made two starts on the Symetra Tour in 2012 and posted a season-best T42 at the NE Delta Dental International. She finished T39 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for 2013.
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