Oct 24th, 2016
Mel Reid through to final stage of LPGA Q School
GP Fave Vilaubi through as well
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
Mel Reid is through to the final stage of LPGA Q school, after finishing 8th in Stage 2 qualifying. Held at Plantation Country Club, Reid finished -2 nine shots back from medalist Marianne Skarpnord of Norway.
“I was probably expected to get in the top 80 and I made some silly mistakes so I probably had my C game, but I came here to get the job done and I have a bit of time at home now,” said Reid. “I have a few tournaments and I’ll make sure my preparation is good for final stage.”
With that finish Reid has full playing rights on the Symetra Tour, the feeder tour to the LPGA. Previously she has said she would play on that rather than the LET if she qualified.
“Today I could have shot really low, but I kind of lost my concentration coming into the back nine,” said Reid. “I should have kicked on, but I knew I made it and I kind of switched off a bit quicker than I wanted to.”
Bronte Law came second at -6. The English youngster from Stockport is currently playing collegiate golf at UCLA but will turn pro if she gets her card. Law went 5-0 at the Curtis Cup, she has got serious game.
“The year has been really special. The LPGA has been the goal since I was really young watching the girls on TV. The fact that I am going to third stage makes it more real and this will drive me over the coming weeks to be the best I can be.”
Studying might get in the way though.
“I have to study now, golf will be put to the side for a little bit,” said Law. “It won’t be long because I have to play back with the team at the East Lake Cup next weekend so I’ll be very busy. I’ve really got to knuckle down.”
Elsewhere GolfPunk favourite Savannah Vilaubi got through. Finishing in 52nd spot, she was happy just to get through. This result gives her full playing status on the Symetra Tour, the equivalent of the Challenge Tour to the European Tour or web.com to the PGA Tour.