Two of the top young players in the world proved they were ready for the LPGA Tour as UCLA sophomore Alison Lee (Valencia, Calif.), who turned professional following her round, and Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 82 Minjee Lee (Perth, Australia) shared medalist honors at 10-under, 350, on Sunday at LPGA International. Alison Lee carded a final day even-par 72 while Lee posted a 1-over 71.
Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 91 Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) posted a final day 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for 3rd at 9-under with Spain’s Maria Hernandez (Pamplona, Spain), who closed with a 3-over 75.
A total of 19 players have earned LPGA Tour membership through Category 12 (full-time status) on the priority list while a total of 23 players including world No. 37 Charley Hull (Kettering, England) have earned membership through Category 17 (conditional status).
Seven players entered a three-hole aggregate stroke play playoff for the final three spots in Category 12. After one player dropped out after the three-holes, Laetitia Beck (Caesarea, Israel) and Garrett Phillips (St. Simon Island, Ga.) emerged after birdies on the first sudden death hole, the par-4 10th.
Stephanie Meadow (Jordanstown, Northern Ireland), Casey Grice (College Station, Texas), Karlin Beck (Pike Road, Ala.) and Julie Yang (Garland, Texas) continued on in the sudden death playoff for the final spot before play was suspended due to darkness. Yang was eliminated with a bogey on the sixth playoff hole, third after the aggregate, while Meadow, Grice and Beck made par and the three will resume the sudden death playoff Monday at 7:30 a.m. on hole 18 of the Hills Course.