Last weekend former Georgia golfer Harang Lee received conditional status for the 2018 LPGA Tour after tying for 45th place in the final stage of Q School at the LPGA International Courses in Daytona, Florida.
The Spanish native was a two-time All-American for the Georgia Bulldogs before graduating last year. She covered the 90-hole event at 2-over 362.
“It’s something that I’ve always wanted,” Lee told The Red & Black. “It wasn’t exactly the week I wanted to have because I made some mistakes and didn’t get full status.”
Of the 166 players who participated in the event, the top 20 golfers earned full status while those finishing 21st-45th place got conditional status for next year’s Tour.
LPGA status is actually reshuffled twice within the season, which gives conditional players who perform well the chance to upgrade to full status.
When she is not competing in LPGA tournaments next year, Lee will play on the Symetra Futures Tour.
“I’m really happy for Harang to achieve conditional status and be a member of the LPGA,” Georgia women’s golf head coach Josh Brewer said. “She came here to Georgia because she wanted to play the Tour, and now she gets that opportunity. Whether she’s playing in tournaments on the LPGA or Symetra Tour next year, Harang will be competing against the best players in the world. I’m very confident she will have great success.”
Lee opened the tournament with a 1-over 73 that put her in a tie for 45th place.
“I knew going into the final round I needed a low round to get full status,” Lee said. “I was hitting it close and had some great chances, but it seemed like I wasn’t able to make any of them.”
Lee managed a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the fifth round to secure her conditional status for next year’s Tour.
“I didn’t know it made the difference at the time,” Lee said. “I didn’t know for sure until later.”
While at Georgia, Lee earned All-America and first-team All-SEC recognition for the second consecutive year last spring to complete her collegiate career. She competed in 43 events for the Bulldogs from 2013-2017, earning 13 top-10 and 21 top-20 individual finishes.
Lee is the 18th Georgia golfer to earn playing status on the LPGA Tour.
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