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Sweetgrass golfers headed to LPGA Tour next season

October 2, 2012
By Dennis Grall , For the Daily Press

ESCANABA - Several golfers who have competed in the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass have earned the right to play on the LPGA Tour next season.

Victoria Elizabeth, Daniella Iacobelli, Jenny Gleason, Julia Boland, Mi Hyang Lee, Thidapa Suwannapurra, Sara Maude-Juneau and Nicole Smith are among the 10 players who will advance to the major women's circuit in 2013 after completing the Symetra Tour season Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Also advancing are Esther Choe, the tour's leading money winner ($55,690) and runner-up Paola Moreno ($50,908).

Elizabeth, who tied for second at this season's tournament at Sweetgrass Golf Club, finished third with $46,565. She won one tournament this season.

Iacobelli won the season-ending Daytona Beach Invitational Sunday, finishing at 205 to claim $18,750 for her first victory. That was enough to vault her into fifth place overall with $41,049.

Choe and Stephanie Connelly shared second Sunday at 207, with Maude-Juneau, Smith and Katie Kempter sharing fourth at 208. Kempter also played at Sweetgrass this season.

Elizabeth, Gleason and Paz Echeverria, who also played at Sweetgrass, tied for seventh at 209. Laura Kueny and Sara Brown, who also played at Sweetgrass, shared 11th at 210. Leah Wigger, who won the 2012 Sweetgrass title, tied for 42nd Sunday with 215. Echeverria had the final day's low round of 66.

Ten players also advanced into Stage III of LPGA Tour qualifying Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in Daytona Beach, including nine Sweetgrass veterans, Brown, Wigger, Jaclyn Sweeney, Jean Chua, Olivia Jordan-Higgins, Megan McCrystal, Kristie Smith, Lauren Doughtie and Hannah Jun.

The Symetra Tour returns to Sweetgrass June 28-30, 2013.



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