August 27, 2007
Bastel Heads to State Farm Classic
Quote of the Week
Road to the LPGA Tour
Vikki Laing Wins 54-Hole Battle in Gettysburg
Tools of a Winner
Last Week’s Tournament Results
Upcoming Tournament Previews
Duramed FUTURES Tour Official Money List
Top Duramed FUTURES Alumnae Finishes on the LPGA
2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour Schedule
1. Mo Martin Finds Personal Success in the Season of 2007
Some could say it’s crunch time and that 18th-ranked Mo Martin has some catching up to do. And some might say that the Californian has spent her life in a make-or-break mode, finding her own opportunities and succeeding with her back against the wall.
At this time of year, with only one tournament remaining, Martin is not panicking. She’s planning, but not falling apart. And from a year ago, she has evolved into a self-motivated winner – a few years removed from the youngster who learned the game from a father who taught from Ben Hogan’s book, Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.
“Last year during my rookie season out here, it was kind of like jumping into the deep end, learning how to swim and finding out what was in the water,” said the second-year pro from Altadena, Calif. “I had a pretty humble beginning, so I’ve had to make a concerted effort mentally to believe that I deserve to win and to accept success.”
That sounds odd coming from a second-year touring professional. And it sounds a little unfathomable for a competitive person who has shown she can grind out a win. Martin did that earlier this season in El Paso, Texas, taking rookie Caroline Larsson to the last fairway of the last hole and knocking her approach to within sneezing distance. Martin staked it, drained it, and claimed her first pro title. That afternoon in El Paso was an affirmation of much hard work for many years.
And it drew a deep contrast from the precocious four-year-old who watched her older brother come home with a golf trophy, only to want one of her own. At the 2006 Gettysburg Championship, Martin suddenly looked around and realized that she needed a teacher – a mentor – and someone who could help her reach the next level.
In the early years, her father, Allen Martin, a criminal defense attorney who wasn’t a golfer, served that role. He was a stern taskmaster who espoused the mechanics of Hogan to his young daughter, while advising her that it was his job to rear her, but not to befriend her.
“I grinded from sun-up to sun-down under the very strict eye of my dad,” said Martin, 24. “And my mechanics were sound.”
But the elder Martin -- in spite of his intellectual brilliance and social willingness to take on challenging cases that didn’t always pay the bills -- actually threw the kerosene on his daughter’s fire for the game. Golf was expensive, but the youngster loved it. So her father would go pick out a pair of Payless shoes, drill holes in the soles and make his daughter golf spikes. She would play with hand-me-down clubs and hold her own – once beating a standout junior named Lorena Ochoa – at age 8 at the Junior World Japan Cup.
She did it without shame. She began winning with a calm, determined focus.
“You make your opportunities,” Martin said. “You always have a chance and you can create your dream.”
As her dad’s ability to support his family became more sporadic, the golfer learned to find money games on the course against friends. Sometimes it put food on the table. Sometimes, it put a little cash in her pocket. Once, as a teen, she won a used car.
“When you’re hungry and you have no money, you’re going to put the ball in the hole,” said Martin. “Nothing was given to me. I just found a way. I ate a lot of ramen noodles – you know, 10 packs for a dollar.”
She also found a way to earn her education. A now-mature young woman walked onto the women’s golf team at UCLA and eventually earned a full scholarship. She never owned a complete set of clubs until she went to college. And she arrived never having competed in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) because she couldn’t afford the amateur junior circuit. There were no college scouts or national rankings following along behind her.
But what Martin had was desire. And what Martin possessed was enough talent to start opening doors when the doors of communication with her own father shut before her 13th birthday.
“Her dad wasn’t nurturing, but I think he saw that she was going places,” said good friend and former UCLA college teammate Gina Umeck of Redlands, Calif. “He gave her a lot of detached advice. There’s just a certain strength that comes when you look to parental figures and they can’t help you and you have to figure it all out yourself.”
In 1999, Martin’s father had a heart attack. In 2003, he died suddenly the day after his daughter moved back home. It was a shock. And when the opportunity to study abroad opened, the golfer stashed away her sticks and went to Italy for three months of study. She red-shirted that year and her coach shipped over her clubs with a reminder to practice.
“She needed to get away,” said Umeck. “In a way, it was like a new start with new perspective.”
In the hills of Siena, Italy, Martin hiked through vineyards, climbed a fence with her clubs over her shoulder and played a par-three course at a local hotel. She had a lot of time to think and a lot of time to dream.
And when she returned to California to finish out her senior year at UCLA, she had renewed her spirits. Her friends and fellow competitors saw it, too.
“A lot of what she’s been through is apparent in her life, her mental approach and her work ethic,” said Salimah Mussani of Burlington, Ontario, who played against Martin while she was at Stanford University. “She’s steady, down the middle and not real flashy, but then she’s got that putter that works.”
“She’s very determined and definitely self-motivated,” added Vikki Laing of Musselburgh, Scotland, who played against Martin while she was at the University of California-Berkeley. “She’s a problem solver and she’ll find a way to fix anything.”
So last year in Gettysburg, when California teaching professional Jon Pariseau traveled to Pennsylvania to caddie for Martin, the two sat down one day and the teacher asked the player, “What do you need?”
“I need an instructor,” was the answer.
That was the beginning. Martin and Pariseau went to work late last year at Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif. The fundamentals of a solid golf swing were there. The determination was in place. The work ethic was entrenched. Now all Martin needed was a little more belief in herself and a few more believers around her.
“I’m a harsh critic of myself and I know this is a work in progress, but we all have gifts,” she said.
And when she earned her first win as a pro this summer with her 95-year-old grandfather standing beside the green watching so many years of determination unfold, suddenly a lot of things became very clear to the Californian. She could win a tournament, she could qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open and she could play the best golf of her life, moving to 18th on the Tour’s money list with one week left to play – all of which she has done – but none of it would mean a thing without the support of loved ones to share her milestones.
Mo Martin looked over to her grandfather on the 18th green in El Paso. She saw a smile on his face and the sparkle in his eyes. And at that moment, she knew the year was a success, regardless of anything else that followed.
2. Bastel Heads to State Farm Classic
When Emily Bastel won the Michelob ULTRA Duramed FUTURES Players Championship back in June in Decatur, Ill., she earned more than just a champion’s check and a trophy. The former LPGA Tour member won the opportunity to return to the LPGA for a tournament exemption.
And that exemption will come at this week’s State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill. It will be a chance for the player to return to the tour where she played for two years as an exempt player and to now re-test herself after a season of confidence-building results on the Duramed FUTURES Tour.
“I’m totally excited and it will be interesting to see how I perform with more experience and confidence,” said Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, who has won twice this season on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and is top-ranked on the Tour’s money list. “No matter how it shakes out, it will be a great experience.”
In Bastel’s rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2005, she posted a top-20 finish at the State Farm. Last year, she missed the 36-hole cut by one shot. This year, the event moves to a different course in Springfield, Ill. – which is just down the road from Decatur. The Tour’s event in Decatur is the only tournament that rewards its winner with a spot in an LPGA Tour field.
Bastel calls winning an LPGA Tour exemption “an added bonus” and one that every player hopes to receive.
“The prize check is important on the money list, but to have the opportunity from your good play to do this is really great,” said Bastel, who will drive from her home in Ohio to Illinois this week. “An LPGA exemption is one of the best things a player can get out here.”
Bastel will return to the LPGA Tour this week as a different player. Namely, she returns as a winner -- bringing a new confidence with her to the first tee. Because players like Nicole Castrale had won on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and Brandt Snedeker had won on the Nationwide Tour, Bastel believes it was easier for both to win this year on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour, respectively. She hopes that by having won on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, some of the confidence earned in her two wins will transfer over to her performance on the LPGA Tour this week, as well as in the future.
“I think both Nicole and Brandt would probably say they were prepared for this year because they had won before on other tours,” said Bastel. “And when I look back, I think I’ll realize how important it was for me to be here this year.”
The Ohio player still keeps in touch with friends on the LPGA Tour. And those friends have tracked her various successes this season on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. Bastel looks forward to the reunion and the chance to test herself against the best women professionals in the world.
“I will enjoy my week in Springfield,” said Bastel. “But really, the task at hand right now is focusing on the Duramed FUTURES Tour to assure that I can play in more State Farm Classics in the years to come.”
3. Tour Tidbits
The Golf Channel was back in town last week, holding auditions for its next Big Break IX show. Nearly 30 members of the Duramed FUTURES Tour auditioned for the show in the first of two on-site screenings. (Golf Channel staff will return for one more round of auditions on Sept. 7th at the tournament in Albany, N.Y.) Rookie CAROLINE LARSSON of Danderyd, Sweden was one Tour member who gave it a shot. Larsson said Golf Channel interviewers asked her about college, her home country and had her speak in Swedish. “Obviously, you can win a bunch of good stuff and some LPGA exemptions,” she said. “Plus, I need a new car.”
ASHLEY LEONARD of Rocky Mount, N.C., and AUDRA BURKS of Altamonte Springs, Fla., both were winners in last week’s “YES! Golf One Grand Challenge Double Shot” competition -- two individual days of an elimination putting contest open to players who use YES! Golf C-Groove putters. Playing in her first full year, Leonard outlasted competitors KRISTIN SAMP (a two-time “One Grand” winner) of Moberly, Mo., SARAH MARTIN of Grosse Ile, Mich., MEGHAN LITTLE of Sturgis, S.D., and JESSICA CARAFIELLO of Coral Springs, Fla. Leonard rolled in a 25 footer for birdie on the first playoff hole to become the first left-hander to win in 10 “One Grand Challenges” and the fifth contest this year. “This feels good because I have really struggled with my putting,” said “Southside” Leonard, who played collegiately at East Carolina University. “I enjoy things like this and it’s nice that a sponsor will do something like this for us.” Burks, an LPGA Tour veteran, had to get past five tough competitors in KAILIN DOWNS of Bend, Ore., MARINA CHOI of Los Angeles, CRISTINA BAENA of Pereira, Colombia, BETH BAUER of Tampa, Fla., and SALIMAH MUSSANI of Burlington, Ontario. All but Burks, Choi and Baena were eliminated after the first hole and on the third playoff hole, Burks one-putted from 15 feet to win the contest. “This is the first one of these I’ve ever done and it will help pay my mortgage,” said Burks. Both Burks and Leonard collected $1,000 for their wins.
By earning her first professional win, VIKKI LAING of Musselburgh, Scotland became an “Etonic First-Time There Winner.” The award presents players with either a pair of Etonic golf shoes or a box of six Etonic golf gloves … Shelly Jewelers of York, Pa., has awarded two proximity prizes for years to players are closest to a designated hole (No. 12) and who have the longest drive on a designated hole (No. 9). LIZ JANANGELO of West Hartford, Conn., won a pair of diamond earrings for closet to the hole, while BECKY LUCIDI of Poway, Calif., won a diamond bracelet for the long drive. The contests ran throughout the three rounds of the tournament.
At the tournament last week in Gettysburg, Pa., players couldn’t help but get a lesson or two in American history. And with fully costumed Civil War enthusiasts based in an encampment beside the 10th fairway all weekend, players from around the world left Pennsylvania last week with an improved knowledge of the War Between the States. BETH BAUER of Tampa was in the first tee time on Friday and witnessed several Confederate soldiers marching up to the first tee just before the golfers’ 8 a.m. start. “They said, ‘Ready, Fire!’ And then they fired their guns and a cannon and one guy was playing the bagpipes,” said Bauer. “And then General Robert E. Lee came up, shook our hands, wished us good luck and they formed a line and marched back to their camp.” BING LIM of Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, wasn’t familiar with the rituals of Civil War-era “soldiers” and was startled when they raised their rifles as she and her group walked past. “I didn’t know what they were doing and when they brought their rifles up, I said, ‘Don’t shoot!” said Lim. “I never figured out which side was which.”
Another group of players took a unique history tour last week called “The Ghosts of Gettysburg.” That group of tenacious explorers included BRIANA VEGA of Andover, Md., JANA PETERKOVA of the Czech Republic, KATIE ALLISON of Mahwah, N.J., and LYNN VALENTINE of East Lyme, Conn. Some of the players took photos during the rainy early evening only to see perfectly circular translucent orbs all over the photos after they snapped their shots. “I got my $8 worth within 10 seconds,” said Vega. “I believe in ghosts and I think there are a lot of unsettled people around here. Those circles weren’t dust or rain. They represented some sort of energy field.”
Tour alum JULIE TVEDE of Denmark won last week’s Telia Tour event in Europe and has climbed into the Tour’s top three spots in the Order of Merit with four events remaining. The top two players advance onto the Ladies European Tour with full exemptions … CRISTINA BAENA of Pereira, Colombia became a “temporary resident” last week through the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization. Baena began her paperwork for the status in April. “People don’t realize how difficult it is to get those papers going, especially for countries like mine,” she said. “It means I can actually work outside of golf and that I don’t have to leave the country in the middle of the year. It’s such a relief.”
4. Quote of the Week
“One player’s husband told me the story of the Civil War while we were walking down the first fairway, but it was kind of hard to understand because I was also trying to do my yardage for that hole.”
- Duramed FUTURES Tour member Cecilie Eckbo of Ski, Norway, who learned some American history last week at the tournament in Gettysburg, Pa.
5. Road to the LPGA Tour
Top-ranked Emily Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio was the only player in the top five who remained unchanged after last week’s Gettysburg Championship. Finishing tied for eighth, Bastel kept her No. 1 position with earnings of $56,428 in 18 events.
But right on her heels is last week’s runner-up, Violeta Retamoza of Aguascalientes, Mexico who finally cracked the top five and moved from No. 6 to second place with earnings of $49,051 in 16 tournaments. Retamoza made a strong move at a key time.
“I just wanted to finish strong and I knew I had to play well,” she said at The Gettysburg Championship. “It wasn’t the ending I wanted, but second place is good. I don’t have anything to lose and we’ll see what happens on the money list.”
Seo-Jae Lee of Seoul, Korea posted a strong finish for fifth last week in Gettysburg and inched up from fourth to No.3 with earnings of $47,759, while Mollie Fankhauser of Columbus, Ohio slid from No. 2 to No. 4, with prize winnings of $46,777 in 13 events.
Previously third-ranked Allison Fouch of Grand Rapids, Mich., who tied for 58th last week, slipped from third to fifth, while fifth-ranked Liz Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., fell to sixth place. Only $192 separates Fouch and Janangelo. And only $11,952 separates No. 1 from No. 5.
“I just need to get a little sharper with my short irons,” said Janangelo last week. “Everything is good, but it just needs to get great. I’m excited to have a week off to come back rested and ready to play.” (The Duramed FUTURES Tour is idle this week.)
Brandi Jackson of Greenville, S.C., who tied for third in Gettysburg, said she hasn’t taken her eye off the top five all season. Jackson climbed from 10th to seventh place last week – moving closer to her goal.
“I can’t afford to get too far away from that No. 5 spot,” said Jackson. “It’s kind of all or nothing right now.”
But making the biggest move into the top 10 was last week’s winner, Vikki Laing of Musselburgh, Scotland, who charged from 17th to No. 8. Lang pocketed $14,000 last week to fuel her move up the money list and improve her chance of reaching the top five with one event remaining.
“You just need to stay patient out here,” said Laing. “Everybody’s chasing five spots and it’s really competitive.”
Other players making timely moves within the top 50 were: Song Yi Choi of Seoul, Korea, from No. 35 to 23rd; Nicole Melton of San Antonio, from 41st to 33rd; Nontaya Srisawang of Chiang Mai, Thailand, from No. 45 to 41st; and Jin Hyun Kim of Seoul, Korea, from No. 52 to No. 50.
A minimum of six tournaments is required to be eligible for the five 2008 LPGA exempt cards or LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament opportunity. Players finishing in the top five on the season-ending money list will earn automatic exempt LPGA status for 2008, while the next 10 players who do not already have non-exempt LPGA status will move directly into the LPGA Final Q-School, skipping the sectional qualifying tournaments.
6. Vikki Laing Wins 54-Hole Battle in Gettysburg
There was a certain irony about the outcome of this year’s $100,000 Gettysburg Championship. The next-to-last tournament was staged in a town so steeped in American history that the very characters from the pages of the past showed up in Civil War-era costume and spent three nights in an encampment beside the 10th fairway.
And if champion Vikki Laing searches her memory, she’ll recall hearing a bagpiper squeeze out the melody of “Scotland Forever” this morning immediately after the completion of the storm-suspended second round and the start of the final round. And she won’t likely forget a deep, thundering cannon blast that resounded across The Links at Gettysburg course, making her jump in her shoes outside the scoring tent before today’s final round began.
Perhaps it was coincidental, but it also was fitting at the end of 54 holes when the native of Mussellburgh, Scotland lifted the trophy – a hand-blown, one-of-a-kind glass cannon – and celebrated her first professional win with rounds of 70-68-69 for a 207 (-9) total.
“This has been a dream of mine to win and this whole week has been kind of neat,” said Laing, 26, also a non-exempt member of the LPGA Tour. “I jumped out of my skin a few times when they shot a cannon, but it’s been a great experience that I’ll never forget.”
Like 68 other players on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, Laing was forced to return to the course this morning to complete her second round. By day’s end, she had played 30 holes of golf and after two rounds, she had grabbed a one-shot lead of 138 (-6) over top-ranked Emily Bastel, at 139.
But Laing wasn’t done. After the second round, she uttered something about “not second-guessing” her putting lines on the greens. And when asked if she was ready to win, the Scot added with a sly smile, “That’s the plan.”
And if those folks dressed in Confederate grays and Union blues had a plan to teach a golf tour of international players a few things about America’s early struggles, then Laing’s plan this week intended to minimize her own struggle in the thick, wet rough of a golf course that had received more than three inches of rain this week. In today’s final round, she carded five birdies and one bogey. She saved par on the third hole with a downhill 20-footer, and again from six feet on the sixth hole.
And she did it with hard-charging Violeta Retamoza breathing down her collar. But the rookie from Aguascalientes, Mexico ran into trouble on the back nine with an errant driver and carded a final-round score of 70, finishing second at 210 (-6). The Mexican limped in with three birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey on her second nine.
“I started out really good, but I just couldn’t hit any fairways on the back,” said Retamoza, who hit only eight fairways in regulation today. “I knew if I could just hit my drives in the fairway, I’d have a chance -- but I didn’t.”
And for most of the afternoon, Laing was in total command. She got up and down for par when she needed a save. And she was strong enough to muscle shots out of the thatch when she missed a fairway on the 6,425-yard course.
“She can hit shots that a lot of women can’t hit,” said Bastel (77) of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, who dropped into a tie for eighth at even-par 216. “The course got a lot tougher today and it was all about who adapted the best. Vikki did. She went for it when she had the green light and she played really great all week.”
Rookie Song Yi Choi (67) of Seoul, Korea and Brandi Jackson (69) of Greenville, S.C., made a late final-round charge, but both came up short to tie for third at 212 (-4).
Playing 27 holes today, Choi carded six birdies and one three-putt bogey. Jackson’s final round was highlighted by seven birdies and two double-bogeys – one of which was a four-putt green.
“I know I can win out here if I can just not shoot a 76 on the first day,” said Jackson, who carded rounds of 76-67-69, and who is still seeking her first professional title. “Vikki is very steady. She’s got a great golf swing and a great attitude.”
“Her temperament is perfect for the game because it’s always the same,” added player Mo Martin of Altadena, Calif., who tied for 34th and won earlier this season in El Paso, Texas. “When I saw her between the two rounds today, I told her, ‘Don’t step on the 18th tee unless you have the lead.’ She wasn’t going to come in second again and today, I think Vikki was completely in command.”
That’s the way it appeared. And that is the way her 2007 season has panned out for the former 2002 Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup Team member. She has posted five top-10 finishes, including a tie for third in Kansas City, where the rough was dense, and a tie for second in Morgantown, W.Va., where heavy rains also suspended play, doused the course and tested the patience of every player in the field.
Laing’s $14,000 winner’s check moved her from 17th to No. 8 on the season money list with one tournament remaining. Players in the top five after the final event earn fully exempt LPGA status for 2008.
“Vikki’s attitude is tireless and her persistence is paying off,” said player Gina Umeck of Redlands, Calif., who played for UCLA against Laing when the Scot was on the women’s team at the University of California-Berkeley. “I don’t think it has entered her mind what point of the season she’s in.”
What has registered with Laing is that finally, as a professional, her play is matching up to her reputation as one of the top young amateur players from the British Isles.
“I’ve got to be pretty pleased to have three rounds under par,” said Laing. “Consistency is what I’ve been lacking.”
But not this week and not today. And not because of storm delays or atypical sightings of Confederate soldiers guarding bridges to par-three greens or even a bearded General Robert E. Lee jostling along in full regalia to get out of the rain beside tan 20-somethings in golf clothes.
On the 18th green at day’s end, Vikki Laing raised her own cannon. Shot for shot, she was in command. She led her own charge all week. And in this modern-day Battle of Gettysburg, even Lee and his soldiers stood at attention greenside to witness a happier ending on hallowed ground.
7. Tools of a Winner
Tournament winner: Vikki Laing of Musselburgh, Scotland
Driver: Callaway FT-5, 9.5-degree loft, Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue, 65-gram, regular-flex graphite shaft
Fairway woods: Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead III 4-wood and 7-wood, both with Callaway System III, regular-flex graphite shaft
Irons: Titleist 735-CM Forged irons, 4-iron through pitching wedge, True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts, regular flex
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design, 52-degree BV 252-08, 56-degree BV SM56-10 Spin Milled, 60-degree BV SM60-08 Spin Milled, all with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts, regular flex
Putter: YES! Golf C-Groove Tracy II model, 30-inch length
Ball: Titleist Pro V-1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Bag: Titleist carry stand bag
Shoes: FootJoy DryJoy
Glove: Titleist Players
Hat/visor contract: Titleist
8. Last Week’s Tournament Results
Final round scores and money Sunday in the Duramed FUTURES Tour's $100,000
The Gettysburg Championship at the 6425-yard, par 36-36 - 72
The Links at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, Pa. (a-denotes amateur):
1 Vikki Laing 70-68-69 - 207 $14,000
2 Violeta Retamoza 67-73-70 - 210 $10,000
T3 Song Yi Choi 72-73-67 - 212 $6,103
Brandi Jackson 76-67-69 - 212 $6,103
5 Seo-Jae Lee 68-72-74 - 214 $4,082
T6 Esther Choe 72-74-69 - 215 $2,907
Nicole Melton 73-69-73 - 215 $2,907
T8 Taylor Leon 67-75-74 - 216 $2,107
Emily Bastel 72-67-77 - 216 $2,107
T10 Charlotte Campbell 70-75-72 - 217 $1,657
Lauren Espinosa 72-69-76 - 217 $1,657
T12 Lori Atsedes 74-73-71 - 218 $1,357
Nontaya Srisawang 71-72-75 - 218 $1,357
Cortney Reno 71-70-77 - 218 $1,357
T15 Audra Burks 74-72-73 - 219 $1,080
Sofie Andersson 74-72-73 - 219 $1,080
Katie Allison 74-71-74 - 219 $1,080
T18 Eunjung Yi 75-73-72 - 220 $887
Sarah-Jane Kenyon 76-71-73 - 220 $887
Becky Lucidi 72-74-74 - 220 $887
Kelly Lagedrost 73-73-74 - 220 $887
Jenny Gleason 74-72-74 - 220 $887
T23 Lisa Meldrum 75-73-73 - 221 $793
Samantha Richdale 74-73-74 - 221 $793
Mollie Fankhauser 76-70-75 - 221 $793
Kim Augusta 71-75-75 - 221 $793
Leah Wigger 73-73-75 - 221 $793
Mindy Kim 73-73-75 - 221 $793
Rachel Bailey 72-72-77 - 221 $793
T30 Jin Hyun Kim 75-73-74 - 222 $740
Sarah Martin 76-73-73 - 222 $740
Janell Howland 75-77-70 - 222 $740
Amanda McCurdy 75-77-70 - 222 $740
T34 Mo Martin 71-76-76 - 223 $718
Kristen Samp 72-74-77 - 223 $718
T36 Alissa Kuczka 72-76-76 - 224 $677
Jessica Shepley 73-75-76 - 224 $677
Annie Young 75-72-77 - 224 $677
Liz Janangelo 72-75-77 - 224 $677
Yoora Kim 73-76-75 - 224 $677
Lisa Ferrero 76-73-75 - 224 $677
Angela Buzminski 73-77-74 - 224 $677
Beth Bauer 78-73-73 - 224 $677
O. Sattayabanphot 78-68-78 - 224 $677
Taya Battistella 73-78-73 - 224 $677
Lindsey Edmunds 75-76-73 - 224 $677
Danah Ford 78-74-72 - 224 $677
T48 Jamie Stevenson 77-71-77 - 225 $623
Marcela Leon 70-77-78 - 225 $623
D. Williams-Hoak 77-72-76 - 225 $623
Bing Lim 76-73-76 - 225 $623
Meghan Little 74-75-76 - 225 $623
Ashley Leonard 77-70-78 - 225 $623
Stephanie Otteson 75-75-75 - 225 $623
Anastasia Kostina 78-74-73 - 225 $623
Cristina Baena 77-75-73 - 225 $623
Sin Ah Ham 72-71-82 - 225 $623
T58 Kelly Cavanaugh 75-74-77 - 226 $596
Dana Lacey 77-73-76 - 226 $596
Allison Fouch 76-76-74 - 226 $596
Debbie Eckroth 74-78-74 - 226 $596
T62 Jenna Pearson 71-78-78 - 227 $581
Caroline Larsson 78-73-76 - 227 $581
Christine Boucher 75-77-75 - 227 $581
Ha Na Chae 76-76-75 - 227 $581
66 Ashley Prange 73-79-76 - 228 $573
T67 Mary Moan 72-76-81 - 229 $565
Hwanhee Lee 77-73-79 - 229 $565
Sam White 76-74-79 - 229 $565
Collette Jamarowicz 78-73-78 - 229 $565
T71 Adriane Duke 76-75-79 - 230 $558
Elizabeth Stuart 75-77-78 - 230 $558
73 Jaclyn Burch 73-78-80 - 231 $555
74 Andrea Werner 76-76-81 - 233 $553
75 Rebecka Heinmert 76-74-87 - 237 $550
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Perry Swenson, Kailin Downs, Morgan Olds, Katrina Leckovic, Courtney Clark, Kimberly Goedecke, Briana Vega, Yei-Lim Choi, Kim Welch, Sohi Moon, Celeste Troche, Kyu-Ri Ban, Jessica Carafiello, Natasha Morgan (a), Joanna Whitley, May Wood, Lorraine Ballerano, Katie Fraley, Brandi Underwood, D'Rae Ward, Stephanie Godare, Gina Umeck, Kellee Booth, Stephanie Ruiz, Tiffany Tavee, Sasha Medina, Hanna Kang, Melanie Willhite, Eom Ji Park, Jackie Beers, Ulrika Ljungman-Smith, Kelly Froelich, Noon Huachai, Amy Schmucker, Lynn Valentine, Yu-Jin Bang, Amanda Mathis, Carrie Chambers, Ji Min Jeong, Cindy Lee-Pridgen, Shayna Miyajima, Bridget Dwyer, Ashley Grier, Heather Zielinski, Stephanie George, Rachel Bates Bellefeuille, Rak Kyung Oh, Brenda McLarnon, Cuyler Hedley, Angie Green, Marina Choi, Becky Pernicone, Polly Willett, Audry Longo, Cecilie Eckbo, Molly Birmingham, Erin Faulkner, Jeehae Lee, Jenny Hansen, Santie Koch, Emily Riddle (a), Lauren Mueller; WD - Jana Peterkova, Yeon Joo Lee; WDI - Tiffany Faucette, Salimah Mussani; DQ - Angie Hill; WD - Tina Miller; WDI - Laura Korus
9. Upcoming Tournament Previews
Capital Hills at Albany
The race is tight and the fight for the five 2008 LPGA Tour cards for the top five finishers on the season money list is the closest it has been in years. No position is certain and none are locked in stone until after Sunday’s final round of the Albany tournament. This is considered as “graduation day” for players who move on to the LPGA Tour. The Tour returns to Capital Hills at Albany for the fourth consecutive year and for the final event of the 19-tournament 2007 season.
Purse: $100,000 Par: 72
Winner: $14,000 Format: 54 holes
Runner-up: $10,000 Field: 144 players
Pro-Ams: Sept. 5 & 6 Golf Shop: (518) 438-2208
Duramed FUTURES Tour Qualifying Tournament
Cleveland Heights Golf Course
Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club
Schalamar Creek Golf Club
The Duramed FUTURES Tour will hold its annual Qualifying Tournament in November. The 72-hole tournament is held on three different courses in Lakeland, Fla., and is limited to a maximum of 312 players on a first-come, first-served basis. Competitors will play one round on each of the three courses, with the fourth round played at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Players may qualify for the Tour as amateurs or professionals.
10. Duramed FUTURES Tour Official Money List
(Thru $100,000 The Gettysburg Championship)
Rank Player Events Wins Earnings
1 Emily Bastel 18 2 $56,428
2 Violeta Retamoza 16 1 $49,051
3 Seo-Jae Lee 16 2 $47,759
4 Mollie Fankhauser 13 1 $46,777
5 Allison Fouch 17 2 $44,476
6 Liz Janangelo 18 2 $44,284
7 Brandi Jackson 17 $35,738
8 Vikki Laing 18 1 $34,151
9 Ha Na Chae 18 $32,688
10 Janell Howland 18 1 $30,632
11 Ji Min Jeong 15 1 $29,666
12 Taylor Leon 7 2 $27,742
13 Caroline Larsson 18 $27,336
14 Eunjung Yi 18 $25,386
15 Sofie Andersson 17 1 $24,289
16 Audra Burks 12 $22,410
17 Lori Atsedes 18 1 $21,601
18 Mo Martin 17 1 $20,837
19 Cortney Reno 18 $20,531
20 Rachel Bailey 18 $19,061
21 Jenny Gleason 16 $18,028
22 O. Sattayabanphot 12 $17,951
23 Song Yi Choi 14 $17,489
24 Kelly Cavanaugh 17 $16,328
25 Salimah Mussani 16 $15,201
26 Annie Young 17 $14,792
27 Kim Welch 18 $14,779
28 Sarah Martin 18 $13,648
29 Sarah-Jane Kenyon 18 $13,596
30 Tiffany Tavee 15 $12,899
**To view the remainder of the money list, please visit the Duramed FUTURES Tour web site at www.duramedfuturestour.com
11. Player Awards
Rookie of the Year
(Thru $100,000 The Gettysburg Championship)
Rank Player Events Earnings
1 Violeta Retamoza 16 $49,051
2 Seo-Jae Lee 16 $47,759
3 Taylor Leon 7 $27,742
4 Caroline Larsson 18 $27,336
5 Sofie Andersson 17 $24,289
6 O. Sattayabanphot 12 $17,951
7 Song Yi Choi 14 $17,489
8 Nicole Melton 15 $12,593
12. Top Duramed FUTURES Alumnae Finishes on the LPGA
Rank Player Score Money
1 Lorena Ochoa 204 (-12) $255,000
T2 In-Bee Park 209 (-7) $105,307
T2 Christina Kim 209 (-7) $105,307
T7 Beth Bader 211 (-5) $44,637
T9 Katie Futcher 212 (-4) $34,390
T12 Sarah Lee 213 (-3) $26,108
T12 Laura Diaz 213 (-3) $26,108
T12 Angela Stanford 213 (-3) $26,108
Check out other Duramed FUTURES Tour alumnae scores from last week's Safeway
Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore., on LPGA.com.
13. 2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour Schedule
March 9 – 11 Lakeland Duramed FUTURES Classic Purse: $80,000
Cleveland Heights Golf Course, Lakeland, Fla. (863) 682-3277
2007 Champion: Lori Atsedes, Ithaca, N.Y.
March 16 – 18 Greater Tampa Duramed FUTURES Classic Purse: $75,000
Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, Riverview, Fla. (813) 671-3311
2007 Champion: Elizabeth Jananglo, West Harford, Conn.
April 13 – 15 The Power of a Dream Golf Classic Purse: $80,000
The Trails of Frisco Golf Club, Frisco, Texas (972) 668-4653
2007 Champion: Allison Fouch, Grand Rapids, Mich.
April 20 – 22 Louisiana Pelican Classic Purse: $75,000
The Wetlands, Lafayette, La. (337) 291-7151
2007 Champion: Janell Howland, Boise, Idaho
April 27 – 29 Jalapeno Duramed FUTURES Golf Classic Purse $75,000
Palm View Golf Course, McAllen, Texas (956) 688-3444
2007 Champion: Emily Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio
May 4 – 6 El Paso Golf Classic Purse: $80,000
Underwood Golf Complex, El Paso, Texas (915) 562-7255
2007 Champion: Mo Martin of Altadena, Calif.
May 18 – 20 Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship Purse: $80,000
Leawood South Country Club, Leawood, Kan. (913) 491-1313
2007 Champion: Liz Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn.
June 1 – 3 Aurora Health Care Championship Purse: $90,000
Geneva National Golf Club, Lake Geneva, Wis. (262) 245-7000
2007 Champion: Sofie Andersson of Angelholm, Sweden
June 8 – 10 United States Steel Golf Classic Purse: $75,000
Lost Marsh Golf Course, Hammond, Ind. (219) 932-4653
2007 Champion: Allison Fouch, Grand Rapids, Mich.
June 14 – 17 Michelob ULTRA Duramed FUTURES Players Championship
Hickory Point Golf Course, Decatur, Ill. (217) 421-7444
2007 Champion: Emily Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio
June 22 – 24 The Duramed Championship Purse: $100,000
The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio (513) 735-4653
2007 Champion: Seo-Jae Lee of Seoul, Korea
June 29 – July 1 Team WLF.org Golf Classic Purse: $80,000
Kankakee Elks Country Club, Saint Anne, Ill. (815) 937-9547
2007 Champion: Seo-Jae Lee of Seoul, Korea
July 13 – 15 CIGNA Golf Classic Purse: $80,000
Gillette Ridge Golf Club, Bloomfield, Conn. (860) 726-1430
2007 Champion: Taylor Leon of Dallas, Texas
July 20 – 22 Alliance Bank Golf Classic Purse: $80,000
The Links at Erie Village, Syracuse, N.Y. (315) 656-4653
2007 Champion: Violeta Retamoza of Aguascalientes, Mexico
August 3 – 5 USI Championship Purse: $75,000
Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Concord, N.H. (603) 228-8954
2007 Champion: Ji Min Jeong of Kyungki, Korea
August 10 – 12 Betty Puskar Golf Classic Purse: $80,000
The Pines Country Club, Morgantown, W. Va. (304) 296-3462
2007 Champion: Taylor Leon of Dallas, Texas
August 17 – 19 Hunters Oak Golf Classic Purse: $75,000
Hunters Oak Golf Club, Queenstown, Md. (410) 827-0800
2007 Champion: Mollie Fankhauser of Columbus, Ohio
August 24 – 26 The Gettysburg Championship Purse: $100,000
The Links at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, Pa. (717) 359-8000
2007 Champion: Vikki Laing of Musselburgh, Scotland
September 7 – 9 ILOVENY Championship Purse: $100,000
Capital Hills at Albany, Albany, N.Y. (518) 438-2208
Contact: Lisa D. Mickey, director of communications, Duramed FUTURES Tour at (863) 709-9100 ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.