PETALING JAYA: Malaysia-based Alyaa Abdulghany has taken another step closer to receiving her US LPGA tour card for next season after making the all-important LPGA Q-Series which will take place in December. The 22-year-old passed the recently completed LPGA Qualifying School Stage Two on Sunday with flying colors by finishing a credible sixth out of 179 participants at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.
Alyaa was one of 47 successful contestants who punched their tickets for the Q-Series, which will take place December 2-12 on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.
Alyaa played solid golf to compete for the top 45 and draw all week.
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard from France won the medal after topping the list of the best with a sizzling 19-under 269.
“Our main goal this week was to give us the best chance to get ahead and I’m very happy I did it,” said Alyaa when contacted.
“Our performance this week was the result of our hard work. This is a great boost for the Q-Series, but we still have more to do and improve. “
Alyaa will have no illusions about how difficult it is in the third and final phase of the Q series.
In addition to the 47 players emerging from the second phase, the Q-Series supports established professionals, including those who ranked 101-150 in this season’s LPGA Tour scoring, and some of the top 75 players in the world who do not hold LPGA tour status yet.
In addition to the demanding field, the Q-Series is played over a grueling 144-hole format.
The first 72-hole competition will be played at Magnolia Grove (December 2-5) before the cut for the final battle at Highland Oaks Golf Club (December 9-12).
LPGA Tour tickets are awarded to the top 45 and ties in the Q series.
Those who complete the Q Series will earn Symetra Tour second tier status.
National No. 1 Kelly Tan is also expected to sign up for the Q-Series to save her LPGA Tour card.
It is currently in 139th place in the tour’s points evaluation.