On the way to the Symetra Tour Championship, the 20th event in this year’s program, six players had already packed LPGA cards for the 2022 season. Four more followed after the 72-hole event at LPGA International.
From 1999-2002, the LPGA’s official qualifying tour awarded three tickets. From 2003 to 2007 that number rose to five before being distributed to ten as of 2008.
Here are the top 10 players on the 2021 money list:
1. Lilia Vu, 23, Fountain Valley, Calif., $ 162,292 – A three-time winner in 2021, the former UCLA standout took another five top five finishes on the Symetra Tour this season to win Player of the Year award. Won eight titles as a Bruin. It wasn’t long before Vu considered quitting golf, but Mama kept her going.
2. Fatima Fernandez Cano, 25, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, $ 119,180 – Did not win the Symetra Tour but got seven top 5 finishes. Came into the closing event that led the tour in birdies. Won eight titles from Troy University.
3. Casey Danielson, 26, Osceola, Wisconsin, $ 114,534 – Danielson, a two-time winner this season, finished the season in second place in the Tour Championship. Member of the 2015 NCAA Award-winning Stanford team. Certified yoga teacher.
4. Sophia Schubert, 25, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, $ 101,163 – Won the first Symetra title in the penultimate event to secure her card and crown a stretch of six top 10 finishes. The Texas graduate won the US Women’s Amateur in 2017.
5. Ruixin Liu, 22, Guangdong, People’s Republic of China, $ 95,281 – Two-time winner this season who has only played 13 of the Tour’s 20 tournaments. Achieve six career victories on the development tour. Won the Symetra Tour Player of the Year Award 2018. Made three starts on LPGA this season and finished T-16 on Pure Silk.
6. Maude-Aimee Leblanc, 32, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, $ 94,188 – Three runners-up in 2021. Came into the final event to top the tour with 70.13 points. Top 5 in both putting categories. Helped Purdue win the 2010 NCAA title.
7. Amanda Doherty, 24, Atlanta, $ 90,921 – The Florida State graduate ended the season with a share of third place in the Tour Championship for her eighth top-10 finish. Leads the Symetra tour in putts per green in regulation. Awarded Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year.
8. Allison Emrey, 28, Charlotte, $ 82,644 – Won once to keep up with five other top 10s. The Wake Forest graduate receives her card after six seasons on the Symetra tour. Best previous result on the money list was 14th place last year.
9. Morgane Metraux, 24, Lausanne, Switzerland, $ 75,771 – Took her first Symetra win at the Island Resort Championship in June to secure a spot at the Amundi Evian. Skip the Tokyo Olympics to fulfill your dream of playing Evian. Sister Kim, who also played in Florida State, is participating in the Ladies European Tour.
10. Rachel Rohanna, 30, Marianna, Pennsylvania, $ 75,608 – The busy mother of daughter Gemelia returns to the LPGA with three top three finishes thanks to a hot track in July. At Eagles first on tour. The family runs a cattle ranch in Pennsylvania.