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LPGA Tour still out of reach for Brooksville's Lagedrost

Trouble with putting eliminates her from Q School contention.

By BRANT JAMES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 13, 2002


Brooksville resident Kelly Lagedrost missed the third-day cut at the LPGA Qualifying School, failing to receive either her 2003 tour card or partial exempt status.

Lagedrost, 23, shot a 77-74-71-222, missing the cut for the final round by a stroke.

"She's taking it pretty rough," said Randy Lagedrost, her father and caddy. "She's taking it as any other obstacle, but she had high hopes."

Randy said putting was an initial problem.

"She couldn't quite figure out the putting, and it let her down the first day," he said. "She threw away a few strokes chipping and putting, but her ball-striking was very impressive."

Kelly Lagedrost was traveling back from the Daytona tournament site and could not be reached for comment.

St. Petersburg's Marilyn Lovander posted the best score with a 15-under 64-69-70-70-273.

The "Q School" featured 136 women who qualified by advancing from sectional events. The top 23 scorers received full LPGA cards, which allows them to play in all tournament events in 2003. The next 35 finishers received non-exempt status for next season.

Lagedrost, the 2001 Conference-USA Player of the Year, earned a spot in Q School by finishing in the top 30 (tied for 29th with a 9-over 71-77-72-77-297) in an August sectional.

A first-year professional, Lagedrost placed 43rd on the Futures Tour money list this summer, earning $9,292. She won an individual state championship at Hernando High in 1996, helped with a team title in '97, and became a first-team All-American at South Florida in 1999.

-- Brant James can be reached at (800) 333-7505, ext. 1407. Send e-mail to brant@sptimes.com.

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