Congratulations to Maria Hjorth as she makes the Avnet LPGA Classic her 5th career victory. Maria won by 2 shots over Song-Hee Kim and 3 shots over Suzanne Petterson and Na-Yeon Choi. For Pettersen and Kim it was just another frustrating finish that has become the norm the last couple of years. Kim had 16 top-ten finishes last year but has yet to get to the winner's circle. Pettersen was a bridesmaid 6 times last year and has not won since 2009. Sixteen-year-old Lexi Thompson gave us all a thrill until 2 consecutive double bogeys on the back nine dropped her out of contention.
Sybase here we come.
Two more off weeks before the tour resumes in my hometown for the Sybase Match Play Championship. Here are the 14 players that qualified for the event this weekend.
For finishing among the 10 players at Avnet after 2 rounds, who were not already qualified:
1- Sandra Gal
2- Jenny Suh
3- Sarah Kemp
4- Mindy Kim
5- Alena Sharp
6- Paige Mackenzie
7- Grace Park
8- Mi Hyun Kim
9- Chella Choi
For finishing as the top 4 players on the 2011 money list, who were not already qualified:
1- Katie Futcher
2- Hee Kyung Seo
3- Amanda Blumenherst
4- Julieta Granada
Belen Mozo was added as a sponsor's exemption. As of this writing, the second exemption has not been named.
Congratulations to all of the above. I am looking forward to seeing you at Sybase.
The Titleholders Championship
Qualifying for the Titleholders Championship this week are:
Maria Hjorth, Song-Hee Kim and Suzann Petterson.
Hard to believe stat of the week:
Hee-Won Han, Na On Min, Giulia Sergas, Louise Friberg and Jennifer Rosales have missed 4 consecutive cuts.