Dec. 4, 2011
DAYTONA, Fla. - Former Tigers Karlin Beck and Cydney Clanton earned their 2012 LPGA Tour cards Sunday, finishing in the top 10 at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Beck finished in a tie for fourth in the 139-player field at 3-under 357 while Clanton tied for ninth at 3-over 363.
Conducted by the LPGA, the Final Qualifying Tournament was the last of the three stages of qualifying for the 2012 LPGA Season. The 90-hole tournament took place on the Champions and Legends Courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"We are just so proud of Cydney and Karlin for earning their way onto the LPGA Tour," said Auburn women's golf coach Kim Evans. "They had clear vision and clear goals for what they wanted to accomplish and they went out and executed."
Beck, a native of Pike Road, Ala., saved her best for last, carding a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish the tournament at 3-under-par with rounds of 71-72-74-71-69--357. She carded a bogey-free round on Sunday with birdies on Nos. 2, 8 and 13 to finish with a 69 and just seven strokes behind the overall medalist, Junthima Gulyanamitta.
"I am so relieved that it is over right now, every day was so stressful," said Beck. "I am happy that it worked out. I felt like I played really well, stuck to the game plan and kept my nerves in check."
Beck, who graduated from Auburn in the summer of 2010, spent the summer playing in the LPGA's Futures Tour, making seven cuts in 13 appearances with a tie for 16th at the Tate & Lyle Players Championship in Decatur, Ill.
"This summer, playing almost every week, I was playing a lot of golf and learning so much about my game," said Beck. "Playing that many tournaments was great. I got a clear picture of what I needed to work on at second stage of qualifying and spent the last month working on some things with my game preparing for this week."
Clanton, a native of Concord, N.C., finished the tournament with a 1-under 71 in the final round to move up seven places into a tie for 16th with rounds of 72-76-70-74-71--363. She carded four birdies on the day, including one on No. 18 that dropped her under par for the round.
"Getting through today is actually more of a relief. It is such a long and stressful week, I am exhausted and it is a breath of fresh air, but I know that I am on the LPGA now," said Clanton. "Nothing can really prepare you for what it feels like to qualify for the LPGA, there is a completely different pressure when playing at Q-school. You have to put in a whole lot of hard work and it is just trusting all that work you put in."
Clanton, who graduated from Auburn last May, also competed on the LPGA's Futures Tour over the summer. She competed in eight tournaments and made six cuts, including ties for seventh at the Tate & Lyle Players Championship in Decatur, Ill., and the Eagle Classic in Richmond, Va.