Nov. 30, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s golf senior standout Katelyn Dambaugh and former Gamecock golfer Justine Dreher open play at Stage III of LPGA Q-School this week at LPGA International.
The 90-hole event, which will be contested in Daytona Beach, Fla., takes place Wed., Nov. 30 through Sun., Dec. 4. The field of 157 players will compete for 20 full LPGA Tour cards and 25 partial cards. Golfers will alternate over the first four rounds between the Jones and Hills courses, and there will be a cut to the top 70 after the fourth round. The final round will take place at the Hills course, with play set to begin at 8 a.m. ET.
Dambaugh, one of 10 amateurs in action this week, advanced to Stage III after finishing in the top 80 of Stage II at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Plantation, Fla. The Goose Creek, S.C., native opened the 72-hole event with a 2-under 70 before eventually placing a in a tie for 24th at 4-over (292) for the tournament. Dreher, a three-time All-American at South Carolina, tied for 30th with a 72-hole mark of 293 (+5).
Former South Carolina standout Kristy McPherson will also be competing this week, as she looks to regain status on the LPGA Tour. McPherson captured medalist honors at the 2002 SEC Championship and holds the program record with six individual titles throughout her collegiate career.
The Gamecocks and Dambaugh capped off a successful fall season earlier this month with the 2016 Landfall Tradition Title. Dambaugh finished under par in nine of her 12 rounds this fall and earned runner-up honors at the 2016 Cougar Classic following her program-record 206 (-10).
Carolina, which boasted two top-five showings in the fall, recently released its 2017 Spring Schedule. The team opens the spring at the FSU Match-Up, set for Feb. 10-12 at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club in Tallahassee, Fla.