First African American woman to pass LPGA golf qualifying school

(Black Athlete) Former Jackson State and SWAC golfer Shasta Averyhardt has become the first African-American woman to pass the test of LPGA qualifying school.

The 24-year-old made history just a week after Joseph Bramlett became the first African-American man in 25 years to qualify for the PGA Tour through Q-school.

Now Averyhardt is set to become the first African-American LPGA member since LaRee Sugg in 2001. Averyhardt turned professional in 2009 and has been playing on the Duramed FUTURES Tour since January 2010.

The Tour is known as “the Road to the LPGA” and since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA’s developmental tour. The Flint, Michigan native picked up her first professional victory last July when she won the SunCoast Ladies Series at Stoneybrook West Golf Club.

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