Posts Tagged ‘golf’

First African American woman to pass LPGA golf qualifying school

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

(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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2nd African American joins Tiger Woods on the PGA tour

Monday, December 6th, 2010

(Statesman) Joseph Bramlett, a 23-year-old former Stanford standout, earned a PGA Tour card, joining Tiger Woods as the only players on tour of black descent. Bramlett shot a 4-under 68 Monday in Winter Garden, Fla., rallying from 33rd at the start of the day to make the cutoff for a tour card by two strokes. He finished 11 under at the six-round final stage of qualifying school to tie for 16th.

The top 25 scores and ties earned PGA Tour cards for 2011. Billy Mayfair won the tournament at 18 under 411.

Among the notables who did not qualify: Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, and Briny Baird, who lost his card on the final hole of the year at Disney to finish No. 127 on the money list. Austin’s Omar Uresti was well off the pace at 432.

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