A total of 157 players will be on hand in Daytona Beach, Florida, when the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament; i.e. Q-School, gets underway at LPGA international, the organization’s headquarters.
The top 20 finishers will receive Category 12 status on the LPGA Tour in 2016 (essentially full status). Those who finish in places 21-45 plus ties will receive Category 17 (partial) status.
The 90-hole event features a cut after 72 holes. Players who finish 72 holes will earn Symetra Tour membership in Category D
There are three ways that players could have earned entry into the field this week: by finishing in the top 80 at Stage II, by finishing 11-33 on the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card money list or by having 2015 LPGA Tour membership (61 players had 2015 LPGA status).
There are 26 different countries outside the United States represented this week including ten players from Thailand and ten from Canada. There are 83 international players and 74 from the United States.
The field also includes three past LPGA Tour winners in Heather Bowie Young (2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic), Silvia Cavalleri (2007 Corona Championship) and Lorie Kane (4, 2000 Michelob Light Classic, 2000 New Albany Golf Classic, 2000 Mizuno Classic and 2001 LPGA Takefuji Classic).
The youngest player in the field is Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras of Thailand, who doesn’t turn 18 until December 27. There are six players that just turned 18 this year (Ssu Chia Cheng, Megan Khang, Kana Nagai, Benyapa Niphatsophon, Budsabakorn Sukapan and Ziqi Ye). Lori Kane is the oldest player in the field at 50.
The top ranked player in the field according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings is No. 75 Nicole Broch Larsen (Copenhagen, Denmark). The other player inside the top 100 is No. 90 Holly Clyburn (Cleethorpes, United Kingdom). There are five other players inside the top 150 in the world; No. 103 Jeongeun Lee (Seoul, South Korea), No. 107 Ssu Chia Cheng (New Taipei City, Taiwan), No. 126 Amy Boulden (Conwy, United Kingdom), No. 128 Rebecca Artis (Coonabarabran, Australia) and No. 141 Jing Yan (Shanghai, China).
There are 18 players in the top 250 in the world.
The top ranked player representing the United States is No. 287 Dori Carter (Valdosta, Georgia). Carter finished No. 106 on the LPGA money list in 2015 and is at Final Stage to improve her category for 2016.
Follow the tournament here: http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/qualifying-tournament