University of South Carolina golf could qualify for LPGA
It’s the season for golfers to take part in the qualifying tournaments that lead to the best pro tours, and no one is better placed than former University of South Carolina All-American Pauline Roussin-Bouchard.
A native of France, Roussin-Bouchard beat the field to win Stage II of the LPGA qualifying school by five strokes in Venice, Florida. She shot a final round of 7 under par 65 and finished week 19 under par.
Roussin-Bouchard leads 47 players of the Stage II event in the two-week LPGA Q Series, slated for early December in Alabama.
She came to USC with the idea of ââturning pro after two seasons, and her plan is on schedule. After making an All-American in his two college seasons, his first professional performances are impressive.
In her first event on the Symetra Tour, a stepping stone to the LPGA, in August, she tied for fourth. She went on to play on the Ladies European Tour and took one victory and two more top-10s.
The performances have earned her full status on the LET Tour, and she will look to consolidate her position on the LPGA Tour. At least the first 45 of the 144-hole Q Series will receive LPGA membership, and the others who complete 108 holes will receive Symetra status.
Former USC player Anita Uwadia, who competed in Symetra events last season, secured a place in the Q Series with a 29th place in Phase II. Uwadia competed for the 2016-20 Gamecocks and golfed in high school at Hilton Head Prep.
The hopes of the Korn Ferry Tour
As Roussin-Bouchard and Uwadia wait until December to replay, the final stage of qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour kicks off Thursday in Savannah, Georgia.
The field for the 72-hole event includes former Spring Valley High star and Clemson Jonathan Byrd, who finished second in his second leg tournament. Five-time PGA Tour winner Byrd has limited former champion status on the Grand Tour and is looking to strengthen his playing opportunities on the Korn Ferry.
Also in the Savannah tournament will be Caleb Proveaux of Lexington, who completed his spring eligibility at USC. A pair of former Clemson stars. Carson Young and Turk Pettit, also qualified. Pettit won the NCAA Men’s Individual Championship this spring and added a professional victory on the Forme Tour. Young is a two-time amateur champion of South Carolina.
Trace Crowe of Bluffton, who played college golf at Auburn, also has South Carolina ties on the field; Christian Salzer of Sumter, a junior state champion who played at North Carolina state; former University of Oklahoma player Garett Reband, who lives in York; and veteran pro Kyle Westmoreland, who lives in Mount Pleasant.
The first 45 will receive Korn Ferry Tour status.
Bullets. The brother-in-law duo of Donald Taylor (Columbia) and Meredith Taylor (Lexington) won the WSCGA-SCGA Mixed Team Championship at the Dataw Island Club. The team of Pam Prescott (Piedmont) and Michael Rogers (Easley) won the senior division title. . . . Clemson’s men finished tied for ninth in a field of 15 at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga. Sophomore Kian Rose led the Tigers in the individual competition. . . . Caleb Surratt (Indian Trail, NC) used a final round of 5 under par 66 to win the prestigious Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational at CC Spartanburg. . . . West Columbia’s Jensen Castle, who plays in Kentucky, and USC freshman star Hannah Darling are in the running for invitations to the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Castle earned her spot by winning the US Women’s Amateur, and Darling, currently No. 15 in the Women’s Amateur Golf World Rankings, will advance thanks to her high ranking.