Chuasiriporn will not play LPGA in '00

Qualifying school woes send her to Futures Tour

September 11, 1999|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

Jenny Chuasiriporn of Timonium shot a final-round 79 yesterday and failed to advance past the first stage of LPGA qualifying school in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after finishing 63rd.

It means the former Duke All-American will not go to the final stage of qualifying school next month in Daytona Beach, Fla. More importantly, it means Chuasiriporn, 22, will not play on the LPGA Tour next year. Instead, she will play its developmental Futures Tour.

After missing the cut at last month's first-stage competition in Venice, Fla., Chuasiriporn started well at the Mission Hills Country Club earlier this week. She was tied for 10th after an opening-round 70 on Tuesday and tied for 12th after a 74 on Wednesday. But an 81 dropped her to a tie for 56th on Thursday.

The top 30 players from each of the two first-stage competitions will try to gain their LPGA Tour cards next month.

It marked the end of a disappointing summer for Chuasiriporn, who last year nearly won the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur before losing in a playoff to Se Ri Pak.

She also made it to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur before losing to Grace Park.

Chuasiriporn also won the world amateur individual title last fall.

After turning pro in June at the Women's Open, Chuasiriporn missed the cut at three LPGA tournaments for which she was given sponsor's exemptions as well as at two of the three Futures events she played.

She also missed the cut last month at the Women's British Open and in March at the Nabisco Dinah Shore, where she competed as an amateur.

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