Former DU Pioneer greats battle for LPGA Tour cards

Former DU Pioneer greats battle for LPGA Tour cards

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., – The University of Denver women’s golf alumnae Stephanie Sherlock (left) Dawn Shockley will compete in the third, and final stage of the LPGA qualifier held Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 8 at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Shockley and Sherlock join a field of 153 players from 27 nations, competing for five rounds and a chance at a top-20 finish, which qualifies the player for competition in the 2014 LPGA Tour.
                                               
Shockley will tee off from the 10th hole at the Hills Course of the LPGA International at 6:00 a.m. MT. Sherlock will begin her round at 6:50 a.m. MT also from the Hills Course at the 10th.

“Dawn and Stephanie were great players for us and our program,” said head women’s golf coach Lindsay Kuhle. They have continued to work hard and improve their game. They represent what Denver Pioneer golf is all about, from their professionalism, to their golf games, and success as student-athletes. We couldn't be more proud of them and we will be rooting for them as they compete this week.”

Shockley made it to the final stage of Q-school by virtue of a top-80 finish in stage two. The former Pioneer placed 45th out of 194 players in the tournament. As a Pioneer, Shockley won two tournaments during her senior year in 2008-09. She won the 2009 East Regional Title, and the BYU Dixie Classic and also was All-Conference all four years as a student-athlete. She has split her time professionally, between the Ladies European Tour and the U.S. based Symetra Tour the last couple years.

A Canadian native, Sherlock was named Canada's top female amateur golfer in 2010. During that time, she played for Team Canada (2005-09) and finished third at the Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur Championship and second at the Ontario Women's Amateur Championship.  As a Pioneer, Sherlock was a three-time NCAA All-American and won two Sun Belt Conference Championships. She recorded seven collegiate championship wins overall, and was ranked Golfstat’s No. 1 women’s collegiate golfer nationally (2008).

Sherlock began her professional career following graduation from DU in 2010. She just completed her third straight year on the circuit, making five cuts in 2012 and 2013 combined. She had a solid rookie campaign in 2011, making five cuts and earning almost $38,000.

Twenty players will earn the equivalent of exempt status with Sunday’s conclusion of the 90-hole event at LPGA International. Players who finish 21st to 45th will earn the equivalent of conditional status. The top-70 golfers who make the cut are assured of at least Symetra Tour status.

Follow the action at LPGA.com. First tee-time set for 6:00 a.m. MT.

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