25 Women Punch Their 2020 LPGA Ticket at Q-Series Including Michigan’s Liz Nagel

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Muni He (Chengdu, China) went under-par every round of the 2019 LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina en route to medalist honors in Pinehurst, N.C. He shot a final-round 70 to finish the eight-round tournament at -21.

“I think more than winning it, just being able to shoot consistently under par in really not that easy conditions just proved to myself that I can do this and I can be consistent,” said He, who recorded five birdies and three birdies on the day. “I think consistency was something I was really striving for throughout the year. So towards later on in the year I had some really good rounds, but it was hard to keep it consistent. Now that I’ve proved to myself that, ‘Hey, I can do this,’ I think it’s really good to build upon for next year.”

He said her experience at Q-Series was a major learning experience for the 20-year-old. “I think I’ve learned that my game is enough for me to build upon and I shouldn’t be changing it just to fit the tour ideal, I guess,” said He. “I’ve also learned what’s the best mentality for me to compete under. So instead of really stressing about something, just staying relaxed is probably the best thing I can do for myself.”

Two-time LPGA Tour winner Hee Young Park (Seoul, South Korea), finished in solo second at -18 after posting a 2-under par 70 today as well. Yealimi Noh (Concord, California) earned her card with a third-place finish at -15, a relief after the LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage II and then the two weeks at Q-Series on Pinehurst No. 9

“I’m excited to play and have chances to win. I’m just really happy to be out there when I’m going to be out there. I’m just excited,” said Noh.

The 10-year Tour veteran Haeji Kang recorded an even-par round to settle in at fourth at -10. Lindsey Weaver (Bellefontaine, Ohio) rounded out the top five with an eighth-round 71 to finish -9.

<b>Midwest Ties</b>

Elizabeth Nagel (-1, T16)

  • Nagel, 27, is from DeWitt, Michigan
  • She was a 2015 LPGA Tour rookie; she eight starts on the LPGA Tour 2015 and 2016, including finishing 63rd at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open
  • In 2019 on the Symetra Tour, Nagel made 13 cuts in 19 starts with two top-15 finishes
  • She graduated from Michigan State University, where she helped lead the Spartans to three Big Ten titles
  • Nagel won the 2018 Michigan PGA Women’s Championship by three strokes after overcoming a five-shot deficit
  • Nagel was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November 2012 and is currently in remission; she used the phrase “Spartan Strong” to inspire herself and her teammates

 

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Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native who has been the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine since 2006. Besides being an avid golfer, Glen enjoys traveling, music, and cheering on the finest professional sports team of all-time, the Green Bay Packers. Glen’s ultimate golf goal is to play in all fifty states and currently he is more than half way there. His other dream, albeit far-fetched, it to record an ace in all seven states of our distribution area. Thanks to an ace in Illinois in 2015, and one in Michigan in 2016, he has three down, four to go!

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