LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Rancho Mirage
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CREATED Aug. 29, 2013
RANCHO MIRAGE - The four-day qualifying tournament for the LPGA tour is wrapping up Friday at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
"These girls are professionals, amateurs, just fresh out of college or maybe even 18 years old, we even had a 63-year-old out here today," says LPGA Media Services Coordinator, Katie Ann Robinson.
There are 245 participants from all over the world, including here in the Valley. 24-year-old Tiffany Schoning is a professional golfer who lives in La Quinta and is participating in the event for the first time.
"It's something that I really want and being here is a pretty big stage and it's pretty nerve-wracking," expresses Schoning.
Like many of the golfers, she started playing the sport when she was young. Schoning says the terrain at Dinah Shore and Palmer courses are challenging.
"They're great courses, they're definitely tough, they're scorable, but you can also get in trouble," says Schoning.
Of course the weather is also something to take into consideration when out there on the course.
"It's hot, I'm not used to it from Orange County. We don't have heat this bad or humidity like it is now, but I mean everybody has to play it so we just kind of have to grind and go through it," explains another professional golfer, Lalita Patipaksiri, who qualified last year on the LPGA tour.
Only the top 100 golfers will advance to Stage 2 of the qualifying tournament in Florida. That will run the first week of October, and Stage 3, also in Florida, will begin in December.
Among the countries represented in the event are the United States, Mexico, Belgium, France, South Korea, Sweden, Japan and Australia.
For more information, visit: http://www.lpga.com/golf/owned-event-pages/2013-qualifying-tournament.aspx