VENICE, Fla. -- Washington women’s golf will be well represented this week for Stage II of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The Dawgs have four alums looking to earn their tour card as well as current Husky Jennifer Yang testing the waters against professional competition.
The second stage of Q-School begins on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with 198 players looking to move onto the third stage. To move onto the final stage, players must finish in the top-80 with ties.
The four Huskies alums to play this week will be Anya Alvarez, Molly Aronsson, Karinn Dickinson and Sadena Parks. Each is hoping to join Paige Mackenzie on the LPGA tour.
Aronsson, Alvarez and Parks played on the Symetra Tour last season and are hoping for a breakthrough at Q-School and a chance on the LPGA Tour next season. Dickinson took another route as she has not played professionally since graduating in 2011, but hopes to earn her card and become a pro this season.
For Yang, she will face the top competition and unique pressure that Q-School offers, while still retaining her amateur status. The NCAA has a rule for college players to “test the waters” at Q-School for the second stage. If Yang advances to the final stage, she will have to decide whether she wants to give up her NCAA eligibility and turn pro or not.
The third stage of Q-School begins Novermber 19 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
In the meantime, the Washington alums and one current Dawg will battle it out over 72 holes this week as they pursue a chance to play on women’s golf biggest stage.