Song wins LPGA Tour Q-School final as 20 players earn cards for 2011

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Medalist Aree Song, at age 24, earned a return to the LPGA Tour by finishing at 6-under 354 in the five-round event at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Published: Sunday, December 12, 2010 | 6:10 p.m.

Aree Song won the LPGA Tour’s Q-School finals on Sunday, shooting a 1-over 73 in wind, rain and cold for a two-stroke victory over 17-year-old Jessica Korda.

The 24-year-old Song, from South Korea, finished at 6-under 354 in the five-round event at LPGA International to earn one of 20 full 2011 tour exemptions.


A total of 20 players earned their 2011 LPGA Tour cards Sunday.



1. Aree Song


2. Jessica Korda


3. Jimin Jeong


T4. Danah Ford Bordner


T4. Dewi Claire Schreefel


T4. Pornanong Phatlum


T4. Reilley Rankin


T8. Jeehae Lee


T8. Belen Mozo


T10. Angela Oh


T10. Nicole Hage


T12. Pernilla Lindberg


T12. Dori Carter


T14. Kimberly Kim


T14. Stephanie Sherlock


T14. Mollie Fankhauser


T14. Jennie Lee


T14. Christel Boeljon


T14. Sara Brown


T14. Jin Young Pak


"Any time you enter a competition and come out on top, you feel pretty good," said Song, of Seoul, South Korea, who makes her home in Orlando, Fla. "(With this weather), I couldn't hit it as close as the I did in the last four days, but I still hit it well."

Korda, the daughter of former tennis star Petr Korda (who served as her caddie this week), closed with a 77. After playing the tournament as an amateur, she said after the round that she was turning pro. Because of the tour's age restrictions, Korda will need to seek special permission from Commissioner Mike Whan to play next year.

"It was a tough, tough day because it was really windy, and I lost my balance about 20 times," said Korda, from Bradenton, Fla. "But this is a dream come true."

South Korea's Jimin Jeong (71) was third at 3 under.



A big celebration for Stephanie Sherlock!!! A three time champion in the Ontario Junior Masters' series and now on the LPGA Tour. Way to go Steph!!!!