Beisiegel becomes first female to earn playing card on Canadian Tour

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Isabelle Beisiegel earned a spot on the 2011 Canadian Tour after trying to play her way onto the PGA Tour and competing sporadically on the LPGA Tour.
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Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011 | 12:07 a.m.

Isabelle Beisiegel became the first female player to earn a playing card on a men's professional golf tour, tying for ninth place Friday in the Canadian Tour's Spring Qualifying School to take one of the last two nonexempt spots.

Beisiegel, a 32-year-old Montreal native who played at the University of Oklahoma, had a 4-under 68 in the third round, then closed with a 75 in rainy conditions to finish at 8-over 296 at Morningstar Golf Club. Before her success, she had tried repeatedly to earn a spot on the PGA Tour, and played sporadically on the LPGA Tour.

"I still can't believe it. It's a little overwhelming," Beisiegel said. "I went into today just trying not to get ahead of myself. I focused on thinking about where I was and not what could happen. I was assured in the fact that no matter what happened it was going to be OK."

Beisiegel opened with rounds of 75 and 78.

Australia's Andrew Kelly won the event to earn the first of five full exemptions, also closing with a 75 to finish at 1-under 287. American Phil Telliard (70) was a stroke back.