LPGA player enters PGA Q-School
Isabelle Beisiegel tried to Monday qualify at two PGA Tour events at the start of the year, wanting to test herself before the LPGA season began and to prepare for her ultimate goal -- competing against the men.
After one mediocre season on the LPGA Tour, Beisiegel is ready to give it a shot.
She has paid her $4,500 entry fee for the PGA Tour qualifying tournament, which starts Oct. 19 on the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Beisiegel is believed to be the first woman to enter Q-school.
``I'm going to keep trying to qualify until I do make it,'' Beisiegel said from her home in Norman, Okla., where she played college golf for the Sooners. ``My chances are very good.''
Annika Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour at the '03 Colonial. Michelle Wie came within one shot of making the cut at the Sony Open in January. Laura Davies, Se Ri Pak and club pro Suzy Whaley are among women who have competed against the men in the last two years.
Beisiegel didn't come close to qualifying for the Buick Invitational or the Nissan Open in February. She also tried unsuccessfully last year to qualify for the Canadian Open and two Nationwide Tour events.
As an LPGA rookie, Beisiegel had only one top 10 in 24 tournaments, a tie for seventh at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic outside Chicago. She missed her last five cuts of the season, but still finished 79th on the money list with $120,586 to secure her LPGA card for next year.
She already has been to PGA West and says she can handle the 7,156-yard par 72.
``You can fit three of our LPGA fairways on one fairway. It's pretty open,'' she said. ``I've played all these holes all year. We've had holes that were 485 yards; obviously, they were par 5s. But how many times was I in position to putt for an eagle?''
Beisiegel is eighth on the LPGA Tour in driving distance at 265.6 yards. Still, she has always believed golf is more about mental challenges than brute strength.
``I'll be ready to break that mental hurdle,'' she said. ``There should be a lot more women trying this.''
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