When she finished the final stage of LPGA TOUR Qualifying School last December in a tie for 44th place it was bittersweet for Augusta James. The Bath, Ontario golfer had finally earned LPGA Status, but due to her Category (17) she knew her 2017 schedule would be up in the air.
Unsure about how many starts she would get she had to map out a schedule based mostly on the Symetra Tour, the feeder tour for the LPGA, with plans to play on the LPGA when she could. She would add in as many Monday qualifiers as possible.
The strategy paid off. On Sunday she finished in a tie for 18th at the Symetra Tour Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. There was no time to celebrate in any way though, she needed to get from Winter Haven, Florida to Mesa, Arizona to compete for one of the two spots available in the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
It all worked out. James posted 65 (-7) to lead the way in the 83 player field and earn her way into the field. According to Canadian National Women’s Team Coach Tristan Mullally, James capped the day with birdies on her final two holes.
She now joins Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Jennifer Ha and Maude-Aimee Leblanc as Canadians playing this week on the LPGA Tour.