Kiwi Amelia Garvey has progressed to the second stage of qualification for a LPGA Tour Playing Card after after finishing tied for 4th place at the 2021 LPGA and Symetra Tour Stage One qualifying tournament in Rancho Mirage California.
Garvey finished on 12-under for the tournament and tied for fourth with Karen Fredgaard from Denmark and the USA’s Auston Kim, who finished three shots behind Gina Kim from USA.
A field of 339 players have been competing to finish in the top-95 players and ties who advanced to Stage II from Oct. 21-24 in Venice Florida.
“I basically holed everything I looked at. I didn’t hit it well at all, but when you have the putter working it makes life a lot easier,” said Garvey said after her third round.
“It was nice to not really have the pressure of making the cut and going out there, keep attacking. I’m happy with the spot I am in and really liking the courses as well.
“The ball is going a little bit further and there are bigger targets off the tee.”
Fellow Kiwis Julianne Alvarez and Munchin Keh failed to make it to the second stage after just missing the cutoff score..
Keh tied for 96th place on 7-over while Alvarez finished on 7-over, tied for 124th.
Two other Kiwis Laura Hoskin and Wenyung Keh missed the round three cut and were eliminated on Saturday.
Garvey, 21, who turned professional just before the US Women’s Open in June had eight birdies and three bogeys in her third round at the Shadow Ridge course.
The final round was played on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Coachella on Sunday where Garvey played on Thursday and shot a 4-under 68.