ATHENS, Ohio — Former Ohio women's golfer, Hailey Hrynewich will be back in action this weekend at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. for stage one of the LPGA Qualifying School. The Muskegon, Mich. native, who competed for the Bobcats from 2013-17, is part of a 362-player field competing to make the second stage of Q-School.
Stage one will be Thursday through Sunday at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Players will compete in a 72-hole competition with the top 90 players and ties advancing to stage two after 72 holes. A cut will be made after 54 holes and only the top 125 players and ties will advance to Sunday's final round. Status for the Symetra Tour, the official development tour for the LPGA Tour, is available for those players who make the 54-hole cut.
The goal for the weekend is to advance on to stage two of Q-School, which will take place at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla., the week of Oct. 16-22. From there, players will try to make it to the final stage of Q-School, which will be Nov. 27-Dec. 3 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The top 20 finishers of the final stage will earn LPGA Tour membership.
Hrynewich wrapped up her Bobcat career with 42 total events and 115 rounds to put together a four-year 56.13 stroke average. She finished in the top-five 14 times in her career, 19 times in the top-10 and 26 times in the top-20. She is also tied for the lowest single round score in program history (66), registered the lowest season average in program history (73.97) and has the lowest career average in program history (56.13).
Hrynewich finished the 2016-17 season with 30 rounds of golf under her belt. With 2,219 strokes, Hrynewich finished with a 73.97 average, which is the lowest season average in program history. Hrynewich shot her lowest round of the season, setting a new career-low, at the Redbird Invitational where she shot a 66 in the third round. The 66 is tied for the lowest round shot by a Bobcat in program history. This season, Hrynewich finished with two individual championships, one at the KZoo Classic and one at the 2017 Dolores Black Falcon Invitational. She finished in the top-5 seven times, in the top-10 eight times and finished in the top-20 in all 11 tournaments this season. Hrynewich was named MAC Golfer of the Week twice and was named Second Team All-MAC and to the MAC All-Tournament squad. At the 2017 MAC Championships. Hrynewich finished tied for fifth place after shooting a 75 in the first two rounds and then finished with a 77 to finish the tournament with a total of 227 (+11).
Play will begin Thursday at approximately 10 a.m. ET on all four days of competition. Players will rotate through the three courses (Dinah Shore, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player) at Mission Hills Country Club for the first three rounds with the final round set to take place on the Dinah Shore course.
The Dinah Shore course is a par-72 and will play 6,610 yards, the Arnold Palmer Course is a par-72 and will play 6,520 yards while the Gary Player Course is a par-72 and will play 6,510 yards.