The second stage of LPGA Q-School took place last week in Venice, Florida, and of the 188 who started the week, 41 advanced. Among those 41 were nine amateurs, including LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad, who topped the field by four strokes with an 18-under total.
Lindblad, a fifth-year senior who is currently No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, shot 67-66-70-67 at Plantation Golf and Country Club’s Bobcat and Panther courses. Last year, the LPGA changed its Q-Series criteria, requiring players to turn professional before they can compete for an LPGA card.
Lindblad said she’s decided to go back to school for one more semester.
“At the beginning of the year I’m like I am probably just going to go through the whole Q-Series and like peace out,” said Lindblad, “but I was talking to my coaches, and I really like it at LSU. Like, our coaches are awesome. This year we have a really good team, so I just want to give it a chance to get another SEC and maybe a national championship.”
Lindblad left Venice with Epson Tour status for 2024.
Notable amateurs who missed the cut include Southern Cal’s Amari Avery and former U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Jensen Castle.
This year’s LPGA Q-Series takes place Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 in Mobile, Alabama, at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course.
Here are the eight other amateurs who will soon have to make a similar decision about turning pro:
The Clemson super senior shot back-to-back 69s over the weekend to move into the top 10. Grewal set a new Clemson scoring record last season with a 71.77 stroke average. She’s currently 124th in WAGR.
Iqbal is a 2022 graduate of Texas Christian, where she set the program’s career scoring record at 72.9, birdies with 357 and rounds of par or better with 59.
The Californian then transferred to Colorado for a fifth year. She’s currently 116th in WAGR. Iqbal also played in the second stage last year and took a share of 102nd.