Stoelting Has Strong Showing at Manulife Financial LPGA Classic; Rookie Finishes Even Par for the Tournament
WATERLOO, ONTARIO – Jackie Stoelting concluded play in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Sunday afternoon in Canada with a final-round score of one-under par 70. It was her second under-par round in the tournament and allowed her to finish in a tie for 74th place in a field of 133.
Stoelting was playing as a sponsor’s invite she earned by winning Golf Channel’s reality series, Big Break Florida. That made her only the second FSC women’s golfer to play in a tournament on the LPGA Tour, joining Jana Peterkova, who played in the 2005 and 2007 U.S. Open as a regional qualifier. Stoelting finished the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic with a score of even-par 284, which included scores of 70 in the first and fourth rounds. In between, she shot a 73 on Friday and a 71 on Saturday for the best showing ever by a Moccasin women’s golfer at the professional level.
Moving up three spots from where she started the day, Stoelting had what proved to be her top performance of the tournament on Sunday. She had just one bogey and balanced that with two birdies. Over the course of the tournament, she played her best golf on the three par-five’s, going three-under with three birdies and nine pars. Her round-by-round scores all surpassed what she did at the 2013 U.S. Open last June as regional qualifier, when she also made the cut in her only previous appearance at the world’s highest level of professional golf.
South Korea’s Inbee Park won the tournament with a score of 261 (-23), giving her a 3-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr from the United States. She tied the course record with a 61 on Sunday.
Based on her performance on the Symetra Tour, Stoelting has already earned conditional LPGA status for 2014. She’s had three top-10 finishes, is currently tied for seventh on the Race for the Card Money List, and finished tied for 38th during Stage III of LPGA Q School. Overall, she has 14 career top-10 finishes on the Symetra Tour, where she began playing on a regular basis in 2010.
Stoelting graduated from Florida Southern in 2008 as a 2-time All-American after helping the Moccasins win the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2007.