Steen Finishes Tied for Sixth in Stage I of LPGA Qualifying Tournament
July 29, 2011
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - University of Memphis senior Marissa Steen fired a final round score of 66 to finish tied for sixth place in Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament on Friday.
The West Chester, Ohio, native carded scores of 70-68-74-66 - 278 to finish 10-under at the 72-hole stroke-play competition, which was held at the "Q-School's" 6389-yard, par 72 Champion's Course.
"I felt like I putted well and that helped me to score the way I did throughout the tournament this week," Steen said. "I feel like competing alongside some of the amateurs here at Q-school has really helped my confidence. This experience has given me a great opportunity to improve my short game, which is something I have been working very hard on this summer."
"I am thrilled for Marissa. She has worked incredibly hard and has continued to improve," head coach Beth Harrelson said. "She is not only an incredible leader on the course, but has a 3.95 in the classroom as well. I could not be any happier for her and all she has and is accomplishing."
Steen finished tied for sixth place with former Texas A&M stand out and former Golfweek No. 9 world amateur, Julia Boland 68-72-70-68 - 278 (-10).
"I am very happy that I could compete well at Q-school, but this tournament in no way affects my plans for next season," Steen stated. "I've had a great experience at the U of M, and I fully plan to return to Memphis for my senior season. Next year will give me a great opportunity to work on my game and enjoy the rest of my college experience."
As a member of the top-50 qualifiers in Stage I, Steen now advances to the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, to be held Sept. 27-30 at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. The top-70 performers and ties from Stage II will advance into the final Qualifying Tournament Stage III.
Stage III "Q-school," will be contested over 90 holes and held Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 on both the Champions and Legends courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2012 LPGA membership and all others who make the cut will receive LPGA Futures Tour status.
Steen, a two-time All-C-USA honoree, holds Memphis' single-season scoring record of 73.97 strokes per round, and was Conference USA's runner-up last season as a junior.