Brittany Lang of McKinney and Christi Cano of San Antonio earned their LPGA Tour cards on Sunday by surviving a 3-way playoff, grabbing the final two of 24 fully exempt tour cards up for grabs at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School.
Lang is well-known - collegiate phenom at Duke; runner-up performance at the U.S. Women's Open earlier this year - and she probably expected to get her card with ease. It wasn't easy, but she did get her card. Lang posted rounds of 70-72-75-73-73 for a final score of 3-over par.
Cano is not well-known. A high school standout in San Antonio, she was a solid player for four years at Oklahoma State University. She's played a few events on the Futures Tour, but since graduating from college a couple years ago has spend most of her time as a pro in San Antonio. She earned a Futures Tour card for 2005, but played just a couple events because she was unable to find financial backing. Cano won't have that trouble in 2006. She posted rounds of 71-73-74-72-73 to earn her shot at LPGA glory.
My longtime fave Kelli Kuehne didn't fare as well, finishing in a tie for 11th among those golfers who failed to earn exempt status. That means Kuehne has non-exempt status for 2006 - the same status she went into the Q-School finals with. With her name recognition, she shouldn't have too much trouble finding her way into a good number of tournaments next year, but it's very unlikely she'll be able to put together a full season's worth of events.