Sept. 9, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. - Arizona women's golf alum Alison Walshe used a 9th place finish on the Duramed FUTURES Tour Money List to earn one of 10 automatic memberships to the 2010 LPGA Tour.
Walshe, a two-time 1st-team all-American in her four years at Arizona, earned $34,225 in 17 events this season to make the next step in her professional career. She joins fellow former Wildcats Lorena Ochoa, Natalie Gulbis and Marisa Baena for the 2010 LPGA Tour season.
Though Walshe did not win an event in 2009, she tied for 2nd at the Texas Hill Country Classic in May, which provided almost one-third of her season winnings. She posted six top 10 finishes in her 17 starts.
Walshe finished fourth in three statistical categories for the season, including sub-par holes, birdies and par 5 average. She was 12th in both scoring average at 72.083 and average driving distance at 246.510.
The 2009 season was the 11th year in the 29-year history of the Duramed FUTURES Tour that players have been able to earn automatic exemptions onto the LPGA Tour and the seventh year that at least five LPGA memberships were awarded.
With more than 500 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Duramed FUTURES Tour players have won a total of 345 LPGA titles, including 37 major championships. The Tour had a record total purse of $1.8 million for the 2009 season.
The 2010 LPGA schedule will be announced during the LPGA Tour Championship in mid-November. There are currently 14 events finalized with another 15 in discussions. The 2009 Tour features 28 Official Money tournaments totaling over $50 million in prize money.