Sept. 22, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona women's golfer Alison Walshe moved a step closer to qualifying for the LPGA Tour last weekend as she earned a spot in the tour's Final Qualifying Tournament in December.
Walshe, a product of Westford, Mass., carded rounds of 71, 74, 74 and 69 to finish in a tie for 12th place. Her even-par 288 total made her one of only 17 players in the 82-woman field to finish at par or better.
The LPGA Sectional Qualifier was played over the Palmer and Shore Courses, Sept. 16-19, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
A first-team All-American and an all-Pac-10 performer for the Wildcats in 2007-08, Walshe posted a 72.50 stroke average last season, while 14 of her 34 rounds played were at par or better. She finished 2007-08 as the eighth-rated golfer nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and posted three individual wins in 11 starts to go with eight top-10 finishes. Walshe had seven rounds in the 60s with a low of 66 last year and was Arizona's top finisher in eight of those 11 tournament appearances.
She also helped the United States claim victory in the 2008 Curtis Cup match.
Walshe is one of 30 players from this qualifier to advance to the Final Qualifying Tournament, Dec. 1-7, at the LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.