Even nature couldn’t upset what she thought was the natural order of things, so Montreal’s Lisa Meldrum is now on her way to the LPGA Tour.
Meldrum shot a one-under 71 on Monday at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., to finish a stretched-out five rounds at LPGA Tour qualifying school at five-under to tie for fifth. The top 20 players earn their full-time cards.
“I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet,” said Meldrum, a three-time national amateur champion. “We’re just driving home and I just said, `I’m going to play on the LPGA next year – that sounds pretty good.’”
Meldrum started with scores of 71 and 70 before stormy weather abruptly ended her third round after four holes and cancelled play on Saturday, leading to the Monday finish.
“The first round was very windy. To shoot one-under was a really good start in the conditions we had,” said Meldrum, whose third round score ballooned to 75 when she resumed play on Sunday and played 32 holes that day.
“It was very cold and wet and muddy. To shoot 75 and still stay in the same position I was after two rounds tells you that it wasn’t playing very easy. Just to be able to stay in it after that round and keep that 75 from being a 78 or 79 was really big,” said Meldrum, who shot a fourth-round 68.
Meldrum, a former national junior champion, calls it the “never-ending week,” but she was philosophical about the interruptions in play.
“You look at it like you’re going to play five days in a row and you sort of set your mindset for that,” said Meldrum, who used the day off last Saturday to work out, hit some balls and relax while watching some college football on television.
“My goal (on Monday) was just to go out there and win the thing, I was only a couple of shots back and got off to a really good start. Looking back, I could have very easily had a few more shots or putts go my way and done a little better,” she said.
What matters, however, is not hindsight.
“I played five very, very solid rounds and that’s what you have to do,” said Meldrum, who may have received a good omen in August when she won the Impact Classic on the Duramed Futures Tour.
“I’d been playing well and I’d had a couple of good finishes,” she said. “It was definitely nice to finally be able to get it done out there. I’ve been out there for a few years and I knew I could win out there. Just to be able to do it was a big confidence boost.”
Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., finished just short of earning her tour card after starting the day in a tie for ninth before finishing the day in a tie for 22nd.
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