Colorado golfer near the cut with 2024 LPGA Tour access on the line
Update 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6: Denver’s Becca Huffer shot a 3-under par round on the final day of the LPGA’s Q-Series tournament and finished high enough to earn a tour card for the LPGA in 2024.
Huffer began the day outside the top 45 in the field of 70 players. Finishers within the top 45 earn some LPGA status next year. She double-bogeyed her first hole Wednesday, but then got an eagle on the fourth hole and began the back nine with four birdies in five holes.
By Jim Bebbington
Becca Huffer, a two-time winner of the Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open, is in the finals of the LPGA’s Q Series this week with a card at stake for next year’s LPGA Tour.
Huffer was a star at Notre Dame University before turning pro in 2013. She has 10 top-10 finishes in the Epson Tour – the LPGA’s developmental league – and won the Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open in 2013 and 2019. She was the runner-up this past summer.
“It’s nice to get over the first hurdle of making the cut,” Huffer wrote in an email Monday night after making the day-four cut of the six-day tournament. “I’ve played Q-Series here the last two years as well and just didn’t play well those weeks. So it’s nice to have that pressure off and I think I’ll just feel freer to play my game for the final two rounds. I’ve been playing well so far, better than my scores, making quite a few birdies but just have had too many bogeys as well. So if I can just clean up my scorecard a little the next few days I think I can put up a couple good rounds and see where that leaves me.”
After Monday’s round she led the field in the number of birdies made. She made the cut with rounds of 70, 72, 70 and 69 to be five under heading into the final rounds. She shot a even par 72 on Tuesday and heads into Wednesday’s final round tied for 60th.
The top 20 and ties receive LPGA Tour status at a level 14, meaning 13 categories of players have higher priority and tournament status than they do. Q-Series players who finish between 21 and 45 earn 2024 LPGA Tour status at a level 15, as well as Epson Tour status for next year. By making the four-day cut, Huffer automatically earned at least 2024 Epson Tour status for next year.
Huffer finished 10th in the 2018 Q-Series tournament, the first time it was held.
The tournament began last Thursday and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Mobile, Ala. Players are on both the Falls and Crossings courses at Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
The final two rounds are on the Crossings course.
Another Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open veteran, Savannah Vilaubi, fell one-stroke short of making the Q-Series cut this week. Vilaubi was undone by the back nine of her final round, shooting a four-over par 40 for a round of 76, missing the cut by one stroke.
Becca Huffer Career Highlights
- 15 events on the LPGA, one cut made, $3,298 (180)
- Finished 10th at the inaugural LPGA Q-Series to earn Priority List Category 14 status for the 2019 season
- Recorded three top-10 finishes on the Epson Tour in 2018 including a season-best runner-up result at the Prasco Charity Championship
- Played on Epson Tour
- A 2013 Epson Tour rookie, she has 10 career top-10 finishes
- Graduated from Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in Industrial Design
- Four-time All-Big East Team selection and team captain
- Winner of the Colorado Women’s Open (2013)
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