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Kim, Sharp Graduate To LPGA Tour

Sue Kim and Alena Sharp secured their full-time playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2014 by finishing in the top 10 of the lower-tier Symetra Tour’s money list this season. The Canadians were awarded their cards at a ceremony last Monday following the Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. Kim, of Langley, B.C., had a breakout year on the developmental circuit, posting her first career victory and two other top-10 finishes to place sixth on its money list. Sharp, of Hamilton, Ont., was ninth on the money list despite making just seven starts. She had five top-10 results this year. Kim and Sharp have LPGA status this year (Sharp has been a regular since 2005) but haven’t earned enough to keep their full cards. Their Symetra success, however, means they’ll have a chance for a regular schedule on the top tour next year.

Lorie Kane jumped to the top of the Legends Tour money list after her two-shot victory at the Legends Championship in French Lick, Ind., in late September. The 48-year-old from Charlottetown, PEI, picked up a cheque for $60,000 (U.S.), the largest first prize in the 13-year history of the circuit for women 45 and older. Her season haul of $92,000 puts her more than $35,000 ahead of No. 2 Laurie Rinker, one of the two runners-up at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. Kane usually plays on the LPGA Tour but has sprinkled five Legends tournaments into her schedule. Her next-best finish this year came in a five-hole playoff loss at a Maine tournament earlier in September. Kane has scored just $23,000 in 16 LPGA Tour starts this season and is 119th on its money list.


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