Karen Chung, Bronte Law among those off to LPGA
UCLA Bronte Law
(UCLA Athletics Photo)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (December 5, 2016) -- With the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School
now in the books the landscape of women's college golf has drastically changed. Second-ranked USC senior Karen Chung earned full status, No. 7 UCLA's Bronte Law and Daniela Darquea of No. 14 Miami earned partial status and will all be heading to the professional ranks. With partial status Law and Darquea hope to play in roughly 10 LPGA events.
Katelyn Dambaugh of No. 13 South Carolina also earned partial status following five rounds at the LPGA International Golf Course but she has elected to return to school and finish out her senior year.
Chung, who has one class remaining to complete her communications major, will be leaving USC after an All-American career that saw her also receive All-Pac 12 honors on multiple occasions. In 2015 Chung won the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, her best finish this year was a ninth place finish at the Windy City Collegiate Classic.
“It was a roller-coaster ride out there for me this week,” Chung told Golfweek.
Law, a member of the 2016 GB&I Curtis Cup winning team, leaves UCLA as the top-ranked amateur in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women's Rankings. The reigning ANNIKA Award winner has three 2016 ranking wins this year and also played in three of the five majors on the LPGA Tour. Her signature victory came at the European Ladies Championship.
“I played my absolute heart out to get a card,”the Bruins senior said. “I was right there.”
Daniela Darquea put together an impressive career with the Canes earning 2014 WGCA All-American Honorable Mention and All-ACC honors. Last season the Miami senior tied for fourth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and finished eighth at the ACC Championship.
Former San Jose State star Regan De Guzman earned her full LPGA card but as a graduate De Guzman didn't have a decision to weigh.
-Golfweek contributed to this story