After the first two days of four rounds of golf in phase 1 of the LPGA qualifying school, Kelowna golfer Megan Osland made an adjustment with her putter.
She was sitting at one-over par and in 35th position out of 283 professional and amateur ladies’ golfers, inside the top 60 who would advance to the next stage of qualifying.
And the adjustment worked as she started to roll in birdies, making six birdies en route to a three-under par 69 in round three before making four birdies for a final round 72.
Her two-under par total was good enough for a tie for 12th place and a spot in the next stage of the three stage qualifying for the top ladies golf tour, the LPGA.
“It’s just the start, there are three stages and the ultimate goal is to get through all three and get my LPGA tour card, but it’s a good start,” said Osland, 22 and back home in Kelowna this week. “Just to get through the first stage was good. It was my first Q school experience and you see how it goes and how it’s done. I was a little nervous the first day but overall I played really steady.”
Osland, who has completed four years of eligibility in the NCAA after a solid university career at San Jose State university, will turn pro this week as she looks to take the next step in her career. Playing in the Q school with hundreds of other women golfers, all looking for what will eventually be 25 new players on the LPGA tour, came with a lot of pressure.
But the KSS grad kept herself calm and made just two double-bogeys in the four pressure packed rounds.
“It was definitely a high pressure tournament,” she said. “The cutline was four-over par so that’s just one-over in each of the rounds. I tried to keep it all in perspective and I was very calm. I feel like I played very solid golf. I only had two bad holes over the four rounds.”
The next stage of qualifying for the LPGA will take place in October where Osland will again play four rounds to determine if she can move onto the final stage. In the meantime, Osland is getting set to take part in next Monday’s qualifier for the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open before she returns to school to complete her degree.
On Monday Osland will play in the one-round qualifier for the Canadian Women’s Open to be played Aug. 20 to 23 at the Vancouver Golf Club. The top four finishers in the Monday event will advance to the tournament.
“It’s one round and basically anything can happen,” she said. “It’s a shootout for 18 holes. I’m excited and I’m confident but it’s not going to be easy. I just want to continue playing the way I’m playing and hopefully I can make it.”
If she does, it will be Osland’s first tournament on the LPGA tour.
Upon completion of her event next week, Osland will return for an internship at San Jose State and to complete her degree in recreation management and continue training for the next stage of the LPGA Q school