Jenny Coleman became the first former University of Colorado women's golfer to earn conditional LPGA status after finishing tied for 29th at the Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament this past weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"It means everything to be able to get a conditional LPGA Tour Card," Coleman said. "That's the ultimate goal. It's the top tier tour to play in."
Entering her final round at 1-over, Coleman rebounded to finish the fifth round with a 1-under 71, birding the 90th hole. For the tournament, Coleman shot an even-par 360.
"I'm very happy for Jenny Coleman earning her LPGA status," CU women's golf coach Anne Kelly said. "Jenny was and remains a very tough, determined competitor and those are important qualities to have to be successful in professional golf. She has a very exciting future ahead of her and it will be fun to watch her compete at the highest level in women's golf next year!"
Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla., earned medalist honors with a score of 347, shooting 13-under through five days.
At CU from 2010-14, Coleman set a precedent of success for women's golf by becoming the first Buff in school history to make NCAA regionals all four years.
During her CU career, she competed in 47 events and 139 rounds, both school records. At the time of her graduation, she had the most birdies (331) and eagles (five) in school history and ranked second all-time in stroke average (75.03) and rounds counting toward team scoring (119). She set or shared 28 program records by the end of her career.
She will be joining 30 other rookies on the LPGA Tour next year. With the newly acquired conditional LPGA Tour Card, Coleman is allowed to compete in up to eight Tour events per year. If she plays well enough throughout the year, she will get reshuffled and be able to increase her status for the 2018 season.