8th December 2015 | Sunshine Ladies Tour
Super Strauss seals LPGA Tour card
South Africaâ€™s former number one ranked amateur Bertine Strauss will make her pro debut alongside Lee-Anne Pace, Ashleigh Simon and Paula Reto on the LPGA Tour in 2016 after crossing the final hurdle in the LPGA Tourâ€™s Final Stage Qualifier this weekend.
The 23-year-old from Koster carded rounds of 69, 73, 72 and 70 on the Hill and Jones Courses at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach to make the 72-hole cut to the low 70 players. She closed with a 71 for a total score of five-under par 355 and tied for 15th â€“ finishing well within the top 20 players who secured their cards for womens golfâ€™s biggest stage next season.
â€œI am extremely excited that I got the job done and that I will be competing on the LPGA Tour next year,â€ Strauss said.
â€œThis has been a goal a long time in the making and it is really gratifying to have accomplished this on my first try. First things first, I am coming home to enjoy my family and friends over the festive break.
â€œI am really looking forward to making my pro debut on the Sunshine Ladies Tour. I wasnâ€™t able to compete in the first two seasons, because it conflicted with college, but now I relish the chance to challenge in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies.â€
Strauss turned professional just after graduating from the University of Texas with a major in Psychology and minor in Business Administration.
During her final year with the Texas Longhorns, she anchored the womenâ€™s golf team and finished the season 72.52 scoring average, six top 10 finishes, victory in the PING/ASU Invitational in April and a host of other accolades.
Strauss made the WGCA All-America list and her other highlights included 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year, All Big 12 First Team and Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
She made her pro debut in the US Womenâ€™s Open in July and a month later, claimed her breakthrough in the paid ranks on the SunCoast Pro Tour at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California â€“ the same venue where, just a week later, she took the medallist honour in the First Stage Qualifying School with a wire-to-wire victory.
Strauss came through the Second Stage Qualifier with fellow South African Stacy Bregman, however, the three-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner failed to make the 72-hole cut.
PHOTO â€“ Bertine Strauss; credit Mari Samu.