Just over six weeks
before she represents South Africa
at the Women’s World Cup of Golf, 18-year-old rookie professional, Ashleigh
Simon narrowly missed out on her LPGA Tour card by one shot at Qualifying School
in Dayton Beach, Florida, on Sunday.
of 70, 70, 72, and 70, Simon, tied for fifth overnight, shot a final round
three-over par 75 to miss getting full exempt status on the 2008 LPGA Tour, and
will now have to settle
for conditional status after finishing tied for 18th at three under.
father, Mike, told Independent Newspapers
from Dayton Beach: "She’s disappointed but
coping well, knowing that she can still play plenty of golf next year."
It’s been a whirlwind six
months for South Africa’s
18-year-old golf sensation, who turned professional in May this year.
Just over a month into
her professional career, and in her fourth start in the paid ranks, Simon clinched
her first Ladies European Tour event in Spain, becoming the youngest Pro
golfer ever to achieve it, when she won the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters,
giving her full playing privileges for the Ladies European Tour.
Simon’s next big
assignment is the Women’s World Cup of Golf, taking place at Sun
City from Jan 18-20, where she will partner Laurette Maritz for
the fourth time in a row.