Monday Morning Golf Report

Dec. 14, 2009

In her first try at LPGA Q-School, 2009 graduate Nannette Hill played great and walked away from the long week with conditional status on the LPGA Tour in 2010.

Hill opened the five-round marathon at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a solid round of 1-over 73. She dug herself a hole in the second round with a 6-over 78 and was tied for tied for 72nd in the 105-player field.

She would battle-back with a strong round of 2-under 70 on Friday and then post a brilliant 3-under 69 to climb into a tie for 25th. The tournament was stretched to Monday because of the rain in the area and no doubt Hill was feeling the pressure heading into the final round.

The Pelham, NY, native got off to a bit of slow start on Monday and eventually fell to 3-over for the day. With three holes to play, Hill was 4-over for the tournament and at the time, the number to make the top-20 looked like it would be 1-over. She birdied the 16th to get 3-over and after a par at No. 17, she laced a drive and was able to reach the par-5 18th in two, setting her up with an eagle putt. Hill then suppressed the nerves and rolled in the putt to finish at 1-over par for the tournament. The number later dropped to even-par but it was still a great finish.

The top-20 at the end of the week earned full-time status next season while Hill and rest of the 21-30 earned conditional status. Each week, a total of 144 professionals make-up the field on the LPGA Tour. The top-120 players from the 2009 money list kept their card for '10 with the next 20 spots filled by the top-20 at Q-School. The next available spots are then filled by a combination of lists and one of those are spots 21-30 at Q-School. Hill will likely play anywhere between eight and 12 events this season on the LPGA Tour and will play the rest of the time on the DURAMED Futures Tour where she has full-time status.

The PGA Tour season is done for 2009 and will restart after the turn of the year in Hawaii with the Mercedes Benz Championship and the Sony Open. Webb Simpson finished in the top-10 last year at the Sony Open and will likely start his 2010 season there again. All this month, PGATour.com is counting down the Top-100 Players to watch in 2010 and last week, Simpson was profiled at No. 74. Click here to see his profile.

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