Area female professional golfers are aiming for a 2015 LPGA Tour card this week at LPGA International in the third and final stage of Qualifying School.
Former IMG Academy standout Laetitia Beck and Bradenton's Ginger Howard lead the charge.
Beck posted a 69 on the Jones Course and is tied for seventh place, while Howard logged a 70 on the Jones course and is tied for 15th place.
The top 20 players at the conclusion of the 90-hole tournament earn LPGA Tour membership through category 12, which is basically full-time status.
Other players with local ties include: former University of Florida and IMG Academy standout Mia Piccio (71, tied for 24th), IMG Academy alum Victoria Tanco (74, tied for 88th), IMG alum Susy Benavides (75, tied for 105th) and Bradenton's Jaclyn Sweeney (76, tied for 124th).
The tournament continues Thursday on the Jones and Hills courses. The 154-player field will be cut down to the low 70 and ties after 72 holes.
Lakewood Ranch's Adam Hogue won the West Florida Golf Tour's inaugural Winter Tour series event this past Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.
Hogue fired a 5-under par 67, before defeating Sam Chavez in a sudden-death playoff for the first-place check of more than $850.
Hogue and Chavez were two of only five players to break par on the Ritz layout.
On Nov. 26 at River Strand, Norbert Willers aced the 165-yard 4th hole on the Sanctuary Course with a 3-wood. Witnesses were Bob Walsh and Kathy Walsh.
On Nov. 29 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Johann Nanayakkara aced the 140-yard 4th hole on the Cypress Lakes Course with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Ed Rogers, Jim Soda and Ron Lehr.
Recently at Greens of Manatee, Darrell Lewis aced the 120-yard 12th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Barbara Boomer, Wayne Boomer and Donna Tuggle.
Recently at Greens of Manatee, Dan Goede aced the 110-yard 16th hole. Witnesses were Chuck Chatfield, Jack Breitung and Bill Lagoy.
-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer