Aberdonian Gemma Dryburgh retained her full LPGA status for 2019 by finishing tied 23rd at the inaugural LPGA Q-Series at Pinehurst.
After eight arduous rounds of intense pressure to maintain her status, Gemma finished four-over-par after rounds of 71, 76, 71, 72, 72, 76, 70 and 72 for an aggregate of 580.
Crucially, Gemma’s all-important final round ended on a high after she holed out from a bunker at the sixth for a birdie and she also holed a 30-yard chip at the last.
Gemma, who is now attached to Beaconsfield, said: “I am so pleased to have regained my full LPGA tour card for the 2019 seaso
“It was a long two weeks of qualifying and I am happy to see all of the hard work and preparation pay off.
“After learning a lot as a rookie this year, I am looking forward to putting my experience to use during my second year.”
The Q-Series, which had a field of 102 players, replaced Final Stage III qualifying which was played annually at Daytona Beach.
Gemma started playing golf when her father John introduced her to the sport aged four.
She moved to Florida to go to IMG Academy aged 15 before attending Tulane University in New Orleans on a scholarship. Gemma played for Scotland in the World Amateur Championship in Japan, the Spirit International in the US, the European Team Championships, and in two South American Amateur Championships in Colombia and Peru.
The highlight of her amateur career was playing for GB&I in the 2014 Curtis Cup in St Louis, Missouri.
After finishing at Tulane, Gemma turned professional and secured main tour playing rights on both sides of the Atlantic before winning her first pro event in Sydney, Australia, earlier this year.