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Former Washington State Cougar Kim Welch earned her 2013 LPGA Tour card by finishing tied for 11th with ex-Idaho Vandal Kayla Mortellaro at Qualifying School in early December. Welch, who played in LPGA events in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, has played in three tournaments this season but has yet to make a cut.
She was within four shots of the cut at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open after shooting 3-over 149 in the first two rounds. She was 1 under after 36 holes in Phoenix, but was one of eight players to miss the cut by a single stroke.
Welch, a Sacramento, Calif., native, had 29 top-10 finishes and earned All-Pac 10 honors during her WSU career from 2002-05. She won Golf Channel’s Big Break Ka’anapali in 2008.
• Gonzaga sophomore Alice Kim earned a sponsorship exemption into the LPGA’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., a few weeks ago by taking medalist honors at the UC Irvine Invitational earlier this spring. Kim missed the cut, but still made GU history.
“She became the first Gonzaga player to get this opportunity and regardless of what number she shot the experience is something that can only make her better,” Bulldogs coach Brad Rickel said.