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Artis and Choi start slowly at LPGA Final Qualifying

Rebecca Artis will need to survive Q-School to retain her LPGA Tour card. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Final qualifying for the 2019 LPGA Tour is underway in Pinehurst in North Carolina where two Australians are attempting to gain or, in the case of one, regain LPGA Tour status.

Rebecca Artis and Robyn Choi are chasing one of the 45 LPGA Tour cards for the 2019 season. 

Artis - at 121st in the Race to the CME Globe standings - failed to qualify for the season-ending events in her first LPGA Tour season after initially qualifying for the circuit in late 2017. 

While Queenslander Choi, who is still an amateur, has done well to graduate to this final stage now known as the LPGA Q-Series.

Choi is currently studying and playing golf at the University of Colorado and advanced to the LPGA Q-Series after finishing 21st at Stage II.

The Gold Coaster has also qualified for two US Women’s Opens, so is well experienced in attempting to qualify for significant milestones.   

Artis - a 2-time Ladies European Tour winner - played 20 events in her rookie season in the US having finally made it to the LPGA Tour in her fifth attempt.

Gold Coast native & University of Colorado golfer Robyn Choi pictured during the 2016 Australian Interstate Series.

It has been a tough initiation for the 29-year-old from Coonabarabran having missed 13 cuts with a best finish of 27th.

The qualifying process changed this year with the Q-Series being introduced and played over two consecutive weeks at two venues in a town which bears so much of US golfing heritage: Pinehurst.

Pinehurst No. 6 and Pinehurst No. 7 are the two venues involved, beginning this week with 72 holes at No. 6 and followed by another 72 holes at No. 7 next week.

The 92 players who have made it thus far will play 144 holes but both Artis and Choi have started slowly, Artis in 53rd position after her opening round of 76 and Choi 91st following her round of 79 on day one.

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