In 2016 and 2015, Artis (nee Flood) missed the 72-hole cut. In 2014 and 2013, she made it through all five rounds but finished over par and didn’t receive any status on Tour.
At the age of 29, Artis could have been forgiven for wondering if it was ever going to happen but today she completed the 90 holes of qualifying in 4th position and secures full status for the LPGA Tour in 2018 after playing the first eight years of her professional career on the Ladies European Tour.
The Coonabarabran-born and raised but now Gold Coast-based golfer has won twice on the Ladies European Tour, one of those coming against a strong field at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Troon in 2015 when she defeated Suzann Pettersen by two and Lydia Ko by five.
A final round of 71 today sealed her 4th place Q-school finish and she will no doubt get the opportunity to play early season events such as the ISPS Handa Australian Open as an LPGA Tour cardholder.
“The preparation has been pretty good this year and I think I’ve been a little bit better mentally out here this year," Artis told LPGA.com earlier in the week.
“I’ve just stayed very patient, just tried to hit the golf shots I wanted to hit and if I don’t pull it off, I walk up and I hit the next one. So it’s all about keeping the head in a pretty good space.”
“Everyone says it’s harder to get through Q-school. Once you get out there, you’ll be fine,” Rebecca said. “I feel like I’m good enough to be out there.”
The result is a credit to not only Artis but those around her including husband and caddie, Geoff, who she married in 2012 and her long time coach, Gary Edwin, on the Gold Coast.
Artis joins fellow Australians Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Karrie Webb, Sarah Jane Smith, Su Oh and fellow rookie Hannah Green on the LPGA Tour next season and, despite being older than many in her rookie season, the experience she has built in her time in Europe might just prove crucial in her progress at this higher level.
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