Stephanie Kono Earns LPGA Tour Card

Dec. 4, 2011

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UCLA senior Stephanie Kono is no longer an amateur golfer.

By finishing in a tie for ninth at the Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, Kono earned full status on the Ladies Professional Golf Assn. Tour for 2012.

Kono posted a final round score of 75 (+3) and finished the 90-hole marathon known as Q-School with a five-round total of 363 (+3), 13 shots behind the winner, Junthima Gulyanamitta.

"I want to thank UCLA and my coaches for giving me the opportunity to be a student-athlete at UCLA," Kono said. "This is a bittersweet moment as I accept my LPGA card and end my career as a member of the women's golf team, but the LPGA is where I've always wanted to be and this is an opportunity that I cannot pass up. I will always cherish my memories as a Bruin and I am very grateful for my teammates and coaches, who were extremely supportive throughout my time at UCLA."

Kono, 22, will join several former Bruins and ex-teammates already competing on the pro circuit, among them Jane Park, Tiffany Joh, Ryann O'Toole and Sydnee Michaels, who played for the Bruins during Kono's first two seasons on the team.

The three-time, first-team All-American leaves UCLA after an outstanding career in which she won four tournaments and recorded 46 career rounds under par. Also an excellent student, Kono is scheduled to graduate this Spring after making the Director's Honor Roll six times and twice being named to the All-Pac-10 Academic Team.

Former UCLA All-Americans Maria Jose Uribe and Hannah Jun tied for 34th and 51st, respectively. Uribe received LPGA membership for 2012.

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Friday, Apr 01
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
1st (-2, 286)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Story
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
2nd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 08
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
1st (-12, 852)
Monday, Apr 18
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 20
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
2nd (-15, 849)
Thursday, May 05
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Friday, May 06
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Saturday, May 07
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
3rd (+1, 865)
Friday, May 20
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Saturday, May 21
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Sunday, May 22
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Monday, May 23
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
1st (-8, 1,144)
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Oregon
Eugene, OR
Won 4-0-1
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Washington
Eugene, OR
Lost 3-1-1
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