17-year-old Charley Hull has decided to pass on the second stage of LPGA Q-school second stage Oct. 8-11 in Venice, Florida. Instead, the English golfer plans to seek a different route to securing LPGA playing privileges through sponsor invites and other qualifying avenues, according to GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell:
“We applied for (Q-School) pre-Solheim Cup, never thinking the [sponsor] invitation route would get her enough starts,” Joe McQuade, Hull’s manager, wrote in an email to GolfChannel.com. “Post-Solheim, we sat down and had a good think about things and decided that as Charley is so young, she wouldn’t want to be in the States and away from home for her entire schedule, and that her exposure through the Solheim will hopefully have given her sufficient publicity to attract the maximum six invitations. These, together with competitions such as the U.S. Open, etc., that she can qualify for, will give her a nice balance between USA and European events. Whilst I know Charley is drawn to the States, she still wants to give support to the European (t)our, which is where her professional career began.”
Hull could get into 10 or more LPGA events in 2014. I also suspect she wants to stay closer to home since she’s so young.
As you may recall, Hull stole our hearts at the Solheim Cup last month, particularly after she smashed Paula Creamer 5&4 in Sunday Singles and then famously asked for her autograph.