8-Round Grind Concludes

Former CU golfer Jenny Coleman will return to LPGA Tour in 2023, but has to settle for conditional status after placing 34th in Q-Series

By Gary Baines – 12/11/2022

Jenny Coleman will be an LPGA Tour player for the fourth straight year — and fifth overall — in 2023, but in all likelihood she will have to make do with making periodic starts rather than being a full-timer.

The former University of Colorado golfer finished 34th on Sunday in the eight-round grind that is the LPGA Q-Series. But a final-round 4-over-par 76 in Dothan, Ala., dropped her out of the top 20 — which would have given her more preferable status, and likely quite a few more LPGA starts in 2023.

As it is, Coleman finished in a similar position as she did in Q-school six years ago, which led to her playing in 10 LPGA events in 2017 as a rookie on that circuit. Of course, if she fares well in the tournaments in which she does get in, that will go a long way toward getting her in more LPGA events next year.

Jenny Coleman is set for her sixth season on the LPGA Tour, but will have to make do with conditional status in 2023.

Coleman has averaged two-dozen LPGA tournaments a year in the last two years in which the tour played a full schedule — thus not counting 2020 — but she lost fully-exempt status this year when she finished 121st on the CME points list. That position — along with a 21st-45th showing at the Q-Series — leaves her in LPGA priority category 15 for 2023. Coleman was in the top category going into 2022 after placing in the top 65 on the 2021 CME points list.

In the Q-Series, where the top 20 and ties earned category 14 status, Coleman posted scores of 75-68-70-63-72-67-70-76 for a 13-under-par total. Seventeen under for eight rounds was needed to finish in the top 20.

After not shooting over 72 in the six previous rounds at the Q-Series, Coleman carded one birdie and five bogeys on Sunday. 

Coleman has played in 72 LPGA events in her career, earning $381,882 and posting three top-10 finishes.

Meanwhile, another former CU golfer who has had her LPGA card in the past failed to earn her 2023 LPGA Tour status, which leaves her with an Epson Tour card — as in recent years. Robyn Choi was in the top 45 going into Sunday, but closed with a 75 to place 55th at 8-under-par. That missed the top 45 by three strokes.

Here are the scores of all the players with strong Colorado ties who competed in the LPGA Q-Series in Alabama:

Earned Conditional LPGA Status for 2023

34. Former CU golfer Jenny Coleman 75-68-70-63-72-67-70-76—561

Failed to Qualify for LPGA Tour for 2023

55. Former CU golfer Robyn Choi 72-69-69-71-73-66-71-75—566

Missed 72-Hole Cut

Becca Huffer, Monument 74-71-72-69—286 

For all the scores form the LPGA Q-Series, CLICK HERE.