Early ending

Locals Becca Huffer, Esther Lee and Robyn Choi fail to advance to final week of LPGA Q-Series

By Gary Baines – 12/5/2021

Becca Huffer of Monument (2019) and former University of Colorado golfers Esther Lee (2020 and ’21) and Robyn Choi (2019) have all held LPGA Tour cards, but none will return to the top women’s circuit in the world in 2022.

Though the LPGA Q-Series, where at least the top 45 finishers will earn LPGA Tour playing privileges, will go on for another week, it ended on Sunday for Huffer, Lee and Choi. Players needed to be in the top 70 and ties after four rounds in Alabama to advance to the final four, but all three of the golfers with strong Colorado ties missed the mark and will have Symetra Tour status in 2022.

Lee had a solid final three rounds in Mobile (72-69-71), but couldn’t rebound enough from a first-day 77. With a 1-over-par 287 total or better needed to advance to week 2, Lee checked in at 3-over 289 after playing her final five holes in 2 under par on Sunday. She ended up in 81st place.

Choi closed with a 70 to finish in 93rd place at 292. She birdied her final hole on Sunday after making 17 straight pars.

Huffer, a two-time CoBank Colorado Women’s Open champion, couldn’t get back on track after an opening-round 69. She went 78-75-74 over the last three days to post a 296 total, good for 104th place out of the 110-player field.

One player who did make it to the last week of the Q-Series was Savannah Vilaubi, the 2021 Colorado Women’s Open winner. She made the cut on the number despite playing her last five holes in 3 over par. A final-round 70 left her at 287.

The final four rounds of the Q-Series will take place Dec. 9-12 in Dothan, Ala.

Here are the scores for all the players with strong Colorado connections:

Failed to Make 72-Hole Cut

81. Former CU golfer Esther Lee 77-72-69-71–289

93. Former CU golfer Robyn Choi 77-74-71-70–292

104. Becca Huffer of Monument 69-78-75-74–296

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