Moving On

Coloradan Paige Crawford and former CU golfer Brittany Fan advance to stage II of LPGA Tour Q-school

By Gary Baines – 8/31/2023

Paige Crawford of Colorado Springs and former University of Colorado golfer Brittany Fan both passed the first test at LPGA and Epson Tour Q-school on Thursday, advancing from stage I to stage II in the qualifying process.

Crawford, who swept the female John Shippen tournament titles in 2023 and played in her first three LPGA Tour events this year, finished 43rdout of 305 players in stage I, which concluded Thursday in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

And Fan, runner-up in the 2022 Inspirato Colorado Women’s Open, placed 51st.

By each finishing in the top 95 and ties, Crawford and Fan will move on to stage II, which is set for Oct. 17-20 in Venice, Fla. Then the Q-Series, where the top 45 finishers and ties will earn some LPGA Tour status for 2024, is scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 5 in Mobile, Ala. With their showings this week, the two at least will have some Epson Tour status next year.

In Rancho Mirage, Crawford, the 2013 Big Sky Conference individual champion from Montana State, posted rounds of 71-68-72-74 for a 3-under-par total of 285. She made 16 birdies over four rounds.

Fan carded scores of 71-71-73-71 to end up 2 under, carding a dozen birdies in the process.

Meanwhile, Sabrina Iqbal, an incoming transfer joining the CU program, also is headed for stage II as she tied for 33rd at 5 under par (69-72-71-71).

Amateur Savannah Grewal from Clemson and pro Suzuka Yamaguchi of Japan shared medalist honors on Thursday at 15 under par.

For all the scores from LPGA/Epson Q-school stage I, CLICK HERE.

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for since 2009. He was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2022. He owns and operates