Roth advances to stage two of Q-school
Former Laker and Bison golfer Natalie Roth finished in a tie for 55th place after four rounds of the first stage of the LPGA/Symetra Tour Qualifying School tournament at Mission Hills Resort on the Dinah Shore Course in Rancho Mirage, California Sunday, Aug. 28.
Roth shot a four-round score of 3-over-par, 291 opening with a one-under round on day one, even par in the third round and rounds of 2-over on the second and final day.
“I feel like my game is the best it's been so far,” said Roth. “I came down with a lot of confidence and had a really great summer up in Minnesota practicing. I was hoping to see the consistency that went on, very pleased.”
Roth is currently still in California enjoying the weekend’s performance and getting ready for the next push after a thrilling four days of play.
“I am so pumped, when I finished my round I didn’t know where the cut line was at and my mom came down with me, so it was really nice having her be here for me,” said Roth. “I looked at her and said please, give me a thumbs up or down, I need to know! She gave me a thumbs up and it was a really cool feeling.”
Roth was the 18th best amateur finisher at the tournament and credits playing at home this summer with sending her to Q-school prepared.
“That’s a huge part of the reason why I stayed amateur because Minnesota has some of the best amateur golf,” she said. “It’s incredibly competitive and allows for more options and tournaments to play in. I felt like I went in decently prepared because of Minnesota golf.”
Roth felt inclined for a successful outcome, but dealing with the stress-level of banking one’s future on four rounds of golf created plenty of anxiety.
“This was, by far, the most intense couple weeks of my life,” she said. “There’s nothing for sure in golf. Golf is a very silly game that can change in a couple swings or thought patterns so I definitely did not take anything for granted. Every tournament is a big deal, but when my future plans can go one way or a complete opposite direction in a couple days, it’s a lot of pressure to deal with and try and keep my mental state as relaxed as possible - it was the biggest challenge, I’m not going to lie. It was very stressful.”
A total of 101 players ended at 6-over par or better to advance to Stage II, which will be played at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida Oct. 13-18. The full field for Stage II will include players from the Symetra tour.
The Florida tournament is where the advancing field is cut to approximately the top 15-25 players and ties moving on to the Q-Series Oct. 22 - Nov. 3 at Pinehurst Resort, in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
A minimum of the top-45 players and ties will receive LPGA membership for 2019 from the third and final stage.
“The depth of this field is insanely good,” Roth said.
Roth will be spending a lot of time with her coach Brent Snyder, PGA member and director of instruction at Troy Burne Golf Club the next few weeks while returning to work and practice at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.