MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — With four tournaments left in the current Symetra Tour season, Dottie Ardina has all but locked a berth in next year’s LPGA Tour, finally fulfilling a lifelong dream of gaining full membership on the world’s premier ladies golf circuit.
The Filipina ace has actually played in the LPGA but via conditional status. But with a sterling campaign on the LPGA’s farm league in the season about to end, Ardina can now look forward to a busy season on the lucrative circuit where the best of the best play.
With four runner-up finishes, Ardina has lorded it over the Symetra field majority of the year, her $74,616 earnings putting her way ahead of second running Linnea Strom, who has $59,939 in winnings heading to the last four tournaments.
So focused is Ardina on finishing on top of the heap that she opted to skip the Evian Championship, the LPGA’s last major championship, in France to play on Symetra’s Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout in Arizona held simultaneously this week.