Queensland’s Karis Davidson has successfully negotiated her way through Stage Two qualifying for the LPGA Tour’s 2022 season and will now face the Final Stage beginning on November 29th in Mobile in Alabama.

Davidson finished in a share of 25th in Venice in Florida today but safely inside the top 45 and ties who advanced to the Final.

Davidson has been Australia’s sole representative on the Japan Ladies Golf Tour over the last two years but has taken the decision test her luck on the LPGA Tour and having reached the Final Stage of qualifying she should at least have access to the secondary Symetra Tour in 2022.

Born and raised in Scotland until moving to Australia at the age of eight, Davidson has played six events on the Japan LPGA Tour this season, her schedule restricted due to Covid issues.

The Gold Coaster has made the cut in five of those six events with a best of 15th at her last start there in July, although she had, earlier in her JLPGA Tour career, recorded several top tens and in 2018 finished runner-up at the Ladies European Tour’s Vic Open.

After a season in 2020 where she played virtually no events, Davidson has done well to potentially play her way onto the LPGA Tour although there remains work to do.

It was, however, an agonising day for Davidson’s fellow Australasians with Victorian Gabriela Ruffels and Perth’s Hira Naveed missing by one shot on a place inside the top 45 who advanced to the final.

Grace Kim and Julien Soo were another shot back, New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey’s final round of 74 costing her dearly, and Kirsty Hodgkins, Soo Jin Lee, Stephanie Na and Stephanie Bunque further back again.

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