Stephanie Kyriacou in action during the final round – image LET

Sydney’s Stephanie Kyriacou heads to her debut as an LPGA Tour cardholder off the back of a 6th place at the Saudi Ladies International and, although her weekend rounds of 72 and 72 were perhaps disappointing in attempting to improve on her halfway position, it was an encouraging warm-up for what lies ahead.

Kyriacou, who leaves the Ladies European Tour as a two-time winner, is entered in this coming week’s JTBC Classic in Carlsbad in California, having earned the right to play the LPGA Tour by finishing 16th at last year’s Q School.

Still only 21, Kyriacou is expected to make quite an impact on the LPGA Tour where she joins fellow Australians Minjee Lee, Hannah Green, Su Oh, Sarah Kemp, Sarah Jane Smith, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Kemp and fellow rookie Karis Davidson.

Smith and Davidson are at this stage on the reserve bench for this coming week’s event.

Kyriacou began today’s final round in Saudi Arabia well enough placed an improved her position in the windy conditions by reaching the turn at 1 under although two early bogeys in her closing nine cost her a significantly higher finish.

Kyriacou played two events in Australia in 2022 before Saudi Arabia and will arrive in the US with her game having built momentum as a result of her solid effort at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

She earns US$25,000 for finishing tied for 6th and eight shots behind the runaway winner, Georgia Hall.