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FUTURES TOUR

WHAT IS IT? A national professional tour and the LPGA's developmental circuit. The top three players on the Futures Tour money list after the Aug. 16-18 Classic (who have played at least six Futures events) receive exempt status on the LPGA Tour for the following year. The next seven players receive direct entry to the LPGA's final Qualifying Tournament.

FUTURES ALUMS: More than 180 are on the LPGA tour, including Karrie Webb, Laura Diaz, Tammie Green, Rosie Jones, Kelli Kuehne, Meg Mallon, Michelle McGann, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, and Laura Davies.

FLORIDA FUTURES TOUR CHALLENGE

WHEN: Today, Friday and Sunday.

WHERE: The Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland.

LOCAL INTEREST: Hernando alum Kelly Lagedrost will play in her first professional tournament.

PAR/FORMAT: 72/ 54 holes.

PURSE: $60,000 (Winner _ $8,400. Runner-up _ $6,000).

SOURCE: www.futurestour.com

_ BRANT JAMES

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