LPGA denies teen’s request to play more

The LPGA Tour has denied the request of 15-year-old Alexis
Thompson to double the amount of exemptions she is allowed. But
under a change in open qualifying, the teenager can earn her way
into tournaments.

Thompson has asked for a limited membership that would allow her
to take as many as 12 sponsor exemptions instead of six.

In denying the request, LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said
she would be able to pursue additional playing opportunities by
trying to qualify on Monday. Until this year, only LPGA Tour
members were allowed to Monday qualify.

Thompson, who turns 16 next month, earned the equivalent of 34th
on the LPGA money list last year. Her best finish was second place
at the Evian Masters.