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.