Blumenherst wins her card

Duke star Amanda Blumenherst easily passed her first big test as

a pro on Monday when she closed with a 4-under 68 to be medalist at

LPGA Tour qualifying, one of 20 players to earn cards for next

year.

Blumenherst was a three-time NCAA player of the year who won 12

times at Duke. Playing on the Champions Course at LPGA

International for the final round, she played without a bogey and

finished the 90-hole event at 9-under 351.

“It’s kind of a one-shot deal for the whole year,” said

Blumenherst, the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion in 2008. “I was

confident in my game, but still, you never know what can happen. I

just stayed in the fairway and got onto the greens and my putts

were close. It was a winning combination.”

Katie Kempter had a 68 and tied for second with Marianne

Skarpnord of Norway, who had a 71.

The final card was decided in a playoff between Il Hee Lee of

South Korea and Christi Cano, determined by an aggregate score over

three holes. They each made par on the first two holes, and Lee

earned the card with a birdie on the 18th.

Among those earning a card was Julieta Granada, who won a $1

million prize as a rookie in the ADT Championship.