Shasta Averyhardt, a Flint, Michigan native has become the first African American to make it through the LPGA’s Q-School—albeit as a provisional member.
Averyhardt was in eighth place heading into the final round, but fell to 22nd after she bogeyed three of the four par 5s and also doubled the par-3 third.
Her finish makes her 28th on the exempt list for Q School.
She played on the Futures Tour last year. While she is the first to make it through Q-School, three other African American women have held cards in the LPGA. They are LaRee Sugg, Renee Powell and Althea Gibson. Gibson, also a tennis great, played in 171 tournaments between 1963 and 1971. Renee Powell played from 1967 – 1980. LaRee Sugg played in 1995-1996; and 2000-2001.