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Will any of the 2009 Category 9ers be a Violeta Retamoza?

I’ve made no attempts to hide my odd fascination for Violeta Retamoza’s 2008 season. Violeta earned her card by finishing in the top 5 of the 2007 Futures Tour Money list, and had exempt status for the 2008 LPGA season. She performed badly, one of the worst seasons by an exempt player in recent memory. She missed all, but one cut, and in the one cut she did make, at the Longs Drugs, she finished last, 7 strokes behind her nearest competitors, and 34 strokes worse then the winner, In-Kyung Kim.

I thought it might be interesting to see how Violeta’s 2007 stats compared to the top players from 2008, to see if any of them are likely to befall a tough 2009 campaign a la Violeta.

In 2007, Violeta Retamoza won once, finished in the top 10 six times, made 16 out of 17 cuts, and had a scoring average of 72.76.

PLAYER…………EVENTS..WINS..TOP 10..CUTS…..AVG
Vicky Hurst………..13…..4…….9….13…70.28
Mindy Kim………….17…..3……11….17…71.12
Sarah-Jane Kenyon…..10…..1…….6….10…70.97
M.J. Hur…………..17…..1…….8….16…72.16
Jin Young Pak………17…..0…….8….17…71.56

All of these ladies have better stats then Violeta, although M.J. has eerily similiar stats. Both finished 4th on the money list, made 16 out of 17 cuts, and had one win. M.J. did have two more top 10s and a scoring average 1/2 a stroke better though.

IMO, none of these ladies are the likely candidates to befall Violeta’s state. Some other FT alums from 2008 may be a better bet… such as

PLAYER…………EVENTS..WINS..TOP 10..CUTS…..AVG
Chella Choi………..17…..0…….4….16…72.47
Jeehae Lee…………16…..0…….0…..8…74.98

Note that despite Chella Choi’s 17th place finish on the DFT money list, she still had a better stroke average then Violeta.

The best bet out of all the players Category 11 or above to likely have a Retamoza type season (or a Riko Higashio type season if you go back another year) is Jeehae Lee. Jeehae broke 70 more time during the final qualifying school tournament (twice) then she did in her 16 events on the DFT in 2008 (she fired a 69 once).

It’ll be interesting to see just how well the Yale grad will fare next year.

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