Published On: Fri, Dec 8th, 2017

Hurricane doesn’t stop Maria Torres from reaching her LPGA dream

Maria Torres sounded like she had just won the lottery. "I'm speechless," the 22-year-old said. "I can't believe this is real." Instead of being handed a giant check, though, Torres earned something much more valuable this past week at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida: a full tour card next season. The final qualifier took place over the course of five days, and the top 20 finishers in the field of 165 players earned full cards. Torres, an amateur, clinched the final spot by winning a three-hole, aggregate stroke-play playoff. But for Torres, a recent graduate of the University of Florida, earning her tour card meant something slightly different. As the first player

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