Jessica Schneider '04 "One Step Closer" to Professional Golf Career
November 10, 2004November 10, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "Jessica Schneider is one step closer to her dream of becoming a women's professional golfer," begins an article in suburban Chicago's Daily Herald about the 2004 DePauw graduate. "Schneider, a former standout at Larkin and at DePauw University, recently participated in the LPGA Futures Tour qualifying tournament in Lakeland, Florida. The Futures Tour is the stepping stone to the LPGA professional tour."
The story by Mike Miazga continues, "The event featured four rounds of golf. Schneider shot 76, 76 and 79 over the first 3 days, but missed advancing to the final day by a slim 4 strokes. She easily beat the qualifying cut in her first two rounds. As a result, Schneider will be eligible to play on the 2005 Futures Tour which starts in March. Overall, Schneider finished in a tie for 132nd place."
Schneider tells the newspaper, "My ultimate goal was to make it to the fourth day. I'm a little disappointed, but I can't be too disappointed because I'll still have status on the Futures Tour... "It was a fun experience," said Schneider. "I've never played in a tournament this big before. It was kind of nerve racking, but it was nice to play well in a big tournament."
Miazga notes, "Schneider plans on practicing until the weather finally turns sour at which time she says Florida may be in the cards in January to get in plenty of preparation for the tour. Schneider, who graduated from DePauw with a degree in communications, plans on being a substitute teacher in the interim... Schneider was also honored Sunday night at the 25th annual Elgin Sports Hall of Fame awards ceremony. She was presented with a 2004 achievement award. Schneider finished tied for 23rd at the 2004 NCAA Division III national championships and tied for 15th at the 2003 nationals. In her last two years at DePauw, Schneider won 8 tournaments. She was a two-time first-team all-American and was the top-ranked women's golfer in Division III her senior season."
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