Hagerstown's Ashley Grier took the first of many steps she hopes will lead her to the pinnacle of women's golf by competing in the Futures Tour Q-School in Lakeland, Fla., from Tuesday through Friday.
Grier, 22, was one of 296 players who began the rugged 72-hole attempt at gaining exempt status on the Futures Tour, one of the major stepping stones to the LPGA Tour. Grier survived the test and finished in a tie for 60th place, good for a playing card for the Futures Tour. She posted a four-round total of 301, 13 over par.
"Some of the players will also be trying the LPGA Q-School in December, so that will make a difference on the level that I am exempt," said Grier, noting that exemptions for those who made the cut to the final day will range between full and partial.
The University of Central Florida graduate wasn't looking at a promising tournament. She was mired in 110th place after shooting 13-over 155 the first two days.