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Annie Park earns LPGA Tour card with victory in Kansas

Annie Park of Levittown holds the trophy she

Annie Park of Levittown holds the trophy she won for her victory at the Downey Classic in Rochester. Credit: Symetra Tour

Annie Park is going to The Show. The golfer from Levittown earned her LPGA Tour card for the 2016 season by winning her third Symetra Tour title yesterday.

Park shot 7-under-par 65 in the final round, overcoming a three-stroke deficit, to win the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic in Mayetta, Kansas. The victory clinched one of the top 10 spots on the developmental tour's money list, earning her automatic qualification on the LPGA circuit, where Kelly Shon of Port Washington plays. Park earned $15,000 for the latest victory, bringing her to $66,125 in nine Symetra starts since leaving the University of Southern California after her junior year.

Her total of three victories in one Symetra Tour season makes Park, 20, eligible for LPGA tournaments immediately, but a Symetra Tour spokesman said the rest of the events in 2015 all are in Asia and they have no openings. So she will continue to attend classes at USC and start as a rookie next year. Park gained widespread attention as a senior at MacArthur High School as she won the Nassau Boys High School Championship at Bethpage Red, then, as a college freshman, won the NCAA women's title.

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