Former FGCU Golfer Sara Detlefsen makes LGPA Debut
FGCU alumna women’s golfer Sara Detlefsen made history by becoming the first Eagle to ever compete in an LGPA event at the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
“When Sara first came to FGCU, she expressed her dream of playing on the LPGA Tour, and to see all her hard work and commitment come to fruition is just awesome,” said FGCU head coach Sarah Trew. “I know she’s going to gain some invaluable experience this week that will only add to her confidence. I know everyone in the Eagle family is wishing her well this weekend.”
Detlefsen, who shot a 71, was joined by former Kent State golfer Jennifer Ha after shooting a 70 at Mondayat near the Sylvania Country Club.
As if debuting her LGPA career wasn’t nerve- racking enough, Detlefsen had to compete alongside some of the worlds’ top golfers. Worlds’ No. 1 Lydia Ko and U.S. Women’s Open Champion Brittany Lang were some of the few in the field.
Named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar for the fourth-straight year, Detlefsen had a 78.30 stroke average in her final season with the Eagles in 2015-16. As a junior, Detlefsen finished ninth overall at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.
Along with performing at high levels on the green, Detlefsen also performed well in the classroom. She held a 4.0 GPA in graduate coursework after finishing an accelerated undergraduate degree in political science with a 3.93 GPA. Detlefsen also recently completed her Masters of Public Administration, while also holding the title of A-Sun All-Academic Team.
Not only was Detlefsen the first FGCU female golfer to compete in an LPGA event, she will only be the second, male or female, golfer ever to compete in one of these events. Derek Lamely, a 2003 graduate, won the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open in 2010 and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in 2009 in a playoff over now World No. 7 Rickie Fowler.
In the prelimnary round, Detlesen failed to qualify for the event.