Money on Mondays

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Four years ago Angela Jerman won $106,082 on the LPGA Tour.

Fifteen times since then she's been forced to go through Monday-morning qualifying to try get into tournaments. Yesterday was the first time she managed to do it.

Four weeks ago, Jin Young Pak of Korea finished tied for 11th in the Jamie Farr and cashed a cheque for $22,982.

She was out there in a field of 65 playing for four spots into the CN Canadian Women's Open as well.

She didn't make it.

FOUR SPOTS

When only four make it through the qualifying - sometimes just two - the risk-reward isn't exactly balanced.

The four who made it through to this one included Edmonton amateur Jade Polonich who shot a 72 to make it. Which is a pretty good story. But she wasn't the only story on the property yesterday as she was joined by Jerman, Amie Cochran and Jane Park, three American pros who all shot 71s.

Colorado-born Jerman has career earnings of $191,623 and she was up at dawn with the rest of them.

"It's my fifth year on the tour. I was exempt my first three," she said.

"I don't know how many times there have only been two spots into the tournament available at Monday-morning qualifying, but it seems like every time there is, I'm the one finishing third.

"I even lost a playoff once," she said, thrilled she didn't have to go through that yesterday.

"(On Mondays) you're rolling the dice. I've shot 71 numerous times and not managed to get in."

Jerman has managed to get in six tournaments this year, but only made the cut in one, winning $5,629.

That's chump-change compared to the $22,982 Jin Young Pak made in one tournament.

"It's pretty weird," said Pak. "But I have to play. I'm just mad about the way I played today."

Jerman and Park have non-exempt status.

Park, the Californian who won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2004 was doing the Monday morning thing for the third tournament this year.

"It's frustrating.

"But it's all a learning process. It's my first year out as a pro and I'm trying to learn the ropes.

"I have to stay patient and believe in myself."

There was no question about Park coming here. She's made $49,081 this year.

The top 70 in money winnings get exempt cards next year. Right now she's 108th.

Cochrane, also a California golfer, doesn't have non-exempt status. This is her only way in.

"I'm committed," she said.

There are days they think they should be committed - to one of those places with the rubber rooms.

Sophia Sheridan of Guadalajara, Mexico, is another non-exempt player who has been in seven tournaments this year, making the cut only once and finishing tied for 52nd to receive $3,882.

"It's the toughest thing about all of this," said Sheridan. "It's not the same as being an exempt player because it's Monday and there may be no tomorrow.

"My flight was delayed and I had to catch a different plane out of Salt Lake City.

"My clubs were right there beside the plane.

"I could see them. But they didn't get on the plane. They didn't arrive at the hotel until 4 a.m. The first group is off at 8 a.m.

"But this is what you sign up for.

"If you want to play every week on the LPGA Tour, this is what you have to do."

TOUGH FOR WITVOET

Laura Witvoet, the Ponoka pro who played on the tour for four years and in more than 40 tournaments, shot a 78 in trying to get in one last time for old times sake.

"The tour players get tougher and tougher and I keep getting older and older."


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