Former Nebraska women's golfer Madeleine Sheils earned partial LPGA playing status in the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday.
Sheils, who was a four-year letterwinner for Coach Robin Krapfl and the Huskers from 2009 through 2012, carded a one-under-par 71 on Sunday at LPGA International. The final round gave Sheils a five-round total of three-under-par 357 to give her a 21st-place finish, just one stroke shy of providing her with full-time status on the 2017 LPGA Tour. Sheils earned category 17 status (considered partial), but her qualification near the top of partial list is sure to earn her many starts on the LPGA Tour this season.
"Oh my god, this means everything," Sheils said after the round. "I'm so excited. It has been four years waiting for this moment. I did it. I dreamed of this and it is going to happen. I can't even process it quite yet."
The native of Boise, Idaho, was a four-time WGCA Scholastic All-American and was Nebraska's first All-Big Ten Conference golfer in 2012. She was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Since graduating from Nebraska, Sheils has played on the Symetra Tour. She has made previous appearances on the LPGA Tour through individual qualifications from the Symetra Tour.