Gabby Barker (Shoshone/Paiute) to Tee Off in the Second Stage of LPGA Qualifying School on Thursday

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior golfer Gabby Barker will begin the second stage of LPGA qualifying school Thursday with the first of 72 holes at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.

Barker is one of 190 players in the field this weekend who are looking to advance to the third and final stage of qualifying, which will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. The field will play 18 holes each day leading up to Sunday’s final round.

Gabby will need to finish among the top 80 players (includes ties) to advance to the third stage of qualifying where the top finishers will receive LPGA memberships. Regardless of the outcome, Barker will earn Symetra Tour status by completing all four rounds this weekend.

Barker previously advanced past the first state of qualifying in late August when she tied for 48th place over four rounds at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Barker, who is playing as an amateur, finished 1-under-par for the tournament thanks in part to shooting a combined 5-under over the final 36 holes.

This is the first attempt at LPGA qualifying for Barker, who will miss Tech’s next tournament at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational. That tournament begins this Sunday at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio.

Tournament results and tee times can be found at the LPGA’s website at www.LPGA.com. For updates on the Texas Tech women’s golf program, follow @TexasTechWGolf on Twitter or TexasTechWGolf on Instagram.

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