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Mays Landing's Joanna Coe falls a stroke short of ShopRite LPGA Classic qualifier playoff

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Kasey Frazier has played the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club plenty of times before.

But the Galloway Township resident never saw it as tough as it was Monday.

The Absegami High School graduate and freshman at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia shot a 9-over par 80 in the qualifying round for the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic.

"It was a lot of fun playing with people of this caliber," Frazier said. "I'm definitely going to try to qualify next year. After this, playing in college is going to seem a lot easier."

Local professional Joanna Coe of Mays Landing shot a 2-over-par 73 and missed by a stroke qualifying for a playoff to determine the final spot in the Classic.

LPGA veterans Birdie Kim and Dina Ammaccapane earned the two spots available in Monday's qualifier.

Twenty-eight golfers teed it up in Monday's qualifier. The Bay Course is souped up for the tournament.

"It's like a complete different course," Frazier said. "In high school, we play (the Bay Course) in early spring. It's winter conditions - slow greens. On these greens, you just have to tap it and it just goes."

Frazier, 19, earned a chance to play Monday by finishing second in a pre-qualifier for amateurs on Sunday. She shot an 87 in that event.

Frazier said she played much better Monday than Sunday.

"It was hard," Frazier said. "I've never played a course in these conditions. I should be used to the wind being from here. But it was hard. Those greens were rough."

Frazier said she had some bad luck on some holes and sometime lost concentration.

"But overall, I think I played well," she said. "I'm happy."

The Classic qualifier completed a busy stretch for Frazier.

She won an NCAA Super Regional championship on May 7 and then finished tied for 23rd at the NCAA Division II national championships on May 18.

"It's been a lot, a lot of golf," she said. "I'm just going to take the summer and practice and play in a couple of tournaments."

Coe also came away enthusiastic about her round.

"I can't complain," she said. "It was super windy out there. I played great and that's all I can do."

Coe, a 2007 Oakcrest graduate, won the Classic's 2010 qualifier.

She played in the Classic that year and in 2011 on a sponsor's exemption. She missed the cut both years. Coe, 23, now is in her second year on the Symetra Tour, an LPGA developmental circuit.

But one of the best parts about the day for Coe was seeing Frazier play. The two share the same coach - Bruce Chelucci. Coe and Frazier shared congratulatory messages on Twitter on Monday night.

"She did all the right things," Coe said, "and she's come a long way."

Frazier plans to attend the Classic when the tournament starts Friday.

She's watched the event since she was a young girl, but this year she will have a new perspective when she watches the best women players in the world.

"It's going to be different, knowing I played the same conditions as them," she said.

Contact Michael McGarry:

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MMcGarry@pressofac.com

 

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