Casey Danielson came away from the grueling LPGA Tour Q-Series without status on the LPGA Tour in 2020, but that doesn't mean the Osceola native came away from the 144-hole, two-week grind empty-handed.
Unable to bounce back from a seventh-round 81 that included a 44 on her final nine holes, Danielson shot her third 72 of the eight-round odyssey and finished at 12-over-par 584. That was 33 strokes behind winner Muni He and seven strokes shy of a spot inside the top 45, the cutoff for LPGA status.
"Q-School really shows you what parts of your game that need to be improved and for me that was my putting and my mental game," Danielson wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf. "I am looking forward to some time off so I can reset before working hard on my short game and mental approach."
Indeed, there is a fine line in the quest for a promotion to the LPGA Tour and returning to the Symetra Tour for a second full season and Danielson crossed it in the wrong direction Friday when her seventh round went south quickly.
"I didn’t have my best game over the two weeks at Q Series, but I managed to play pretty consistent and post a few decent scores," wrote Danielson, who shot 72-70-73-70 at Pinehurst No. 6 on opening weekend and 74-72-81-72 at Pinehurst No. 9 on the final weekend. "I hung in there and just had one bad 9-hole stretch — my second 9 of the seventh round—that cost me big time."
Danielson, who finished 23rd on the Volvik Race for the Card on the Symetra Tour in 2019, believes last week's setback will be a temporary one for the four-time WIAA Division 2 state champion and former Stanford golfer.
"I feel confident in my ability to compete on the LPGA, but I know that I have aspects of my game that I need to work on this off season so that I am prepared for the big stage when my times comes," Danielson wrote. "I will spend 2020 competing on the Symetra Tour. I am excited for another shot at making it into the Top 10, as well as an opportunity to further develop my game over the course of the season."