Pro Bashes LPGA Q-School Conditions As “Borderline Dangerous”

An aspiring LPGA Tour pro had some harsh criticism for the largest professional golf tour in the women’s game earlier this week.

Hannah Gregg, a former Division I golfer at the University of Nevada, recently turned pro and competed in the first stage of the LPGA Tour’s Qualifying School in Palm Desert, California where she claimed the over 300 players practiced and played in “borderline dangerous” conditions.

Gregg claimed that bathrooms were locked during practice rounds,water coolers on the course were empty during the tournament and mixed with 105° heat created a dangerous situation for all players.

“I don’t wanna be a ‘Negative Nancy,’ but I raised $3,000 and spent about $2,000 of my own money to go to Q-School,” Gregg wrote. “The LPGA couldn’t be bothered to supply water/fill up coolers on the course, not to mention bathrooms were locked during practice rounds and the heat was over 105 every day of the tournament.

“It was borderline dangerous to leave girls without full water coolers on the range and on the course in that type of heat. There were many other issues, but I feel like that’s the minimum that should be provided in such a situation. 

“And while I’m so grateful that I got to go (even though I didn’t play the way I wanted to), it just seems like a top tour like the LPGA should take care of the girls that came out from 43 countries and paid $2500-plus just to compete on this stage.”

The qualifying tournament was played over three courses — Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah and Palmer Courses) in Rancho Mirage and Shadow Ridge Golf Club, in Palm Desert — and Gregg said that two of the three had no water provided at all

Gregg did not qualify through to the second stage. She shot rounds of 78-83-78 to miss the 54-hole cut.