By: Derryl Trujillo
Valley News Contributing Writer
It was April 2018 when Murrieta’s Sydnee Michaels (Linfield Christian/UCLA) last made a cut in an LPGA Tour event, recording a T58 finish at the MEDIHEAL Championship and earning $3,680 in prize money. She made eight more starts that season without making a check then stepped away from the tour with back problems. Her lifetime earnings allowed her to keep lifetime veteran status should she decide to make a return to competition.
In the interim period she had back surgery, a daughter (Isla), started her own fashion line (Isla Sport) and foundation, along with teaching locally at Murrieta’s Golf Club of Rancho California.
After three years away she made her return to competition at a tour stop in Texas missing the cut by one despite not having a chance to play a practice round with rounds of 75-69=144 (+2). With two more missed cuts (one in an individual event and one in a team setting) she made the trip to Ireland and this week’s ISPS Handa World Invitational Presented by Modest! Golf Management. This is one of two events where men and women play the same courses for equal purse money, promoted by former “One Direction” member Niall Horan.
Michaels shot rounds of 73 and 69 to make the tournament’s first cut after two rounds then posted a third round 70 and survived a second cut. In Sunday’s final round she made four birdies and a bogey to go out in -3 (34) and reach -9 for the event. After a bogey at the par three 12th hole, she made four birdies in six holes, including three straight to finish, and shoot -6 (67). Sydney finished at -12 for the week (T5), four shots out of a playoff and earned $49,200. It puts her 121st in money.
Next up is the Women’s Scottish Open, also co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, from Aug. 12-15. Since Michaels is using the Lifetime Veteran category for starts, it is not yet known whether she’ll make that event’s field or not.
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