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Female golfer qualifies for men’s Canadian Tour


While most of the golf world had its eyes fixed squarely on the battle for No. 1 brewing in Europe, a relative unknown by the name of Isabelle Beisiegel was making golf history on the men's Canadian Tour.

No, Beisiegel didn't win a golf tournament this week. But she did do something noteworthy, earning one of the final two non-exempt spots at the Canadian Tour's Spring Qualifying School. That, of course, means she'll be playing with the guys later this year because she became the first female in golf history to earn a playing card on a men's professional golf tour.

Beisiegel, who played on the LPGA but never saw her career get off the ground, isn't new to the men's qualifying scene. This was her third attempt at trying to get her card on the Canadian Tour; she also tried to qualify for the PGA Tour in 2004 and U.S. Open.

Michelle Wie, Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam are three of the notable players to try their hand at playing against the guys, but none of them ever tried to pursue a playing card on the European or PGA tours.

While the Canadian Tour certainly isn't the most competitive in the world, it's definitely an accomplishment that will raise some eyebrows. With non-exempt status, Beisiegel won't get all the opportunities of a qualifier earning exempt status; but the fact that she earned the right to play against the guys is pretty impressive.

Who knows exactly how she'll fare against some of Canada's up-and-coming players, but no matter how she does, chances are we'll all be keeping an eye on her finishes this summer.

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