Pro golf tour returns to Concord this week
By GAVIN FARETRA
When Meaghan Francella double-bogeyed the treacherous par-5, 16th hole at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in last year's Duramed Futures Tour event, the Port Chester, N.Y., native was distraught.
She had just thrown away a great chance to win the event - eventually tying for second - and with only four tournaments to play, was unsure whether or not she'd get one of the five coveted exemptions to play on the LPGA Tour in 2007.
Although angry, Francella remained undeterred and went on to finish in no worse than 16th place over the final four events, earning her tour card for the current LPGA season.
The Duramed Futures Tour - the LPGA's Developmental Tour - makes its fourth consecutive stop in the Capital Area and third straight at Beaver Meadow for this year's USI Championship....
...Francella, however, may be the most accomplished of last year's graduates. Currently 18th on the money list, Francella earned her first LPGA win in March in a four-hole playoff against the face of the LPGA Tour, Annika Sorenstam. ...