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Agnew poised for LPGA debut

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Jonesboro native Lacey Agnew qualified in her first try to make the 2012 LPGA Tour, which is something she dreamed about as a youngster.

Special Photo Jonesboro native Lacey Agnew qualified in her first try to make the 2012 LPGA Tour, which is something she dreamed about as a youngster.

Wes Agnew always believed there was a good chance that his daughter, Lacey, would make it in a pro sport.

From the time she was able to walk, the elder Agnew had Lacey involved in some sort of sport. She mostly played against the boys until she reached an age where there were competitive girls’ teams.

Lacey has taken a huge step in realizing her goal of a professional career. The 24-year-old Jonesboro native received her 2012 LPGA status after finishing 21st at stage three of Q-school in Florida.

With her LPGA card, Agnew is eligible to play in nine events this coming season.

“I’m very excited about this,” said Agnew, who graduated from Florida State in 2010. “This is something that I’ve dreamed about since I first got into playing golf.”

She finished the first day in 88th place and over the next four days moved to finish in a tie for 21st place. Agnew had competed in stage two of qualifying in October, tying for 55th place among a field of 240.

“It was truly and marathon and not a sprint,” she said. “I feel good with my finish after playing against some of the best players in the world. I look forward to the opportunity to play at the highest level. I always knew I had the ability. It was a matter of putting it all together. It is great to see your hard work paying off.”

Aside from practicing to get ready for her first season on the tour, Agnew is also putting her sport management degree to work to handle the business side of a pro career. She is in the process of selecting an agent and securing possible sponsorships to offset the cost of playing on the pro tour.

“I really want to do my best in my rookie season,” Agnew said. “I’m so blessed to be in this position. It was great qualifying for the tour in my first try.”

She is hoping to finish high enough on the money list to retain her tour card.

“I don’t think there will be too much pressure,” Agnew said.

Sports have always come naturally to the former Woodward Academy standout, especially golf. In addition to starring on the College Park private school’s golf team, she earned letters in basketball (four) and one each in volleyball and softball.

But it was golf where she made her mark in high school, leading Woodward to three consecutive Class AAAA championships as a sophomore, junior and senior. As a senior in 2006, she birdied the 18th hole on the final day to help the War Eagles earn a two-stroke win for the state championship.

She went on to star at Florida State, tying the all-time low record at FSU with a 65 in one round.

Now, her sights are set on a productive professional career.

“Growing up playing sports, I knew I wanted to do it professionally,” Agnew said. “I’m happy with this opportunity.”