Vicky Hurst, Daniela Darquea Grab Final Two Spots Via Monday Qualifier For Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

Vicky Hurst
Vicky Hurst, who won the Monday qualifier with a 8-under 65. (Photo Credit: Gabe Roux)

Stanford Product Mariah Stackhouse Awarded Sponsor Exemption

January 23, 2018, Paradise Island, Bahamas Vicky Hurst of Melbourne, Fla., in her 10th season on the LPGA Tour, fired an 8-under-par 65 Monday to win one of two qualifying spots in this week’s $1.4 million Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Daniela Darquea of Ecuador won the other spot in the qualifier when she came in with a 67, one stroke ahead of Samantha Troyanovich, Christina Yang and Madeleine Sheils. Kris Tamulis had a 69 on a day of bright sunshine and light winds at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Resort. Darquea, 23, is in her second season on the LPGA.

Also Monday, tournament officials announced that Stanford University product Mariah Stackhouse was granted a sponsor’s exemption into the field of 108 players. A Pure Silk ambassador, Stackhouse, 20, of Riverdale, Ga., also is in her second season. She finished 114th on the LPGA money list a year ago with $81,678. Her best event was the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, where she tied for eighth.

The sixth edition of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic begins Thursday at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Brittany Lincicome is the defending champion after defeating Lexi Thompson on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.

The list of entrants features five of the top 10 players in the world, including No. 1 Shanshan Feng of China and 12 of the top 20 finishers in the season-long Race to the CME Globe competition, including Thompson, who won the CME Globe title.

Hurst, 27, is coming off a disappointing season in which she finished 125th in earnings with $60,471 and didn’t record a top-25 finish. The former Symetra Tour Player of the Year equaled her low round of the year from 2017 by taking advantage of good scoring conditions Monday at the Ocean Club.

“I did a good job today of just staying steady,” said Hurst, who missed the cut last year after shooting 72-81—153. “There are plenty of birdie opportunities on the course without too much wind. I really capitalized on the birdie chances I had and made some great putts.”



Ocean Club Golf Course – Par 73

Vicky Hurst                              65
Daniela Darquea                     67
Madeleine Sheils                    68
Samantha Troyanovich         68
Christina Yang                        68
Kris Tamulis                            69
Maria Parra                             70
Lauren Kim                             70
Lindsay Gahm                         71
Annie Park                               71
Nannette Hill                          72
Holly Clyburn                         72
Brittany Marchand                72

In other news, members of the media are reminded that they are invited to attend a press conference at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday at the media center, where tournament officials will provide an update on the event.

For more information, contact the Tournament Office at +1 242.676.2325 or the Media Center at 242.698.6005 or visit


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