Florida Tech Sports Hall of Famer Iacobelli Earns LPGA Tour Card
By Florida Tech // October 22, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Following a two-year hiatus, former Florida Tech women’s golfer Daniela Iacobelli has officially returned to the pinnacle of her profession.
Upon tying for 14th at last weekend’s Symetra Tour Championship, the 27-year old was granted her Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour Card for the upcoming 2016 season.
Iacobelli made 15 starts in her LPGA debut as a rookie in 2013, but was unable to stick and promptly rejoined the Symetra Tour, a place she had spent three years prior to her first stint at the sport’s highest level.
A member of the 2014 Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame class, Iacobelli turned her season around after claiming the inaugural Tullymore Classic in early July.
In her next two starts she captured a 14th-place tie and a seventh-place tie before a fourth-place finish in mid-August put her firmly among the Tour’s top-10.
Iacobelli took a step back with two missed cuts in the Midwest, jeopardizing her LPGA dreams, but closed with a tie for third in Arkansas, a tie for sixth in Longwood, Florida and a tie for 14th in Daytona Beach, Florida to throw any possible doubts out the window.
“It’s a good feeling to finish what I set out to do in the beginning of the year,” Iacobelli said after receiving the news. “That was my main goal starting the year back out in Arizona. That seems like years ago really but it’s a good feeling to know that all of the hard work came through this year.”
Overall this season, Iacobelli finished fourth on the Symetra Tour in both driving distance and total birdies.
A previous six-year veteran on the LPGA Tour, Holy Trinity grad Vicky Hurst also regained her card after capping the season in eighth on the Symetra Tour money list.