The beautiful Katie Bakken will be playing in the final stage of LPGA Qualifying Nov. 29-Dec. 3, chasing her LPGA Tour card. We certainly hope to see her on our television screen often next year.
A Minnesota native, Katie B walked on at the University of Minnesota and then played well enough, including winning the Peggy Kirk Bell Classic, to earn her scholarship. After graduation, Bakken won the 2001 Minnesota State Women's Open, and also played her first LPGA Tour events that year.
Katie played in Asia and Australia, then full-time on the Futures Tour in 2002 and 2003. Then she qualified for the Ladies European Tour and played there in 2004, 2005 and this year. She set a course record at the LET Tenerife Ladies Open in 2005.
Her career has certainly been a steady progression upward through the ranks, and last month she played her way in the Finals of LPGA Q-School. If history holds, we'll see Katie B on the LPGA Tour soon.
Did I mention she's beautiful?
Katie Bakken Web site
Katie Bakken on the Ladies European Tour