Sydnee Michaels

(Courtesy of Sydnee Michaels)

As 2012 draws near its close, Sydnee Michaels can look back on a very successful rookie season on the LPGA Tour.

The former UCLA standout made 19 starts on the LPGA and earned just under $200,000, comfortably keeping her card for near year. Sydnee's best showing of the season was seventh place at the Safeway Classic in August, and she had multiple other Top 20 finishes, too.

Those results helped her climb to No. 121 in the world rankings, an excellent result for a golfer in her first year on the LPGA. In fact, Michaels finished fourth on the Rolex Rookie of the Year points list.

As for her stats, Sydnee's best finishes on the LPGA charts were 20th place in both driving distance (259 yards) and Putts per GIR (1.8).

The photo above is from Sydnee's website, sydneemichaels.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @SydneeMichaels.

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