Monday, the most resented day of the week. But not anymore for Frida Kinhult (pronounced Shin-uhlt).
A week after coming up short in the Gainbridge LPGA Monday qualifier, the Florida State University alumna earned the final spot in the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers. It took a birdie on the second hole of a 2-for-1 playoff against Daniela Darquea for Kinhult to advance. She will make her second LPGA Tour start as a member come Thursday.
“Last Monday, I had to drive six hours home [to Tallahassee], so that was motivation to not do it again,” said Kinhult, a 2020 Epson Tour graduate and 2021 LPGA Tour rookie. “You never know with a Monday [qualifier]. Someone can go out and fire a 9-under. You never know what it is going to require. I just try to go out there and be aggressive.”
Kinhult made her first start as a rookie last July at the Volunteers of America Classic, recording rounds of 74-71 to miss the cut. After qualifying for the field, now she’ll look to play her first weekend on the LPGA Tour. Don’t be surprised if Kinhult breaks out in “Monday Monday” by The Mamas & The Papas strolling to the first tee.
“The best players are out here,” said Kinhult, who finished in a tie for 26th at the 2021 LPGA Q-Series. “I mean, it’s still the same sport [from playing Epson Tour the last couple years], still the same tournament format, so just have to grind it out. I am going to do my best and see what happens.”