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Gabby Lemieux misses cut by one shot

Gabby Lemieux hits a tee shot in February 2020 at the Seminole Tribe’s Chairman of the Greens Charity Golf Tournament in Plantation. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

Just before COVID-19 began shutting down sports across the globe, Native American pro golfer Gabby Lemieux (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes in Idaho) missed making the cut by one shot at the Symetra Tour’s season-opening tournament in Winter Haven. Lemieux shot 73-78 for a 151 total, which was one shot shy of the cut at the 12th annual Florida Natural’s Charity Classic held March 6-8 at the Country Club of Winter Haven.

“Today [husband and caddy Jared] and I are back to the drawing board,” Lemieux, 23, posted on Twitter a few days after the tournament.

“We had a little step back last week in Winter Haven. Honestly, if it wasn’t for all the stroke penalties…we would have made the cut by a long shot! We didn’t think we had the best ball striking that week but we fought hard and wheeled it back. Besides having to take three strokes and struggle a little bit and still ‘make the cut’ (in our heads) the future for us this year feels like it’s going in the right direction.”

Gabby Lemieux

Lemieux’s opening round on the par-72 layout featured two birdies, five bogeys and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. Her rollercoaster second round included five birdies, five bogeys, one double bogey and a quadruple bogey 8 on the par-4 10th hole.

The field featured 132 players with the low 60 and ties making the cut. It was a 54-hole event.
The Symetra Tour is the minor league tour of the LPGA. The purse was $125,000. Winner Janie Jackson, of Alabama, took home $18,750.

The Symetra Tour has postponed tournaments through mid-June due to COVID-19.

Lemieux’s season debut came a month after she played with 4-time PGA Tour champion Notah Begay and Seminole Tribe Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. in the Chairman of the Greens Charity Golf Tournament in Plantation.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at