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Jennifer Kirby (JASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press)
Jennifer Kirby (JASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press)

Jennifer Kirby earns LPGA Tour card on her first attempt Add to ...

Jennifer Kirby saved the best for last, carding a final round 68 - her best score of the week - to secure her LPGA Tour card for 2014.

The Paris, Ont. golfer finished in solo fifth in her first ever trip to qualifying school to claim one of the 20 Tour cards up for grabs this week in Florida.

"Couldn't be happier with this week!" Kirby tweeted out Sunday night. "So excited to play the LPGA tour this year!! Thank you everyone for the amazing support!!!!!!!!!"

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Kirby joins fellow Canadians Sue Kim, Alena Sharp, Lorie Kane and Rebecca Lee-Bentham as full-time LPGA Tour members in 2014. Kim and Sharp earned their way back via their play on the Symetra Tour while Lee-Bentham finished in the top 80 of the Tour's money list one year after she won medalist honours at q-school.

Kirby was the only one of the 10 Canadians who started the week to gain full status.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que finished in a tie for 32nd and will have conditional status next year.

Kane, a four-time winner on the Tour, finished tied for 44th. She was looking to improve her priority standing in order to get into more tournaments in 2014.

Erica Rivard (T65) of Tecumseh, Ont. and Jessica Shepley (70th) of Oakville, Ont. will have status on the developmental Symetra Tour.

Jaye Marie Green completed a runaway victory at q-school, finishing with a record 29-under 331 total for a 10-stroke margin.

The 19-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, who lost to Lydia Ko in the final of the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur, broke the event 90-hole mark of 18-under set by Stacy Lewis in 2008.

''This is going to be a week that I'll always remember,'' Green said. ''I was the most nervous on that last green when I didn't have to be, but I really was. But when that putt fell I was just speechless and I think I was just seeing stars really. It was a cool feeling. I just felt really relieved.''

South Korea's Mi Rim Lee was second after a 69. Tiffany Joh finished third at 15 under after a 71, which proved to be a fitting birthday present for the 27-year-old.

“Every year, Q School is on my birthday,” said Joh. “This is actually the first time I earned a fully-exempt card. The first time I got my card I finished like 21st or 22nd for conditional status. It’s definitely nice to actually be able to celebrate for the first time.”

Amy Anderson, the 21-year-old former North Dakota State star who won a record 20 college titles, was fourth at 14 under after a 69.

Four players ended the week in a tie for ninth at 8-under including 17-year-old China native Xiyu Lin.

A four-way tie for 19th put Japan native Haru Nomura, Symetra Tour members Megan McChrystal and Jenny Suh and South African Ashleigh Simon in a playoff for the final two spots to round out the top 20. The group battled in a three-hole aggregate on Nos. 9, 10 and 18 with Simon making birdie on No. 18 to earn the first spot. Nomura, McChrystal and Suh forced a sudden death playoff for the remaining spot and it only took one hole for Nomura to claim it.

Birdie Kim, the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open champion, shot a final-round 2-under 70 but finished two strokes out of a playoff for the final spot.

(Files from the Associated Press were used in this report)

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