You do have one point, though - if it's so hard for a 17 year old to play on Tour, why get so many opportunities. I just think we disagree on the general direction. I would love to see them get rid of the age requirement. It's a load of bologna anyway, and has been waived way too many times lately for me to think that it's actually worthwhile to keep in place. If a 12 year old wants to qualify for the Tour and burn out before she enters high school, that's her prerogative.
I think there should be some limit, I wouldn't want 12 year olds out there, but would be all in favor of lowering the age limit if it were universal. I don't like this business of begging on one's knees to the commissioner to get a waiver. And once the limit is set, no exceptions!
At this point it seems to me like 16 would be a more legit limit. But you know if they do that a large % of the girls who try out will be Koreans from the national team who don't speak a lick of English. I'm firmly convinced they keep the limit where it is to act as a gate for that eventuality.
It is now official: Brooke requested and Mike Whan granted her a Tour card effective from this week onwards. It's too late in the season to make up ground on Sei Young Kim for this year's Rookie of the Year and she's ineligible for next year's award. Even making the fall Asian swing is questionable because her official money is currently $0.