Originally Posted by Lindsayfan32
Lindsay 15 years includes 1991 & 1992 were as a part time ameteur if they are talking about service as a pro its only 13 years and a few months. She turned pro in Febuary 1993. I hate to brust the bubble here but she might not quite fit the criteria.
Yeah, that's the gray area, the rule doesn't state when the fourteen years of service must begin. I'm sure Lindsay feels that it begins when she played her first pro event in 1991.
With the rule not specifically stating about when the fourteen year starts, it leaves it open to interpretation. Which is probably why there's so much crap going on at the moment. But, reading it straight from the rulebook, I can see where there is confusion and I do believe she is eligible.
Also she isn't technically stripped of her G/SE status. She still has the obligations to the tour for being under said status, but she has none of the benefits of it (ie. that late entries via wildcard into tournaments).
It's sad, she may be playing one of her last tournaments ever and all she wants is to be granted GEE. It's not that hard.
I really hope she plays next year, even if that means committing to the contracts until the end of Feb. when she knows for sure she's eligible for GEE.
This whole thing is confusing and worrisome. I said it before, I am more worried about Lindsay than the tour right now.