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LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Moriya Jutanugarn wins Stage 1

 

 

      

                                                               Moriya Jutanugarn/ zimbio.com

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand has won stage one of the LPGA qualifying Tournament by one shot on the Champions Course at LPGA International in Florida. She had to recover from a wet tee shot  on the par 5, 18th hole to save her par, at the end of her final round. Moriya completed the tournament  at -15 under-par, one shot better than Garrett Phillips, who finished at -14 under par and alone in second place.

Moriya said she had been nervous all week;

” Each time I played this week I was a little nervous, getting to the LPGA is my goal. I really want to get to that final stage. I play golf because I want to play on the LPGA. It will get harder and harder, the second stage will be harder and the last will be tough. Everyone has to work so hard, and I try to really put a lot of work into my game and hopefully it will let me reach my goal.”

 

Jaye Marie Green, was among the three players who tied for third at 10-under. Spain’s Marta Silva  and Chattanooga’s Brooke Pancake were also at 10 under.

 

LPGA Q School Qualifying, 3rd round,Moriya Jutanugarn Prevails

Moriya Jutanugarn, the eighteen year-old Thai player, maintained her position at the top of the leaderboard after the thrid round of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida. Moriya maintained her one-stroke lead heading into the final round on Friday of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament after  carding a 4-under-par 68 round today which moved her  to 13-under par. She leads Garrett Phillips who matched Jutanugarn’s 68 and sits one shot off the lead a 12-under par for the tournament. Moriya said she felt she was lucky;

” I was lucky, I hit it to within three feet on five and had a 15-footer on 18. Today I played with my good friend Jaye, my sister and I play with her a lot in junior and amateur. It’s so much fun to play with her. She’s a great player. It’s a lot of fun. When I hit it close, she would hit it closer, and I’d be like, what? That was a good shot. I feel like my putting in the first two rounds was better than today, tomorrow I just want to make some putts. I missed some putts for par. The greens have been tough.I’m not feeling too much pressure, I just want to make it in the top 60 and play in the second stage.”

Jaye Marie Green had -3 under par third round and is just two shots back of the leader at -11 under par for the tournament. The only other player who is in touch with the top three is Brooke Pancake who also had a third round -3 under par, 69, and currently occupies fourth spot on her own at -4 under par.

Friday’s final round will start off the first tee of the Champions Course at LPGA International.  The top-60 and ties on Friday will move on to the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, to be held Oct. 9-12, at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida. The top 70 and ties from Stage II will advance into the final Qualifying Tournament Stage III.

LPGA Q School Qualifying, Moriya Jutanugarn leads after the 2nd round

 

Moriya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn/zimbio.com

Moriya Jutanugarn, of  Bangkok, Thailand, playing the Champions course, leads the tournament after the second round of the LPGA Qualifying tournament at the LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla. Moriya shot a -6 under par 66 in the second round, and a total score of -9 under par, to lead by one shot from two Americans, Garrett Phillips and Jaye Marie Green, who had rounds of 67 and 66 respectively, and totals of -8 under par. Garrett was also on the Champions course while Jaye Marie had her 66 on the Legends course.

Marta Silva of Spain, playing the Legends course is another shot back on -7 under par and the wonderfully named Brooke Pancake is a further shot back of the leaders at -6 under par and is still in touch, she played the Champions course today.

First round leader Rachel Rohanna , struggled with the Champions course and slumped to a +3 over par second round of 75, and is now currently 5 shots adrift of the leader.

LPGA Q-School,Rachel Rohanna 1st round leader

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American Rachel Rohanna shot a 7-under par 65 in the first round  of the 2012 LPGA Qualifying Tournament on LPGA International’s Legends Course. Rachel leads by two-shots  from Lalita Patipaksiri and Kim Welch of the States and Spain’s Marta Silva. Rachel explained that she was mostly concentrating on adapting to some new conditions this week;
” I knew I didn’t have any experience here before so I just wanted to get down here and get used to the Bermuda grass and the weather and keep playing like I’ve been playing, I hit the ball really well. I just kept it simple: fairways and greens. I don’t know if it was luck but I had the same exact putt every hole, a lot of 10 to 15 footers, right to left.”
2012 U.S. Amateur finalist Jaye Marie Green, runner-up to Lydia Ko at the U.S. Women’s Amateur last month,  shot a 2-under par 70 and sits in a tie for 12th place. Jaye Marie spoke about her putting practice and her respect for the greens;
“I have to make 100 putts before I go to bed. If you leave the greens alone, they’ll leave you alone. “

Us Women’s Amateur Championship, Kiwi Lydia Ko Wins

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Lydia Ko won the U.S. Women’s Championship at The Country Club, her winning advantage over American Jaye Marie Green, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla., was 3 and 1, in Sunday’s final match to win the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,512-yard, par-72 course. Lydia said she was amazed at her first win in America;

” I haven’t won a tournament in the States before, so it’s good.  I think I’ve won one tournament in Australia like internationally. It’s pretty amazing, and this tournament is classified as the top amateur event for me, so it means a lot.I’ve played such good golf, and it was hard coming up and it wasn’t easy in any matches or any shots. It means a lot.  I think hopefully it will mean a lot to New Zealand because I’m the next winner of the US Amateur after Danny Lee. It’s good to win it, and my mum before told me if you win I’ll get you to meet my favorite Korean movie star ,Ji Sub So, the next day.  And I was like, oh, yeah.  So after my round finishes, it was like, okay, I’m going to meet him.  So I think that’s the most happiest I am for now.”

Lydia still has both feet firmly on the ground, insisting education comes before a professional golfing career;

” I want to go to college, so turning professional isn’t a priority. There are so many things to learn as an amateur.’

Congratulations Lydia from everyone here in New Zealand.

U.S Woman’s Amateur Championship, Kiwi Lydia Ko in the final

Kiwi Lydia Ko, the 15 year-old holder of the number one position in the world amateur golf rankings, is the second-youngest finalist in  the history of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship . If she wins the title, she will also become the second-youngest champion. Both records belong to Kimberly Kim, who won in 2006 at 14 years, 11 months and 21 days. Lydia commented on her great achievement to reach the final of the prestigious competition

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Lydia Ko/Thomas Ondrey

“I wanted to try my best and not be disappointed. It’s pretty awesome to get to the final because this is the greatest amateur event. I have a 50-50 chance, I’m pretty confident. Sometimes luck is with you, and sometimes it’s not.”

In the semi-finals Lydia defeated Ariya Jutanugarn, beating her 3 and 1, to triumphantly advance to Sunday’s scheduled 36-hole championship final. Lydia will now play Jaye Marie Green, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla., who is ranked No. 7 in the WAGR.

Jaye Marie said after eliminating 20-year-old Nicole Zhang, 2 up, in the other semifinal match;

“I’m really excited and blessed to be playing the world No. 1. Just knowing that I’m still in the running to be the United States champion gives me the chills. She hung in there the whole time. I really feel like I’m dreaming.”

Good Luck Lydia, New Zealand’s golfers are all cheering for you, I know you can not hear us but we are with you.

            

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