U.S. Women’s Open. Celine & Yu Tied at the Top.

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Celine Boutier, France, and Yu Liu of China share top spoton the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Country Club of Charleston.

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Yu carded -5 under par 66 and Celine -2 under 69, to top the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard after 54 holes at -7 under par for the tournament.

Yu  and Celine were school and teammates for one year at Duke, helping the Blue Devils capture their sixth NCAA golf title in 2014.

Yu was laughing when she said;

“We probably won’t talk much.”

“It’s a major championship, everybody is out there trying to win and we’ll be very focused.”

Celine was happy to see a Duke player going well;

“I don’t know about other people, but when I see Duke players playing well, I kind of want to play well, too.”

Lexi Thompson, and Jaye Marie Green, both -3 under 68 today, and both from the USA are joined by longtime leader of the tournament Mamiko Higa, of Japan, who carded another even par round of 71.

Lexi had a couple of bogeys on the back nine;

“It’s tough not to let it get to you, but at a tournament like this, you can’t.” 

Mamiko made bogey on the first hole, and never seemed to recover;

 “It wasn’t a difficult hole, so that was a turning point where I got bad rhythm.”

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Sung Hyun Park of South Korea leads the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

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Sung cruised to a bogey free first round -6 under 66 in this Major tournament, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Sung reported through an interpreter that the course does favor the long hitters, but has swapped putters this week; 

“The course was pretty wet today, but I felt pretty comfortable today.”

 “The course is long and difficult, and I think it’s pretty big benefit for the long hitter.” 

Four ladies are tied in second place at -5 under par, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green and Jessica Korda, all from the USA.

Brooke, the 2016 champion, enjoyed the day, making lots of putts;

“It was a lot of fun, I just feel like I was hitting the ball great and making a lot of putts, so hopefully waking up early tomorrow morning and getting the next round started it’ll carry on.” 

 Laetitia Beckthe Tour’s first player from Israel, sprained her ankle last week, this week she is taking it easy, but still carded -4 under 68, to be T6;

“I was hoping this week it would be okay,  maybe it distracts me from what’s going on really.”

“I try to take breaks and I sit a lot, so people probably think I’m lazy.”

“It just felt easy today,  I want a caddie to help me just to know the course better, especially here where it’s a new week.”

“Often, I do my own thing, but having a caddie and someone that I can communicate with about the distance, about the club, it’s nice.”

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Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Bad Weather Halts 2nd Round.

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Bad weather halts second round play at Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, with dangerous lightning in the area. Katherine Kirk, Australia, is the current leader.

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Katherine had completed her second round before play was halted at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, shooting -9 under par 63 today to post -13 under at the top of the leaderboard;

“I think it might be my best round on the LPGA. I know I’ve had eight but I don’t know if I’ve had nine, so yeah, really happy with it.”

“I felt like I was striking it well yesterday, I just didn’t really capitalize. My philosophy was just keep giving myself chances even if I’m 10 over par and still try and make birdies coming in.”

“You know things are going right when you’re hitting a little 4 hybrid in to four feet.”

“The greens for us are softer than usual, so we’re able to basically throw darts at it. It is sometimes definitely a putting competition when the greens are this soft.” 

Jaye Marie Green, USA, is in second place, she too finished her second round, with a -6 under 66 taking her to -10, three shots off the pace;

“Well, I shot even par on my front nine. I couldn’t really get a lot going, and then kind of everything was going pretty well on the back.”

“I was hitting fairways, hit it close, and then when I did, I made the putt. I shot six under on the back, which was cool.”

Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa, -6 under 66 today, Ilhee Lee, South Korea, -4 under 68, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -4 under 68, all share third place at -9 under par, with completed second rounds.

Ashleigh liked the course this morning;

 “I hit a lot of good shots, and the greens were very pure this morning, so I felt I read the greens pretty good and picked the line and managed to roll a few in.

 

LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Moriya Jutanugarn wins Stage 1

 

 

      

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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

 

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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. “