Wednesday, January 14, 2009

7 to Watch at LET Q-School

The Ladies European Tour has been holding the final stage of its Q-School in Spain this week. After the 1st round, Korean Jessica Ji led at -4, American Beth Allen was 1 shot back, the LPGA's Julieta Granada and pre-qualifying stage medalist Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands were 3 shots back, India's Smriti Mehra was 5 back, and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and Australia's Stephanie Na were another shot back. After the second round, Allen jumped into the lead with a 71 (-2), bringing her total though 36 holes to -5. Nordqvist leaped back into contention with a -4 round of her own that pulled her into a tie for 4th with Granada and Mehra 3 shots back, while 78s by Ji and Na dropped them 6 (tied with Boeljon) and 12 shots back, respectively.

There will be a cut to the top 50 after the end of today's round, so Na will need to improve on her T62 standing. After tomorrow's round, the top 30 players will get the equivalent of exempt status for 2009, while the remaining 20 will also have LET membership but only be able to get into a limited number of events.

[Update 1 (7:58 pm): Here are the 3rd-round results for the players I'm following:

Nordqvist 67, -8, 1st
Allen 72, -6, 3rd
Boeljon 69, -3, T7
Granada 72, -3, T7
Mehra, 73, -2, T10
Ji 72, E, T14
Na 72, +6, T43

The only name I know among those who missed the cut was Miriam Nagl, whose 76 today dropped her to +8/T56, just on the wrong side of the cut line.]

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