Friday, January 16, 2009

Nordqvist Wins LET Q-School

2008 Women's British Amateur champion Anna Nordqvist bounced back from her disappointment at the LPGA's Q-School last December in a big way: she fired her 3rd straight sub-70 round to win the LET's Q-School. How did the players on the Mostly Harmless watch list finish? 6 of the 7 got virtually full playing privileges for 2009:

1st/-13 Nordqvist 75-69-67-68
4th/-6 Christel Boeljon 72-75-69-70
6th/-4 Beth Allen 70-71-72-75
10th/-2 Julieta Granada 72-72-72-74
19th/+2 Smriti Mehra 74-70-73-77
25th/+3 Jessica Ji 69-78-72-76
40th/+8 Stephanie Na 75-78-72-75

It'll be very interesting to see what kind of schedules dual LPGA/LET members Nordqvist and Granada decide on this season. If Nordqvist is as successful on the LET in '09 as Amy Yang was in '08, don't look for her to play many events on the LPGA outside of Europe. She's already stated she wants to qualify for the European team in the 2009 Solheim Cup (more good news for the Americans in the LPGA's Class of 2009!), so LET Rookie of the year has to be in her sights, as well. On the other hand, I expect Granada to focus on the LPGA at the start of the season after testing LET waters in Australia. It all depends on how she plays, then. If her futility on the LPGA continues, look for her to jump ship reasonably early. Similarly, if she can get comfortably in the LPGA's top 80 early in the season, look for her to play more on the LET, so she can maintain dual membership in '10. The only scenario I can imagine where she plays fewer than 10 events on the LET is if she's having a great LPGA season.

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