Thursday, March 5, 2009

Way to Go, Moira!

Nice T3 finish for Moira Dunn on the SunCoast Series today. She bounced back from an opening 76 with a 69 yesterday and a 70 today to catch M.J. Hur (69-73-73) and Jeehae Lee (70-72-73), among others, at -1. But nobody could deal with Samantha Head's -5 total, which moved her one spot ahead of Moira on the 2009 money list and only a couple of thousand dollars (a lot on this tour, admittedly) behind her sister, Johanna Mundy, who's already won twice there in '09.

On a sadder note, Brittany Lincicome's problems reared their ugly head again today. She was in the hunt after a 73-71 start, but ballooned to a 79 today that dropped her out of the money. That's life in the competitive world of professional women's golf these days. 2 wins and 9 top 10s in your 1st 3 years on tour don't count for anything when your game goes south. Lincicome is not quite in the same boat as Julieta Granada, who will need to go to LPGA Q-School if she can't finish in the top 100 on the money list in '09. Her 2007 win gets her Category 6 status for 2010, which should put her near the top 100 on the priority status list next season and get her into just about any tournament she wants to play.

Moira, meanwhile, will be fighting to make the top 80 or 100 this season. A made cut in Hawaii shows that the grinding she's been doing in Florida this winter has gotten her off on the right foot--something that's often difficult for New Yorkers on the LPGA. Expect to see her playing pretty well in Mexico at the end of the month.

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