Friday, October 2, 2009

FL Q-School Thursday: Nocera Takes Charge

I've been teasing Tiffany Joh on twitter that she can't let Gwladys Nocera beat her for medalist honors at the Florida sectional qualifier for LPGA Q-School, but after a 75 from the former and a 68 from the latter yesterday, T-Joh has her work cut out for her later today, as she's 5 behind Nocera, 2 behind Sofie Andersson, and 1 behind Stephanie Connelly and Shasta Averyhardt. I've been impressed by the steadiness thus far of Briana Vega (1 shot behind T-Joh), Lisa Ferrero and Marianne Skarpnord (3 back), and the patience of Paola Moreno (who finally broke through with a 71 to pull within 4 of T-Joh). And even though Maria Hernandez and Malinda Johnson had tough days (75s that moved them back to T25), they just need 1 more solid round to make it the final stage of Q-School in December. The same can't be said for Jennie Lee, though--she needs a low round to climb out of the hole she's dug for herself in the 1st 3 rounds. The odds are better for Nikki Garrett (73, +6, T38) and Caroline Larsson (77, +7, T41). If they can shoot at or just under par today, that's likely to be enough for them to make it to the next stage. Stay tuned!


courtgolf said...

Luckily, nobody pays attention to medalist honors at a sectional quali. Put in one more solid round and get ready for the REAL test in December. Get back down to or under par to erase that 75 and take good thoughts to the finals.

The Constructivist said...

You're right, of course! But confidence-wise, it would be huge. And you figure with only 20 spots open in December, a top 10 or better would be much more encouraging than a T30.