Monday, May 31, 2010

The LET's ROY Race Just Heated Up

Maria Hernandez finished birdie-birdie to overtake Kristie Smith for her 1st professional victory yesterday on the LET. She leapfrogged to the top of the Rookie of the Year race over many who've been playing much more regularly on the LET:

1. Maria Hernandez €52.50K
2. Kristie Smith €50.78K
3. Pernilla Lindberg €32.44K
4. Caroline Masson €18.86K
5. Rebecca Flood €14.93K
6. Mollie Fankhauser €14.36K
7. Diane D'Alessio €10.52K

For some reason, last year's ROY Anna Nordqvist is next on the list! In any case, with the big-money events (Evian Masters and Women's British Open) still a ways down the road, anything can happen. Mariajo Uribe, who just lost a 6-hole sudden-death playoff to Meaghan Francella in the LPGA's Brazil exhibition (not long after her gradnmother passed away), hasn't even teed it up on the LET yet. And Azahara Munoz, who won on the LET as a non-member last season, hasn't even played well in her 2 starts there, although she's still Amanda Blumenherst's main rival in the LPGA's ROY race (she's 46 points behind her right now). I wonder if we'll be seeing Hernandez and Smith spending more time in Europe this season than they had originally planned. The former hasn't been playing that well on the LPGA, but the latter has been doing fairly well on the Futures Tour. Should be interesting to follow in the coming weeks, as the LET's schedule starts to heat up and many players with dual memberships will need to decide which tour to play on!

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