Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hannah Yun Co-Leader after 1st Round of 2nd Stage of LPGA Q-School

Hannah Yun and Alejandra Llaneza fired 68s to lead the 1st round of the 2nd stage of LPGA Q-School by a shot over a host of golfers, including Natalie Sheary, Lizette Salas, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Junthima Gulyanamitta, Patcharajutar Kongkraphan, Ginger Howard, Jacqui Concolino, and Stephanie Connelly.  While many of these players aren't household names by any stretch of the imagination, some of them have been tearing up the world's developmental tours in 2011.  Howard is a 5-time winner on the SunCoast Series, Kongkrapham is a 2-time winner on the CLPGA, Gulyanamitta is a 3-time winner on the Cactus Tour, and Concolino is a 2-time winner on the SunCoast Series, while Llaneza just won as an amateur on the Cactus Tour last week. 

Kristie Smith and Mitsuki Katahira headline the players 2 shots off the pace, while Victoria Tanco and Megan McChrystal are the most notable players at -1.  Rounding out the 57 players at E or better are the likes of Maria Laura Elvira and Kendall Dye.  Other notables didn't fare as well:  Danielle Kang, Stephanie Kono, Briana Vega, Juliana Murcia Ortiz, Anya Sarai Alvarez, and Isabelle Beisiegel are at +1, Carlota Ciganda, Katie Kempter, and Esther Choe are at +2, Brianna Do and Junko Nakada are at +3, Jessica Yadloczky is at +4, Joy Trotter (who won 3 times on the Cactus Tour in the spring) is at +5, and Bo Bae Park is at +6.  All in all 115 players broke 75 and 207 broke 80 on day 1.  With 54 holes to go, though, there's plenty of time for any of them to make the top 70 and ties and move on to Stage 3.

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