Sunday, December 15, 2013

LET Q-School Day 1: A Tale of 2 Swedes

Rebecca Sorensen leads the final stage of LET Q-School after posting an opening 66, while Jacqueline Hedwall stumbled out of the gates with a 77.  In between those two Swedes, there are several interesting names.  And no-shows:  American Megan Grehan and Spaniard Maria Hernandez rejected the chance for dual LPGA-LET membership in 2014, while Marta Silva and Dani Holmqvist decided it's better to bounce between the Symetra Tour and LPGA than try for better status on the LET next season. [Correction: Hernandez has 2014 LET membership already via the 2013 Order of Merit.  Players with less than 7 LET starts in a season are not counted when determining membership for the next season.]

Back to those names:  Lydia Ko's young sparring partner, Ashley Ona, opened with an even-par 72, while England's Kiran Matharu had to settle for a 76.  France's Isabelle Boineau (74) and Scotland's Sally Watson (73) were right in the middle of the pack.  Australian Cathryn Bristow (70) and Italian Sophie Sandolo (68) got off to better.

It's the less-familiar names that are intriguing in their own right.  American Tessa Teachman, a 2012 LSU grad who missed the cut in her only Symetra Tour start this year, Norwegian Caroline Martens, a 2009 LSU grad, and Austrian amateur Nina Muehl, who played for East Tennessee State from 2008-2011, are all only 1 shot off the lead.  Joining Sandolo 2 back are Denmark's Julie Tvede, who's trying to return to the LET, and Morocco's Maha Haddiqui, who's trying to join it for the 1st time.

Let's see who makes the top 60 and ties after 72 holes and gets full LET membership after 90 by finishing in the top 30 (including ties).


Óscar Díaz said...

Dear friends,

María Hernandez finished 54th in LET's Final Exemption Rankings (after excluding all the players that didn’t play the prerequisite 6 tournaments) and will keep his LET card, although she will probably focus on LPGA in 2014.


The Constructivist said...

Thanks, Oscar!

Óscar Díaz said...

You're welcome!