Tuesday, December 17, 2013

LET Q-School Day 4: Elina Nummenpaa Rides Subpar Streak to the Top of the Leaderboard

Finland's Elina Nummenpaa fired her 4th-straight subpar round and 1st in the 60s to climb to the top of the leaderboard at LET Q-School.  At -7, she has a 1-shot lead on Germany's Steffi Kirchmayr, who joins 3rd-round leader Julie Tvede, Isabelle Boineau, and Maria Salinas as the only players in the field to put together 2 sub-70 rounds thus far this week.  And she's 2-up on 2nd-round co-leaders Caroline Martens and Tessa Teachman, who were caught at -5 by Sweden's Viva Schlasberg's 66, which matched countrywoman Rebecca Sorensen's 1st-round score for low round of the week.  

With 11 rounds in the 60s today, 34 players at +2 or better through 72 holes, and 61 players making the cut at +7 or better, the final 18 holes will be down to the wire for everyone playing tomorrow.

Here's how other notables in the field now stand:

-4 Rebecca Sorensen, Cathryn Bristow
-3 Julie Tvede, Karolin Lampert

-2 Isabelle Boineau
-1 Maria Salinas, Sally Watson, Nina Muehl

+1 Mia Piccio
+2 Sophie Sandolo, Fiona Puyo, Maha Haddiqui,
+4 Smriti Mehra, Jessica Ji
+7 Jacqueline Hedwall, Carmen Alonso

Missing the cut were Benedikte Grotvedt (+10), Ashley Ona (+11), and Kiran Matharu (+13).  They'll receive membership in 2014 under the LET's Category 12a, which is much less valuable than Category 9b (for those who don't make the top 30 and ties tomorrow) and Category 8a (for those who do).  Let's see who ends up where!

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