2010 LPGA Sectional Qualifier - First-Round Wrap Story

Moston Leads After First Round Of LPGA Qualifying Sectional

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 14, 2010 – Californian Erica Moston must have felt right at home when she got off to a sizzling start in today’s first round of the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Moston, 23, a rookie this season on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, carded a 6-under opening-round score of 66 on the Palmer Course to take a two-shot lead into Wednesday’s second round.

And in the desert heat, with temperatures hovering near 105 degrees, the former San Jose State University collegian scorched the front nine holes of the Palmer Course at 4-under 32. Solid ball striking and her ability to convert short putts into birdies put seven birdies and one bogey on her scorecard in today’s round.

“Today was definitely a good start to a long week,” said Moston, of Belmont, Calif., who posted three top-10 finishes this season in 16 starts on the LPGA’s developmental tour. “It felt like I had a target on every shot today and the longest putt I made was no longer than 25 feet. It was just solid golf all day.”

Christel Boeljon of Beverwijk, Netherlands, posted a score of 4-under 68, also on the Palmer Course, to move into second place. A current member of the Ladies European Tour, Boeljon was a former standout collegiate player at Purdue University.

Six players are tied at 3-under 69, and are all current or past members of the Duramed FUTURES Tour. They are: Eileen Vargas of Ibague, Colombia; Sophia Sheridan of Guadalajara, Mexico; Sarah Brown of Lopatcong Township, N.J.; Jaclyn Sweeney of Bradenton, Fla.; Tzu-Chi Lin of Taichung, Taiwan; and Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas.

Twenty players are under par after the opening round, with a total of 32 players at even-par 72 or better in the 72-hole qualifier for the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December.

This week’s event is being staged on both the Arnold Palmer and the Dinah Shore courses at Mission Hills Country Club, home to the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The California sectional is the first of two sectional Q-Schools to determine the field of the LPGA’s Final Qualifying Tournament, set for Dec. 8-12, at LPGA International on the Champions and Legends courses in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Florida sectional tournament will be held Sept. 28 through October 1, in Venice, Fla., on the Panther and Bobcat courses at Plantation Golf and Country Club.

Qualifiers from the California and Florida sectionals will move on to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. The field at each of the 72-hole sectional tournaments is cut to the low-70 players and ties after 36 holes. After four rounds, the top-30 players and ties from each sectional will advance into the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

Both groups of sectional qualifiers will be joined at the final stage of LPGA Q-School by current LPGA Tour members attempting to improve their status for 2010, along with the players finishing sixth through 10th, plus the next 10 non-LPGA members on the 2010 Duramed FUTURES Tour season-ending money list.

The LPGA’s Final Q-School will be contested over 90 holes, with a cut made after 72 holes to the low 70 and ties.

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