Moston Extends Lead After Two Rounds Of LPGA Qualifying
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 15, 2010 – Erica Moston extended her lead in today’s second round of the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The first-round leader carded a 4-under 68 to build a four-shot cushion at 10-under 134.
Moston, 23, a rookie professional from Belmont, Calif., continues a steadily progressing season that began this spring on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. The former San Jose State University collegian tallied three top-10 finishes in 16 events this year, but is still looking for her first win as a pro.
Newly turned professional Jaclyn Sweeney of Bradenton, Fla., and second-year Duramed FUTURES Tour pro Eileen Vargas of Ibague, Colombia, each carded a second consecutive round of 3-under 69 to move into a tie for second at 6-under 138.
Playing in the first tee time on the Palmer Course today, Sweeney got off to a solid early start with three consecutive birdies on holes 5, 6 and 7. She drained a tester from 30 feet on No. 5, rolled in a 12-footer on No. 6, and then benefited by watching the putting line of another player to drain her 39-foot birdie putt on the seventh hole.
“After that, anything inside of 20 feet felt like a tap-in putt,” said Sweeney, 21, who just turned professional after foregoing her senior season at Arizona State University this fall. “I’ve been putting and chipping well and I’m comfortable on both courses.”
Christel Boeljon (71) of Beverwijk, Netherlands currently is in fourth place at 5-under 138, while four players, Sarah Brown (71) of Lopatcong Township, N.J., Ashley Knoll (71) of The Woodlands, Texas, Kathleen Ekey (69) of Sharon Township, Ohio, and Sophia Sheridan (71) of Guadalajara, Mexico, are tied for fifth at 4-under 140.
Amateur Jessica Korda of Bradenton, Fla., carded a 2-under 70 today to move into ninth place at 3-under 141, while amateur Caroline Hedwall, the 2010 individual NCAA Women’s Golf champion from Oklahoma State University, currently is tied for 19th at even-par 144.
This week’s event is being held 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.