NSW Julia Boland leads the Australian contingent after the opening round of the Final Stage of the LPGA Q-School.
Boland, who was playing the Hills course at LPGA International Golf Course, posted a one under par, 71, to be tied for 24th position.
The pace is being set by American Casey Grice, who posted a very fine six-under-par 66 on the Jones course. She is just one ahead of fellow compatriot Ryann O’Toole, Ju Young Park and Spain’s Maria Hernandez. Tied for fifth at four-under-par are Americans Cheyenne Woods and Elizabeth Nagel.
Generally speaking it was a solid start by the large Australian contingent, Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Breanna Elliott and Maggie Yuan all fired even par rounds of 72. They are all tied for 46th position.
Rebecca Artis carded 73 on the Hills course to be tied for 72nd, while Stacey Keating is a further two shots back and currently shares 105th position after playing the Jones course. Tied with Keating is WA’s Jayne Panos.
Emma de Groot shares 124th position at four-over-par. De Groot played the Jones course during the first round.
There are three players inside the top 40 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings teeing it up. Ha Na Jang, Charley Hull and Sei Young Kim. Kim was the best performed during the opening round carding a three-under-par 69 to be tied for 7th. Jang finished at two-over, while Hull finished at three-over.
The final stage is played over 90 holes. There will be a 72-hole cut after play on Saturday local time. The top 70 plus ties will tee off in the fifth and final round.
Players are competing for 20 “full” LPGA cards (Category 12) and 25 partial, “conditional cards” (Category 17).
This year is one of the strongest in recent memory with three players inside the top 40 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings: Ha Na Jang (No. 25, Seoul, South Korea), Charley Hull (No. 37, Kettering, England) and Sei Young Kim (No. 40, Seoul, South Korea).