Keating improves at LPGA Tour School
BY Bruce Young | 06 Dec 2013
The large Australasian contingent still has work to do if any are to earn playing rights for the 2014 LPGA Tour after round two of Final qualifying was completed overnight.
The leading 20 players at the completion of 90 holes gain full exemption while those finishing between 21st and 45th gain a lesser level of status for next year.
At the completion of 72 holes the field of 154 is cut to the leading 70 and ties, those finishing between 46th and 70th at week’s end earning Symetra Tour status.
Stacey Keating leads the charge for the down under brigade, the Victorian improving 32 places with her second round of 70 to be in 16th position as the event heads into round three.
Keating, currently ranked 114th in the world, is a two time winner on the Ladies European Tour and is chasing the right to play the LPGA Tour for the first occasion.
Coffs Harbour golfer, Emma de Groot and Victorian Breanna Elliott are 43rd, Stephanie Na, Rebecca Artis and Frances Bondad are in 80th position, Kristie Smith and Julia Boland 92nd and New Zealander Cathryn Bristow 109th.
The event is being led by American Jaye Marie Green who followed up her stunning opening round of 62 with a second round of 68 to lead by five.
Green was a rookie on the secondary Symetra Tour this season but despite her obvious class was unable to secure her LPGA Tour via that route.