(Belga) Manon De Roey returned a magnificent card of 64 at the end of the first round of the first stage of the Qualifying School of the LPGA, the main North American professional circuit for women’s golf. Thursday on the Fall Course of the Magnolia Grove golf course in Mobile, Alabama, her total of -7 allowed her to share first place when approximately forty of the hundred players had not completed their course.
The LPGA Qualifying School is played over two weeks and eight rounds of competition in Alabama. The top 70 after the first four rounds will qualify for the second week which will take up residence in Dothan. Scores accumulate over the entire two weeks. The Top 20 will get their LPGA card for 2023. Players ranked between places 21 and 45 will receive a partial LPGA card. Those who finish between 46th and 70th place will be entitled to the Epson Tour card, the 2nd level of North American women’s professional golf. The Antwerper started magnificently by birdieing the first two holes. A double-bogey on N.3 was erased by a new birdie at 4 and yet another at 7. His 5th birdie at 9 allowed him to turn -3 halfway through. Three new birdies (at 11, 12 and 14) propelled them to virtual 2nd place in the standings with four holes remaining. And when De Roey, 4th in the European Tour, returned her 9th birdie of the day, at 16, she joined the American Britney Yada at the top of the scoreboard. (Belga)