PETALING JAYA: Malaysian golfers Alyaa Abdulghany and Loy Hee Ying are off to a decent start in stage one of the LPGA qualifying tournament.
Alyaa was the best Malaysian performer as she carded an even par-72 to be placed 72nd out of 339 golfers after 18 holes at the Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, California.
Hee Ying is in 104th position with a one-over 73 and will be hoping to improve in the next three days while Genevieve Ling didn’t have the best of starts as she carded a four-over 76 to be in 206th spot.
China’s Lian Huize is leading the pack after carding a bogey-free, seven-under 65 and one stroke behind is French amateur Agathe Laisne, who impressed with a six-under 66.
Close behind Laisne is a quartet at five-under 67 – Kirsty Hodgkins (Australia), Naomi Ko (United States), Emily Mahar (Australia) and Destiny Lawson (US).
All the golfers are battling in a 72-hole stroke play format, featuring a cut after 54 holes to a minimum of the low 125 players and ties.
A minimum of the top 95 players and ties from day four of the stage one qualification will advance to stage two from Oct 21-24 in Venice, Florida, at the Plantation Golf and Country Club.
LEADING FIRST ROUND SCORES
65: Lian Huize (Chn)
66: Agathe Laisne (Fra)
67: Kirsty Hodgkins (Aus), Emily Mahar (Aus), Destiny Lawson (US), Naomi Ko (US)
72: Alyaa Abdulghany
73: Loy Hee Ying
76: Genevieve Ling