PETALING JAYA: Alyaa Abdul-ghany looks set to advance to the LPGA Tour Qualifying School (Q-School) stage two after producing another steady show in California.
On Saturday, the 22-year-old carded her best score of the week with a two-under 70 in the penultimate round of stage one at the Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert to move into a tie of 37th on 214 total.
This has ensured Alyaa a good chance to finish in the top 95 and ties required to make the cut for stage two, which will be held at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida from Oct 21-24.
Compatriot Loy Hee Ying also boosted her hopes after posting a 70 to shoot up from joint 131st to 80th on 217 total.
However, Hee Ying still has plenty to do in the last 18 holes, which will be contested at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage, as she’s currently sitting just one shot above the projected cut line.
While the recently-graduated Alyaa is making her first attempt to earn playing rights on the LPGA Tour, Hee Ying is trying for the second time.
In her previous bid, she failed to get past stage two.
Meanwhile, it was the end of the road for another Malaysian, Genevieve Ling, after she missed the 54-hole cut.
Genevieve’s third round 74 was not good enough to place her in the top 125 and ties needed to progress into the final day.
Genevieve settled for joint 150th out of 339 competitors on 221 total.
LEADING THIRD ROUND SCORES
202: Lian Huize (Chn) 65-70-67;
204: Amelia Garvey (Nzl) 68-69-67, Agathe Laisne (Fra) 66-67-71;
206: Gina Kim (US) 71-69-66, Auston Kim (US) 68-66-72;
208: Katlin Milligan (US) 71-68-69, Brooke Matthews (US) 71-67-70, Naomi Ko (Can) 67-71-70, Kiira Riihijarvi (Fin) 69-68-71.
Selected: 214: Alyaa Abdulghany 72-72-70; 217: Loy Hee Ying 73-74-70; 221: Genevieve Ling 76-71-74.