PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Alyaa Abdulghany took another step closer towards earning her US LPGA Tour card for next season after making it to the all-important LPGA Q-Series which will be held in December.The 22-year-old passed the just-concluded LPGA Qualifying School Stage Two on Sunday with flying colours by coming in a credible sixth out of 179 competitors at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.
Alyaa was one of the 47 successful candidates to punch their tickets to the Q-Series which will be held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama from Dec 2-12.
Alyaa played solid golf to be in contention for the top-45 and ties cut all week long, carding rounds of 70, 68, 69 and 70 to finish at 11-under 277.
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard of France grabbed the medallist honour after topping the leaderboard with a sizzling 19-under 269.
“Our main goal this week was to give ourselves the best chance to advance and I’m extremely happy to have made it,” said Alyaa when contacted.
“Our performance this week was a result of our hard work. This is great momentum going into the Q-Series but we still have more things to work and improve on.”
Alyaa will be under no illusion about how tough it is at the third and final stage of the Q-Series.
The 47 players coming through from Stage Two will be joined at the Q-Series by established professionals including those who’re ranked 101st-150th in this season’s LPGA Tour points standings and some of the top 75-ranked players in the world who do not hold LPGA Tour status yet.
Besides the challenging field, the Q-Series will be contested over a gruelling 144-hole format.
The first 72 holes competition will be held at the Magnolia Grove (Dec 2-5) before the cut is made for the final battle at the Highland Oaks Golf Club (Dec 9-12).
LPGA Tour cards will be awarded to the top-45 and ties at the Q-Series.
Those who complete the Q-Series will be given second-tier Symetra Tour status.
National No. 1 Kelly Tan is expected to sign up for the Q-Series too in a bid to save her LPGA Tour card.
She’s currently in 139th spot of the Tour’s points standings.