Any pro on the tour will tell you that Q School is rough. The pressure of playing for a card can shake even the most talented golfers. And it was that pressure that 110 women began to face last Thursday at Magnolia Grove in Mobile, Ala., With 45 tour cards in play in the LPGA Q Series. At the end of the day on Sunday, the peloton reached the midpoint of the odyssey of eight two-week laps. Here’s everything you need to know to stay on top of the game and prepare for 72 more holes.
Two stages of Q-School have already been completed, leading up to the Q series, formerly known as the final stage of Q School. The Q Series field is made up of LPGA Tour members who are ranked 101-150 on the LPGA 2021 earnings list, Symetra Tour members who are ranked 11-30 on their money list, any player ranked among the best 75 in the world who is not a member of the LPGA Tour and qualifiers who have advanced to stage II. Four rounds have been played this week, with the first 70 and ties having a chance to play the 72 second holes, which begin Thursday. All scores are carried over to week 2.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest names who have had solid starts thanks to the first 72 holes of the Q Series:
Pauline Roussin Bouchard
In the lead, 19 and under 267
The 21-year-old Frenchwoman has a two-stroke lead in the first four rounds. She’s a former No.1-ranked amateur in 2020 who played two seasons at the University of South Carolina before turning pro this summer.
Hye jin choi
Second place, 17-minus 269
You may remember her at the 2017 US Women’s Open, where the Korea LPGA Tour member finished T-2 as an amateur.
T-11, new minus 277
Papp graduated from the University of Texas in 2021 and turned professional. She was the amateur bass at the 2020 Women’s US Open, finishing an impressive T-9.
T-19, seven minus 279
Pagdanganan was an LPGA rookie from 2020, an odd year to be featured on tour. But she performed well, highlighted by a third place finish in the Drive On-Reynolds Lake Oconee LPGA Championship, but couldn’t keep that momentum going in 2021, where she only had one top 25.
T-24, six-minus 280
In 2019, during the AIG Women’s Open Championship, Shibuno became an incredibly unlikely and incredibly sympathetic major champion. At the time, she declined LPGA Tour status to continue playing at home on the Japan LPGA Tour, but is now seeking to earn it for the 2022 season.
T-24, six-minus 280
The 25-year-old Dane plays on the Ladies European Tour and was a member of the European Cup winning squad in Solheim, going 3-1-0 in September at Inverness Club.
Anne van Dam
T-35, four under 282
A video of van Dam’s swing has gone viral on social media, with many claiming she might have the best golf shot right now. She is also one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour. Yet none of this translated into success on the course for the 26-year-old Dutchman, who joined the tour in 2019; she only had one top 10 in 2021.
T-52, even par 286
Kim is one of five amateurs heading to the final 72 holes of the Q Series. She is a senior at Duke who, if she gets an LPGA card, can defer her status until the end of her season. university in May.
The cup line is one in 287. Players outside the cup line cannot win LPGA cards but will have some status on the Symetra Tour in 2022.
T-75, two of 288
Moore gained attention in 2018 when she won her NCAA Championship game to win her team’s tag team title from the University of Arizona. She joined the LPGA Tour in 2020 and used her platform to speak out against bullying.
T-75, two of 288
Chan became the first woman from Hong Kong to earn her LPGA Tour card when she qualified for the Tour in 2019. She is a two-time Olympian.
T-81, three of 289
While attending the University of Florida, Brooks placed second at the 2019 NCAA Championship. Earlier that year, she finished T-10 at the Augusta’s inaugural Women’s National Amateur Championship. She joined the Symetra Tour in 2020 and finished five times in the top 10 in 2021.
T-89, five of 291
Riddestrom of Sweden joined the LPGA Tour in 2019, his best result being 18th this season.
Play resumes Thursday at with the top 45 players and ties from the upcoming 72-hole event achieving LPGA status for 2022. Players who complete T-20 and under will achieve Symetra Tour status.