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Australia’s Minjee Lee Wins Blue Bay LPGA In China

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2016 22:39 Sunday, 23 October 2016 22:28

Minjee LeeCanadian Press

HAINAN, China (AP) — Minjee Lee got up-and-down one last time at Jian Lake to win the Blue Bay LPGA for her second victory of the year and third in 17 months.

The 20-year-old Australian chipped to 3 feet from the front runoff area on the par-5 18th to match Jessica Korda’s birdie and beat the American by a stroke. Lee’s chip left Korda with an 18-footer for eagle from off the back edge that she missed to the left.

“It was a good fight out there, and I fought to the end,” Lee said.



Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord Dominates To Medal At Stage II; 84 From 29 Countries Advance To Final Stage

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2016 22:28 Sunday, 23 October 2016 22:21

Marianne SkarpnordVENICE, Florida — Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord (Sarpsborg, Norway) cruised to medalist honors at Stage II of LPGA Qualifying Tournament with a final-round 1-under, 71 to finish at 11-under, 277, five shots clear of second. A total of 84 players advanced to Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament, which is November 30-December 4 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. The top 20 finishers at final stage will earn LPGA Tour membership for the 2017 season. 

World No. 2 amateur, Bronte Law (Manchester, England), finished second at 6-under, 282 while runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Angel Yin (Arcadia, Calif.) finished third at 5-under, 283. 

Skarpnord, one of only two players to post four under-par rounds (Taylor Totland), made three birdies against two bogeys on Sunday.



Symetra Tour Hands Out Ten LPGA Tour Cards For The 2017 Season

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 19:21 Tuesday, 18 October 2016 19:09

Madelene SagstromLONGWOOD, Florida — The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, crowned the final top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list during a ceremony at Alaqua Country Club following the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship presented by IOA.

The class is headlined by Symetra Tour Player of the Year and Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year Madelene Sagstrom, who won three times and posted 11 top 10 finishes. Ally McDonald finished second at the Symetra Tour Championship and moved up to second on the final money list. 



Bank Of Hope Becomes Title Sponsor Of LPGA’s Founders Cup

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:23 Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:57

Bank of Hope Founders CupDAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Bank of Hope, the largest Korean-American bank in the United States, will serve as the title sponsor for the newly renamed Bank of Hope Founders Cup the LPGA announced. The event will continue to be held at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.



Ciganda Beats Lee In LPGA Tour Playoff In South Korea

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:17 Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:12

Carlota CigandaCanadian Press

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Carlota Ciganda overcame an early five-stroke deficit, blew a late five-stroke lead and needed a big break to get in a playoff in the rainy LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship.

The 26-year-old Spaniard then left Alison Lee in tears, beating the American on the first extra hole for her first LPGA Tour title. Ciganda made a 6-foot birdie putt after Lee’s birdie chip from the rough off the back edge missed a half-inch to the right.

“I was just trying to stay in the present and hit as best I could,” Ciganda said. “In the end, it was so close. I think I was the lucky one today and I’m very happy.”



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