Maguire improves position at LPGA Stage II Qualifying

Bernie McGuire

It was another tough day at the office for Leona Maguire as she competes in LPGA Qualifying Stage II at Plantation.


Maguire, had opened her account in the 72-hole no cut event with a +2 round of 74 on the Bobcat Course and followed it up with an improved effort as she returned a 73 on the Panther Course.  Her play was much steadier in the second round too with just two bogeys and one birdie (on the 9th) and her 147 total sees her in T69 position ten shots off the pace set by Youngin Chin at the top of the leaderboard.

It’s a tough challenge to compete at this level and after 36 holes, only 22 players are at 2-under par or better, with 10 more individuals sitting on the 1-under par mark. Meanwhile, 45 competitors will enter day three at even par or better with a minimum of the top-25 players and ties advancing to Q-Series, contested from Oct. 22 to Nov. 3 at Pinehurst Resort. Those at the next score, or scores, will also advance provided that the total number of players in Q-Series does not exceed 108, which currently has 62 exempt and entered competitors. 

Continuing her consistent play at Plantation Golf & Country Club, Youngin Chun (Gainesville, Florida) fired a 4-under par 68 on the Bobcat Course and the 2018 Symetra Tour rookie is 7-under par overall, holding a one-stroke advantage heading into the third round. 

“A lot of people say Plantation is pretty hard, so I just focus on every shot and not the course,” said Chun, who recorded five birdies and only one bogey in her second round. “When I get nervous, I think about hitting the fairway, finding the green or putting it near the cup and that makes me more comfortable. Being on top of the leaderboard, I don’t want to make myself nervous.”

Close behind Chun is a pair of competitors in Sarah Hoffman (Saline, Michigan) and Sandy Choi (Seoul, Republic of Korea). They were No. 1 and No. 2 on the leaderboard after the first round, respectively.

For round three, the entire field is re-paired by score and divided in half. Lower scores, which includes Leona Maguire, are set to play the Panther Course and higher scores tackle the Bobcat Course. Ties were broken by the lowest, most recent round to determine which course an individual will play tomorrow.

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