Pagdanganan and Ardina open Q-Series reader

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December 2, 2021 | 1:50 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines – Bianca Pagdanganan kicks off her candidacy in the morning wave with Canada’s Alena Sharp and Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith as Dottie Ardina prepares for a tougher challenge in a late tee kick to kick off the 144-hole LPGA Q-Series punishment. Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Crossing and Falls courses at Magnolia Grove Golf in Mobile, Alabama.

Pagdanganan, Sharp and Smith become entangled at 8:36 a.m., all looking for a good start and the necessary momentum in this kind of fierce competition, which only involves the Top 45 spots and above among the 110 candidates. to LPGA status for 2022.

Ardina, meanwhile, flew at 10:37 a.m., preparing for a demanding test not only of Selena Costabile and Jaclyn Lee, both of Canada, but also of a journey that seems so daunting with its dangers and its unpredictable surface.

But the Filipino pair supported by ICTSI are ready like the rest of the peloton, led by Thai ace Atthaya Thitikul, who at 14 became the youngest to win a professional tournament (Thailand Ladies European Tour Championship) in 2017, amateurs Gina Kim and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, medalists of stages 1 and 2 of the LPGA Q-School, respectively, the talented Taiwanese amateur sisters Yu Chiang Hou and Yu Sang Hou, and the former British champion of the Women’s Open Hinako Shibuno and his Japanese compatriot Ayaka Furue.

Thitikul, also the youngest winner of the Race to Costa del Sol, LET’s Order of Merit of the Season, flaunts her form against Beth Wu of American and Chinese ace Ruoning Yin at 7:41 a.m. Kim faces off against fellow American Kristen Gillman. and Canadian Maddie Szeryk at 9:53 a.m., and Roussin-Bouchard collided with Thailand’s Prima Thammaraks and Becca Huffer of the United States at 9:31 a.m.

The Hou sisters also enter the event in high spirits with Yu-Chiang shooting Korean Yaeeun Hong and Spain’s Nuria Iturrioz at 8:03 am, and Yu Sang trades blows with Germany’s Laura Escallon and Sweden’s Linnea Johansson at 8:58 am.

Shibuno, meanwhile, faces Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen and American Gabby Lemieux at 7:52 a.m., while Furue, one of the main players on Japan’s LPGA Tour, mixes it up with American Jennifer Chang and Germany. Sophie Hausmann.

Pagdanganan had a best joint 12th place at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, but fell far behind in the 125th in the LPGA standings while Ardina finished in the 109th, also marked by a shared 12th place in the women’s championship. of the PGA.

Ardina and Pagdanganan try to join Yuka Saso in the world’s first women’s circuit with the Fil-Japonaises, who finished No.16 in the Race to CME Globe season, securing five-year membership after scoring a historic victory in the United States. Women’s Open last June.

The second week of the two-part series will be held at the Highland Oaks Golf Course from December 9-12.


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