HE PACES FIELD THROUGH 72 HOLES
In the final round on Pinehurst Course No. 6 for LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Muni He (Chengdu, China) fired a 2-under par 69 to snag the outright 72-hole lead by two strokes at 9-under overall.
As a Epson Tour rookie in 2018, He captured her first professional title at the inaugural Prasco Charity Championship. Meanwhile, she made eight cuts across 19 starts on the LPGA Tour this year in her rookie campaign. Now at Q-Series, He believes that winning mentality is getting back into form.
“When we start to play poorly, at least for me, can tend to rush things and feel like I'm running out of time.”
BREAK COMES AT RIGHT TIME FOR COUGHLIN
For Lauren Coughlin (Charlottesville, Virginia), the break in Q-Series could not have been more perfectly timed. The University of Virginia graduate not only battled the course today, but also the beginning of a cold.
Nonetheless, she carded a 3-under par 68 to sit at 7-under overall entering three days off. Going back to July on the Epson Tour calendar and the Donald Ross Classic, Coughlin has recorded 32 rounds of even par or better in her last 36 competitive rounds.
50 PLAYERS 2-OVER PAR OR BETTER AT HALFWAY POINT
The conclusion of round four at LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina signals the halfway point of the 144-hole cumulative stroke play marathon. Play is now complete on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 and it shifts to Jack Nicklaus-designed Pinehurst Course No. 9 for the last four rounds from Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
Competing in a total of eight rounds over two, four-day segments, the top-45 finishers and ties receive Category 14 membership on the LPGA Tour Priority List for 2020. Individuals in that range, but outside of the top-20 and ties also earn Category C status on the Epson Tour.
Meanwhile, a cut to the top-80 and ties is set after the sixth round and the unofficial purse of $150,000 will be distributed at event’s completion. With 72 holes in the books, a total of 50 players are 2-over par or better and exactly 80 are 10-over par or better.
“I was really frustrated after the first two days and wasn’t playing horrible golf, just couldn’t score,” said Laura Wearn (Charlotte, North Carolina), who was 9-over par before rounds of 67-66 got her to even par and tied for 32nd. “It felt really good to make some birdies and come back. The front nine I could not believe what was going on [with seven birdies], then the back kind of leveled off.”
Maia Schechter (-7, T2) on weekend plans ahead of Pinehurst No. 9:
Emma Talley (-7, T2) on her overall performance through four rounds:
Lauren Kim (-6, T5) on leaving today’s 1-over 72 in the past and getting ready for week two:
- He, 20, is a native of Chengdu, China
- University of Southern California alumna
- Played 21 events as a Epson Tour rookie in 2018, advancing to the weekend 16 times earning two top-10s and her first professional title at inaugural Prasco Charity Championship
- Finished T27 at inaugural LPGA Q-Series to earn Priority List Category 14 status for 2019 LPGA season
- Career-best finish on the LPGA Tour is T27 at the 2019 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational with playing partner P.K. Kongkraphan
- Made eight cuts in 19 events on the big stage in 2019 as a rookie with her highest result in stroke play being T35 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open