“It feels pretty good being back on top, but $15 at this moment doesn’t give me any advantage going to the next event. I will just play my game and hopefully maintain this position,” Liu said. “Of course, I want to finish the year as No. 1 on the money list but due to my sesamoid injury, I could end my season at any time for treatment. I will see how I feel in Beaumont and then make a decision.”
Checking in at No. 3 is Bailey Tardy (Norcross, Georgia) having earned $17,334 across three starts. Then it is Sophia Popov (Heidelberg, Germany) adding her name to the mix following a tied for second finish and $10,258 pay day in Maricopa County. She climbed 21 spots thanks to her third cut made in as many events and has cashed $13,058 over that span. Kim Kaufman (Clark, South Dakota) rounds out the top five having claimed $12,835, courtesy of back-to-back top five performances.
“I wasn’t sure how my start would be in Battle Creek, but I played well and it gave me some confidence,” said Kaufman, who finished sixth in the Founders Tribute. “I worked so hard during the break and I have a lot of trust in all aspects of my game right now. My plan is to continue playing in as many Epson Tour events as I can when they don’t conflict with LPGA events. It feels great to see my name near the top of the money list and I hope to continue climbing.”
Alone at No. 6 is Daniella Iacobelli (Melbourne, Florida) with $11,771, even though she missed both the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship and Founders Tribute. Meanwhile, Fatima Fernandez Cano (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) used a solo fourth finish in the Grand Canyon State to jump a total of seven places and sit at $10,782 earned.
At the end of the season, the top five players in the Volvik Race for the Card standings will graduate onto the LPGA Tour for the 2021 campaign.