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Csicsi Rozsa takes slender lead into Final Round of Qualifying School

On moving day at LPGA Qualifying School Stage II, several players improved their position heading into the final round at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida, battling windy conditions to stay in the hunt.

While she had an eventful third round (five birdies, three bogeys, one double bogey), Csicsi Rozsa (Budapest, Hungary) maintains an advantage over the field. After two rounds, Rozsa led by two strokes, but after 54 holes, her lead is now one.

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Eun-Hee Ji opens up 6-stroke lead at Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan ChampionshipSwinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

At 10-under 206, Eun-Hee Ji takes a six-shot advantage into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. The Republic of Korea native leads Lydia Ko and Jenny Shin after shooting 3-under 69 in the third round at Miramar Golf Country Club.

With blustering winds impacting the golfers all day Saturday, the Republic of Korea native managed to play steady. She carded one bogey and four birdies to move into solo first after starting the day tied with Shin.

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Csicsi Rozsa takes 2-stroke lead in LPGA Qualifying School

Csicsi Rozsa holds a two-shot advantage through two rounds of play at Stage II of LPGA Qualifying School at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.

Rozsa admitted there were nerves early in her round after starting the tournament with a 5-under par 67 on the Panther Course Thursday which put her in a tie for second thru 18 holes. The 2017 Symetra Tour rookie shot even par on the front nine before settling in to a rhythm and rolling in five birdies on the back to finish at 4-under for the day and 9-under par overall. 

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Preisinger, Fowler, Quinn and Lerner Receive 2017 LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Awards

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership announces the following members for national awards as an acknowledgement of their dedication and achievements: Carol Preisinger, Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Teacher of the Year; Kristie Fowler, Tubac Golf Resort, Tubac, Arizona, Professional of the Year; Christie Quinn, La Jolla High School, La Jolla, California, Coach of the Year; Dona Lerner, Dona Lerner Golf Academy Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, Junior Golf Leader of the Year.

The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of the section award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections: Central, International, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Western. 

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Shin, Ji tied for the lead at Taiwan Championship

At 7-under 137, Jenny Shin and Eun-Hee Ji share the 36-hole lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. The duo leads Brittany Altomare by one stroke and has a large group of pursuers, with 11 players within five shots of the lead.

Shin closed with consecutive birdies at holes 17 and 18 to cap her 5-under 67. 

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Venezuelan Zapata Takes Early Lead in Stage II of LPGA Qualifying Tournament

The second stage in the road to the LPGA got underway on Thursday with the first round of Stage II of LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Venice, Florida. Alazne Urizar Zapata (San Tome, Venezuela) went bogey-free en route to a career-best 6-under par 66 to grab the 18-hole lead at the Plantation Golf and Country Club.

“My putter was on fire,” Zapata said with a laugh on Thursday evening. “I was feeling really good on the greens, the speed was working so good for me. It feels like the course was made for me. I had a few shots where I missed the green or missed the fairways, but I was trying to focus on ’it’s not how you start it’s how you finish’.”

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Eun-Hee Ji powers to the front in tough conditions in Taiwan

Eun-Hee Ji sits atop a packed leaderboard at 6-under 66 and holds the opening-round lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. The native of the Republic of Korea battled harsh weather conditions to finish three shots ahead of Sei Young Kim, Megan Khang and Ariya Jutanugarn.

Ji turned in a bogey-free scorecard of six birdies and is looking to pick up her first win in 2017 at Miramar Resort Country Club. Coming off a T73 finish at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, Ji said she didn’t play well in Korea, so she spent a lot of time on her backswing heading into this week’s event.

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Sung Hyun Park Clinches 2017 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Honors

The LPGA Tour today announced that 24-year-old Sung Hyun Park, of the Republic of Korea, has mathematically clinched the 2017 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award with five events remaining on the season’s schedule.

Park, who won the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open Championship for her first LPGA and major victory, has a 798-point lead over Angel Yin which would mark the third-largest margin of victory in the history of the award, passing 2016 winner In Gee Chun (778 points) and trailing only Karrie Webb over Mayumi Hirase in 1996 (1030 points) and Se Ri Pak over Janice Moodie in 1999 (929 points). 

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Angel Yin enjoying rookie season on LPGA Tour

What a rookie season it has been for Angel Yin. The 19-year-old from Arcadia, Calif., tied for third at the 2016 LPGA Q-School to wrap up her card for 2017 and has made the most of her first year on the road. She has four top-10 finishes, including a quarterfinal run at the Lorena Ochoa Match Play, and has impressed scores with her prodigious length off the tee. Yin’s driving average of 271.8 yards puts her in fifth behind four of the biggest guns on Tour – Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Joanna Klatten, Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda.

That drive and length, to go with a relaxed attitude that belies her young age, impressed Captain Juli Inkster enough to go with Yin as one of her captain’s picks for the 2017 USA Solheim Cup Team. But while Yin was certainly impressed by her week in West Des Moines, her laidback nature shines through when she’s asked about how her life has changed.

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