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Saturday, December 05, 2015

All three Scots miss Saturday cut at LPGA Q School

Kylie crashes out with a fourth-round 81

Kylie Walker's hopes of playing on the LPGA Tour next year were shattered when she had a nightmare fourth round of nine-over-par 81 for eight-over 296 and missed the cut to the leading 70 and ties for the final round at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Walker, after rounds of 70, 74 and 71, was handily placed on joint 34th position and seemingly certain of a place in the decisive final round at the end of which only the leading 20 and ties will earn full playing rights on the 2016 LPGA Tour.
But the Glasgow player slumped from joint 38th to sharing 118th with a round that included a quadruple bogey 8 at the par-4 sixth, and double bogeys 5 and 7 at the short seventh and long 14th respectively.
She also bogeyed the 10th in halves of 42 and 39 for 294
Aberdeen-born Gemma Dryburgh also missed the cut with a 74 for six-over 294. That put her in joint 92nd position.
All three Scots were on the sidelines when Sally Watson, from Edinburgh orignally, shot a 72 to join Dryburgh and Stephanie Meadow (Northern Ireland) on the 294 mark. 
Only two of the six Brits in the final to got inside the 291 cut mark - England's Holly Clyburn from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and Wales' Becky Morgan from Monmouth.
Clyburn had a 71 for 296 and a share of 29th position.
Morgan shot a 72 for 287 and joint 34th.
Former Loretto School pupil and 2010 Scottish schoolgirls champion Julie Yang from South Korea is sharing second place on 278 after a 71. 
Leading the field by five shots on 15-under 273 is China's Florida-based Simin Feng who had a fourth-round 69.

Daytona Beach, Florida.
Par 288 (4x72).
Field cut to leading 70 players and ties for fifth and final round.
273 Simin Feng (China) 65 70 69 69
278 Julie Yang (SKor) 66 69 72 71, Cydney Clanton (USA) 67 70 69 72.
GB and Ireland players
286 Holly Clyburn (Eng) 72 70 73 71 (T29)
287 Becky Morgan (Wal) 72 75 68 72 (T36)

294 Gemma Dryburgh (Sco) 73 74 73 74, Stephanie Meadow (NIr) 75 70 74 75, Sally Watson (Sco) 72 76  74 72 (T92)
295 Amy Boulden (Wal) 74 71 74 76 (T100)
296 Kylie Walker (Sco) 70 74 71 81 (T117)
311 Hayley Davis (Eng) 73 85 76 77 (154th of 155).




Simin Feng, pictured by courtesy of Getty Images(c), is used to the pressure of LPGA Q-School, advancing through the final stage with a sixth-place finish last year. This time around, she's doing even better as she started Saturday with a two-shot lead and only saw it grow.
Feng fired a 3-under 69 at LPGA International on Sunday, cruising up to 15 under through 72 holes and five-shot lead with one round to go. Julie Yand and Cydney Clanton are the 20-year-old's closest pursuers in Daytona Beach at 10 under. Megan Khang, the 18-year-old sensation from Massachusetts who turned pro two weeks ago, is 9 under and in a tie for fourth with 18 holes to go.
The top 20 finishers this week at LPGA International earn full 2016 LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 garner conditional status.
For Feng, who made just seven of 19 cuts in her rookie 2015 LPGA Tour season, the objective coming into this week was not to just squeak into that top 20, but rather go for it all.
"My mindset coming into the tournament was to try and win," Feng said. "Instead of thinking top 20, I think trying to win gives you a little bit of an edge. I wanted to try and finish on top of the leaderboard and now I have a chance."
Following Saturday's fourth round, the 155-player field was cut to top 70 and ties. Augusta James (5 over, T-84), Stephanie Meadow (6 over, T-92) and Hayley Davis (23 over, 154th) were the notables sent packing.
Among those still playing Sunday, a couple of big names are precariously hanging around the full status cut-off.
Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, already has partial status for 2016 but at 3 under and T-24 needs to move up just slightly to earn the full card. Aslan Ramsey has joined Woods at that number as she looks to launch her fledging pro career.
Arkansas senior Gaby Lopez is 8 under and T-9 as she remains an amateur and contemplates turning pro for 2016.