Has the NFL Hit a Wall?

 

By Rick Woelfel

 

For going on half a century, the National Football League has sat atop the pyramid as America’s most popular sport. But as the end of the 2016 approaches this weekend, the NFL does not have the allure it once did. TV ratings are down and there are indications the league’s popularity has plateaued.

The situation must be addressed; there are a lot of dollars at stake. The current network TV contract (involving CBS, NBC, ESPN, and FOX) runs through the 2022 season. The parties involved paid big dollars for those TV rights and in the hopes of attracting advertising dollars along with having a ready-made platform to promote their other programming.

For decades, the networks operated under the notion that there was in insatiable appetite for  pro football. But it appears a saturation point may have been reached.

In a typical weekend there are no fewer than five television windows; three on Sunday, one on Monday night, and one on Thursday night. And in the final weeks of the season there are games on Saturdays, although admittedly last weekend was an exception because of the Christmas holiday.

The bottom line is there is a lot of pro football available on TV, some would say too much. In our view the expanded television schedule is having a negative impact on the product on the field. If I were put in charge of restoring some of the lost luster of the NFL on television, here are some steps I would take ASAP.

Eliminate the Thursday games, save for Opening Night and Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving games are a tradition and that’s great; I’m a traditionalist at heart. And having a stand-alone season opener makes sense. But additional Thursday games are unnecessary and at create additional risks for the players. Playing a game on Sunday or Sunday night and then being asked to do the same thing four days later is unfair to the ticket-buying public, which gets a substandard product but most of all its unfair to the players, who are putting their bodies on the line every week. Dropping the Thursday schedule would also mean additional out-of-market/regional matchups would be available for airing on Sunday. And perhaps those Thursday-only uniforms would go away as well.

Start Sunday and Monday night games no later than 8:00 Eastern Time. That means kicking off at that hour. You want fans on the East Coast to be awake at the finish, correct?

Reduce the commercial load during the actual game. If that means extending halftime beyond the current 12 minutes, that’s fine. Viewers get frustrated when a score is followed by a commercial, which is followed by a kickoff, which is followed by a commercial.

Extend the natural break between quarters perhaps or lengthen halftime. But presently most games have little flow to them. And with the coming of the postseason and additional commercial loads, it’s only going to get worse.

 

There are other factors that contribute to the fact that the product the NFL puts on the field isn’t as scintillating as perhaps it could be. The fact that the starters play so little in preseason and go through so few contract drills (because of CBA stipulations) factors into all this. But that’s a discussion for another time and place.

The NFL remains America’s most popular sporting institution. But unless changes are made it may soon find itself at a tipping point.

 

 

Central Bucks West Bests Souderton 6-1 in SHSHL Matchup

By Rick Woelfel

HATFIELD— A fast start gives a hockey team a lot of momentum. And Central Bucks West had all the momentum Friday night. Joey Rokovich scored a pair of first-period goals and the Bucks went on to a 6-1 win over Souderton in a SHSHL Continental matchup at Hatfield Ice.

The win left the Bucks (7-0) as the only unbeaten team in the SHSHL’s Class AA bracket.

Rokovich made his presence felt early on. The junior found open ice on the left wing and beat Souderton goaltender Joshua Smith just two minutes after the opening faceoff. His second goal came just 2 minutes, 10 seconds later off a left-wing faceoff in the Souderton defensive zone.

“It felt real good,” Rokovich said. “They’re a good team so it was good to get those two in quick. We just got off to a good start.”

That was all the scoring the first frame but Dalton Karl found the back of the net for the Bucks just 31 seconds into the second. Tucker Forte made it a 4-0 game at the 4:53 mark. All evening long West seemed to have an abundance of open ice to work in.

Souderton (4-3-1, 4-2-1 in the league), which had a four-game unbeaten streak snapped, seemed to have trouble keeping up. “We had zero emotion,” said Souderton coach Matt Montagna. “And honestly, they got a good old fashioned whupping. They got beat. West had balance and they had better matchups all night.”

West coach Dave Baun applauded his team’s workmanlike effort. “We try to have everybody involved in the offense,” he said. “We try to move the puck up the ice well.The plays are orchestrated. The players are going where they’re supposed to be. It takes less time when you know where your guy’s going to be.”

Karl scored his second goal of the game 1:25 into the third period before Gabe Evans got the Big Red on the scoreboard by beating Jeremy Kennard with a rocket from the right wing with 4:18 left in the game. Shawn Philipps finished the scoring for the Bucks with 3:13 remaining.

Kennard took over the third period for Jonah Brous, who stopped 21 shots. Kennard turned away eight in the final frame.

“When (Kennard) went in the game the kids were just cheering for him,” Baun said. “Those types of things make a difference to a coach, when the kids are all pulling for one another.”
Notes: Karl had two assists to go with his two goals. All seven goals in the game came with the teams at full strength.
Souderton 0 0 1—1
C.B. West 2. 2 2—6
First-period goals: Joey Rokovich (CBW) from Jack Boland, 2:00; Rokovich (CBW) unassisted, 4:10.
Second-period goals: Dalton Karl (CBW) unassisted, :31; Tucker Forte (CBW) from Shawn Philipps and Karl, 4:53.
Third-period goals: Karl (CBW) from Forte, 1:25; Gabe Evans (S) from Joshua Reeves, 11:42; Philipps (CBW) from Forte and Karl, 12:47.
Shots: Souderton 30, C.B. West 37; Saves: Joshua Smith (S) 31; Jonah Brous (CBW) 21 and Jeremy Kennard (CBW) 8.
Records: Souderton (4-3-1, 4-2-1 SHSHL Continental Division); Central Bucks West (7-0 overall and in the division)

LPGA Adds Senior Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., December 13, 2016 – The LPGA Tour announced today the first-ever Senior LPGA Championship, which will be contested July 10-12, 2017 at The Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. The Tour has reached a multi-year deal to both host the tournament and have it televised live on Golf Channel.

The field of 81 players will feature a collection of past greats in the women’s game including LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members, current LPGA members and major champions over the age of 45. The 54-hole event will feature a total purse of $600,000. There will be no cut.

The Senior LPGA Championship comes on the heels of the February announcement by the USGA of the creation of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will begin in 2018 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.

“This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game,” said Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner. “With the USGA’s recently announced U.S. Senior Women’s Open and now our event, the women who forged the way for the current generation will now have two major championships each year.”

The inaugural Senior LPGA Championship will take place Monday-Wednesday. The Pete Dye Course is no stranger to hosting premier tournaments including the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Championship from 2012-2014 and the 2010 PGA Professionals National Championship. It has also hosted a Legends Tour event since 2013.

“French Lick is proud to host such a prestigious event,” said Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of the Cook Group, owners of the French Lick Resort. “We have long supported women’s golf and to now be part of the first major championship for senior women is indeed an honor. We look forward to a great relationship with the LPGA and an outstanding Championship.”

“French Lick has been such a tremendous supporter of women’s golf and we are excited that they have chosen the Senior LPGA Championship as their next big showcase,” said seven-time LPGA Tour winner Michelle McGann. “The Pete Dye Course is both beautiful and challenging and I look forward to returning this summer to compete again.”

A week-long celebration of women’s golf will begin the weekend prior to the Senior LPGA Championship with a new Symetra Tour event on The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort from Friday-Sunday, July 7-9. The Symetra Tour’s 54-hole tournament will have a purse of $200,000 and a winner’s payout of $30,000.

The Senior LPGA Championship will host pro-ams on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 on the Pete Dye Course. For more information on playing in the pro-am with an LPGA legend, sponsorship, to volunteer or other information contact seniorlpga@frenchlick.com.

So You Want to Play Golf Makes a Great Gift for the Golfer on Your List

Golf can be a challenging and intimidating game for a newcomer. How to Play Golf was published with the new or returning golfer in mind.

My co-author Kim Verrecchio and I published the book in May of this year as a way of bringing new players into the sport and encouraging people who might have played the game in the past to give it another try.

The book covers the basics of the game; the grip and the stance, as well as tips on hitting various types of shots. It also addresses other issues, including, but not limited to what goes on at a golf course, how to buy equipment, and how to take a lesson. We also included a historical section with some notes about some of the greatest players in history (10 PGA Tour players and 10 LPGA Tour players).

In short, it is a non-threatening introduction to this great game that we all love so much.

Kim has had a long career as a PGA of America professional and is committed to bringing new people into the game. The book is written in her voice and really conveys her passion for the game and her profession.

The book is available on line through amazon.com, through CreateSpace at CreateSpace.com or digitally through Kindle. It lists for $15 in print (plus tax and shipping) and $4.99 on Kindle.nt to Play Golf, PGA We do however a discount available for golf professionals and apprentices that wish to order copies in bulk for their members/customers (minimum 10 copies).

So You Want to Play Golf makes a great holiday gift for the golfer on your list. We cordially invite you to check it out.

 

 

LPGA Q-School Final Day

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA, December 4, 2016 – Jaye Marie Green (Boca Raton, Florida) buried a 20-footer on the 90th hole to earn medalist honors at Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament with a five-day score of 13-under, 347. Green carded a 2-over, 74 on Sunday to win by one shot over Olafia Kristinsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) to earn full LPGA Tour status.

While three of the top four finishers are from the USA, a total of 13 different countries (USA, Iceland, Korea, Taiwan, Denmark, Canada, England, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Philippines, Japan and Thailand) are represented amongst the players that finished in the top 20 to earn category 12 status on the LPGA Tour for 2017. Further, four teenagers finished in the top 20 (Nasa Hataoka, Maria Parra, Angel Yin and Ssu Chia Cheng).

Green, who also won Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2013 with a record score of 29-under, is the first player since the event moved to Daytona Beach in 1991 to win Final Stage twice.

“I feel really good about it and the weeks leading up I wasn’t really that nervous which is weird,” said Green. “I was really laid back this week and I felt like I was picking up where I left off from three years ago.”

Green and Kristinsdottir were tied heading to the 18th hole and Green made a bet with her brother and caddy, Matt, in the fairway. The stakes were simple. If they made birdie and won, Jaye would pay Matt $1,000.

“I definitely wanted to win, I think that was a good goal for me,” said Green. “I did not play well so to have a putt to win was great. I felt like a kid on the putting green thinking about a putt to win and I got that oh my gosh feeling. When I saw it going dead center I was like ‘oh my gosh’ I did it and I had to fist pump when I never do. I think he is more excited about the $1,000 than the fact that I am going to the LPGA.”

Green, who finished 112th on the LPGA money list this year, said that this result will give her renewed confidence into 2017.

“I couldn’t really find the reason why I needed to go back to Q-School,” said Green about her lack of confidence. “I knew I had to play well to get my card and now I know that I can make a putt to win so there are a lot of positives to take away. Now I know I can play well under the gun. Going into next year, I have this experience to draw on.”

Kristinsdottir, who had the largest galleries all week of Icelanders, carded a 1-over, 73 to earn a spot on the LPGA.

“It is a relief being done with the round and I’m so happy and really happy to be Icelandic,” said Kristinsdottir. “There are so many people out here and this is so awesome, I can’t even describe it.”

Kristinsdottir played college golf at Wake Forest and was a rookie on the Ladies European Tour in 2016.

“Since I was a kid, I dreamed of reaching this level and now I have,” said Kristinsdottir, who will be the first player from Iceland on the LPGA. “It’s just incredible.”

When asked what Americans should know about golf in Iceland, Kristinsdottir talked about the Arctic Open, a famous tournament that starts at midnight in the summer.

“Everybody should come and play, it is awesome and really popular,” said Kristinsdottir. “We have like 65 golf courses in Iceland and we’re always ready for more tourists.”

Angel Yin (Arcadia, Calif.) and Sadena Parks (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished in a tie for third at 11-under, 349. JeongEun Lee (Seoul, South Korea) finished fifth at 10-under, 350.

Pavarisa Yoktuan (Nakhonsrithammarat, Thailand) and Karen Chung (Livingston, N.J.) tied for 19th at 4-under, 356 to earn LPGA status. There was no playoff for the final spots in category 12.

There will be 31 rookies on the LPGA Tour next year: Aditi Ashok, Brittany Benvenuto, Celine Boutier, Nicole Broch Larsen, Hannah Burke, Karen Chung, Jenny Coleman, Emily Collins, Daniela Darquea, Regan De Guzman, Justine Dreher, Allyssa Ferrell, Jennifer Ha, Nasa Hataoka, Caroline Inglis, Augusta James, Lauren Kim, Min-G Kim, Olafia Kristinsdottir, Bronte Law, Maria Parra, Emily Pedersen, Katherine Perry, Krista Puisite, Mel Reid, Madeleine Sheils, Mariah Stackhouse, Jessy Tang, Emily Tubert, Britney Yada and Angel Yin.

 

LPGA Q-School Day 3

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA, December 3, 2016 – Jaye Marie Green (Boca Raton, Florida) continued her stellar play with a 2-under, 70 on the Hills course on Saturday to grab the 72-hole lead at 15-under, 273. With one round left, she is two shots clear of Olafia Kristinsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland), who carded a 68 on the Jones course to get to 13-under. Sadena Parks (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is in third place at 12-under, 276.

There are four players tied for 19th at 4-under, 284.

“After two practice rounds (and four tournament rounds), it feels good to be at the top of the leaderboard after six rounds of golf,” said Green, who had a clean back nine with two birdies and no bogeys. “This will certainly remove some stress that this whole week brings and I feel confident. I didn’t hit the ball well today, but I hung in there.”

Green survived an uneven front nine that included a double-bogey on seven.

“I was 2-over through seven and I was like ‘oh gosh’ and I started thinking about the top 20 and thinking what is going on here,” admitted Green. “It is so good to be able to pull it back. To finish 2-under par after a bad start definitely helps the confidence.”

Green can become the first player to win Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament twice since it was moved to Daytona Beach in 1991. She was the medalist in 2013 when she totaled a record 29-under.

Meanwhile, Kristinsdottir is inching closer-and-closer to becoming the first player from Iceland to play the LPGA. She carded a 4-under, 68 – her third straight round in the 60’s – to move to 13-under, 275. The former Wake Forest golfer has made 19 birdies against just four bogeys over the last three rounds.

“This morning, I was not feeling so great on the range because I had something in my back so I was just trying to take it easy a little,” said Kristinsdottir. “It ended up being fine, I only hit two crocked shots today because of my back. Everything else was fine, I tried to have good rhythm and my putter was smoking hot.”

She finished her round with three birdies over her final six holes.

Kristinsdottir played in seven events on the Ladies European Tour as a rookie and is 96th on the Order of Merit. She finished T26 in Abu Dhabi in early November.

“Q-School is a lot about being mentally tough so I’m going to try and be patient tomorrow,” explained Kristinsdottir. “I don’t want to think too much about the result, it is not over.”

The 72-hole cut was made at 2-over, 290 and exactly 70 players will tee it up on Sunday in the final-round. Players that finish in the top 20 (no ties) will earn LPGA Tour membership in category 12 while those that finish 21-45 (including ties) will earn membership in category 17. If necessary, there will be a playoff for the final spots in category 12 (full membership) only. The final-round will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be contested on the Hills course only.

NO. 2 AMATEUR BRONTE LAW HOPING PUTTS DROP ON SUNDAY: Bronte Law (Manchester, England) was hoping to be in a more comfortable spot heading into the final-round, but she gave her self a shot after a 2-under, 70 on Saturday to move to 2-under through four rounds. She is T30 with 18 holes left.

“I created a lot of chances today, but I wasn’t really making anything,” said Law, who made three birdies against one bogey. “Towards the end, I made two really good birdies to put myself right back in there. My putts on 17 and 18 just slid by. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my round and I’m hoping those putts are going to go in tomorrow.”

Law, who is the No. 2 ranked amateur in the world and the reigning ANNIKA Award winner, has posted rounds of 75-68-73-70.

“This is the opportunity (LPGA) I’ve been waiting on for a long time,” said Law. “I was hoping to play a little better as I was playing very well coming in. My swing feels good and I’m really hoping that I get that low round tomorrow because I’m really looking to get that card.”

ALLEN TO SPLIT TIME BETWEEN EUROPE / US IF EARNS STATUS: Beth Allen (San Diego, Calif.) has had too much success in Europe to commit to a full-time LPGA schedule even if she earns full status for the first time since 2008 on Sunday.

She posted a 4-under, 68 on the Jones course on Saturday to move to 9-under, 279.

“I’m not leaving Europe, I know that,” said Allen. “I haven’t seen the LPGA schedule yet on purpose, but I know it is going to be great, and hopefully I can earn status tomorrow and have the chance to pick and choose my schedule.”

Allen, the Order of Merit leader on the Ladies European Tour, has posted rounds of 71-72-68-68. She is the highest ranked player in the field according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings at No. 63.

O’HARA HOPING FOR SECOND CHANCE AT LPGA WITH BRO ON BAG: Therese O’Hara (Copenhagen, Denmark) carded a 4-under, 68 on the Jones course on Saturday to give herself a chance at a full LPGA card on Sunday. O’Hara moved from T62 to T30.

It’s almost eerily similar to what happened to O’Hara (then Koelbaek) at 2014 Final Stage. She was in a tie for 25th headed into the final-round and posted a 71 to finish T11 and earn a Tour card.

“I just remember being very calm and relaxed,” said O’Hara after her strong round today about two years ago. “I just remember having fun with my brother (Martin) and relaxing in between.”

O’Hara asked her brother to caddy again this year and he couldn’t refuse.

Now, she is one round away from getting back to the LPGA full-time after spending 2016 on the Symetra Tour.

“I knew I needed a low one today and I think I’ll need a really low one tomorrow,” said O’Hara. “I’m just going to go out and attack. I got on a roll today so hopefully I can keep it going.”

 

2016 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifing School – Stage III
Round 4 Summary
Saturday, December 03, 2016 Purse: $50,000.00
Multiple Courses Par: 36 36 – 72 Yardage: 6566
POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
1 Jaye Marie Green 68-68-67-70 273 -15 (J-H-J-H)
2 Olafia Kristinsdottir 74-66-67-68 275 -13 (H-J-H-J)
3 Sadena Parks 69-72-67-68 276 -12 (J-H-J-H)
4 Nasa Hataoka 68-65-69-75 277 -11 (J-H-J-H)
5 Angel Yin 74-67-69-68 278 -10 (H-J-H-J)
6 Beth Allen 71-72-68-68 279 -9 (H-J-H-J)
T7 Jennifer Ha 70-74-69-67 280 -8 (J-H-J-H)
T7 Ssu Chia Cheng 73-66-69-72 280 -8 (J-H-J-H)
T7 Mel Reid 69-64-75-72 280 -8 (H-J-H-J)
T10 Dori Carter 75-69-74-63 281 -7 (H-J-H-J)
T10 Laetitia Beck 76-66-71-68 281 -7 (H-J-H-J)
T10 JeongEun Lee 69-73-70-69 281 -7 (H-J-H-J)
T13 Maria Parra 76-71-67-68 282 -6 (H-J-H-J)
T13 Nicole Broch Larsen 69-78-66-69 282 -6 (J-H-J-H)
T13 Amy Anderson 71-71-70-70 282 -6 (J-H-J-H)
T16 Ji-Young Oh 71-71-69-72 283 -5 (J-H-J-H)
T16 Dottie Ardina 71-70-70-72 283 -5 (H-J-H-J)
T16 Regan De Guzman (a) 71-68-70-74 283 -5 (H-J-H-J)
T19 Karen Chung (a) 69-71-73-71 284 -4 (J-H-J-H)
T19 Dani Holmqvist 71-70-71-72 284 -4 (H-J-H-J)
T19 Yu Liu 72-67-72-73 284 -4 (H-J-H-J)
T19 Krista Puisite 69-69-70-76 284 -4 (J-H-J-H)
T23 Mariah Stackhouse 72-71-72-70 285 -3 (J-H-J-H)
T23 Lauren Kim 69-73-73-70 285 -3 (J-H-J-H)
T23 Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 67-72-76-70 285 -3 (J-H-J-H)
T23 Katherine Perry 74-70-70-71 285 -3 (J-H-J-H)
T23 Prima Thammaraks 73-71-70-71 285 -3 (H-J-H-J)
T23 Aditi Ashok 73-70-71-71 285 -3 (J-H-J-H)
T23 Min-G Kim 68-73-71-73 285 -3 (J-H-J-H)
T30 Therese O’Hara 75-70-73-68 286 -2 (H-J-H-J)
T30 Hannah Burke 73-75-69-69 286 -2 (H-J-H-J)
T30 Mina Harigae 77-68-72-69 286 -2 (H-J-H-J)
T30 Bronte Law (a) 75-68-73-70 286 -2 (H-J-H-J)
T30 Celine Boutier 69-75-71-71 286 -2 (H-J-H-J)
T30 Madeleine Sheils 70-73-70-73 286 -2 (J-H-J-H)
T30 Katelyn Dambaugh (a) 67-71-73-75 286 -2 (J-H-J-H)
T37 Cindy LaCrosse 74-74-70-69 287 -1 (J-H-J-H)
T37 Emily Tubert 72-71-75-69 287 -1 (H-J-H-J)
T37 Brittany Benvenuto 75-72-70-70 287 -1 (J-H-J-H)
T37 Ani Gulugian 71-75-71-70 287 -1 (J-H-J-H)
T37 Daniela Darquea (a) 74-68-75-70 287 -1 (H-J-H-J)
T37 Emily Pedersen 72-74-70-71 287 -1 (J-H-J-H)
T37 Jessy Tang 73-68-72-74 287 -1 (J-H-J-H)
T44 Benyapa Niphatsophon 72-74-72-70 288 E (H-J-H-J)
T44 Jean Reynolds 72-75-69-72 288 E (J-H-J-H)
T44 Alejandra Llaneza 71-74-71-72 288 E (J-H-J-H)
T44 Budsabakorn Sukapan 71-74-70-73 288 E (J-H-J-H)
H – Hills Course, J – Jones Course
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POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
T44 Pavarisa Yoktuan 74-69-72-73 288 E (H-J-H-J)
T44 Demi Runas 71-71-71-75 288 E (J-H-J-H)
T50 Luciane Lee 71-74-74-70 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T50 Haeji Kang 75-74-69-71 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T50 Ying Luo 77-70-70-72 289 +1 (H-J-H-J)
T50 Taylor Totland (a) 70-74-73-72 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T50 Hannah Green 72-71-74-72 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T50 Britney Yada 74-71-71-73 289 +1 (H-J-H-J)
T50 Stephanie Meadow 73-70-73-73 289 +1 (H-J-H-J)
T50 Justine Dreher 74-71-70-74 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T50 Ruixin Liu 75-68-72-74 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T50 Jenny Coleman 72-70-73-74 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T50 Laura Wearn 71-72-71-75 289 +1 (J-H-J-H)
T61 Augusta James 76-76-69-69 290 +2 (J-H-J-H)
T61 Clariss Guce 72-75-73-70 290 +2 (J-H-J-H)
T61 Emily Collins 73-74-72-71 290 +2 (J-H-J-H)
T61 Caroline Inglis 74-71-74-71 290 +2 (H-J-H-J)
T61 Allyssa Ferrell 72-72-75-71 290 +2 (H-J-H-J)
T61 Brianna Do 78-69-71-72 290 +2 (H-J-H-J)
T61 Ginger Howard 72-71-74-73 290 +2 (J-H-J-H)
T61 Kendall Dye 70-73-73-74 290 +2 (J-H-J-H)
T61 Allison Emrey 70-73-71-76 290 +2 (J-H-J-H)
T61 Felicity Johnson 76-66-71-77 290 +2 (H-J-H-J)
Camilla Lennarth 81-71-73-66 291 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Shannon Fish 78-71-73-69 291 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Lindsey Weaver 75-74-73-69 291 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Erynne Lee 76-76-69-70 291 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Stephanie Kono 72-76-72-71 291 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Elizabeth Nagel 71-75-73-72 291 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Charlotte Thomas 73-71-73-74 291 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Nannette Hill 71-73-73-74 291 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Jaclyn Jansen 78-69-67-77 291 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Kate Machado 75-77-71-69 292 CUT (J-H-J-H)
August Kim (a) 76-69-77-70 292 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Gemma Dryburgh 77-69-75-71 292 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Karlin Beck 75-76-69-72 292 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Daniela Iacobelli 73-78-68-73 292 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Wanasa Zhou (a) 75-72-72-73 292 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Mindy Kim 75-74-69-74 292 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Kristy McPherson 73-73-72-74 292 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Brittany Marchand 76-69-73-74 292 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Elizabeth Szokol 70-78-68-76 292 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul 73-78-71-71 293 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Marta Sanz Barrio 75-74-73-71 293 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Rebecca Artis 73-71-76-73 293 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Jiayi Zhou 77-71-71-74 293 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Emma de Groot 73-73-72-75 293 CUT (J-H-J-H)
H – Hills Course, J – Jones Course
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POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
Julieta Granada 74-71-73-75 293 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Kathleen Ekey 78-73-73-70 294 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Tiffany Chan (a) 77-71-76-70 294 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Megan Osland 75-72-75-72 294 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Becca Huffer 72-75-75-72 294 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Princess Superal 76-70-76-72 294 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Katelyn Sepmoree 76-72-73-73 294 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Paola Moreno 74-72-75-73 294 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Briana Mao 70-76-75-73 294 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Eleanor Givens 78-72-70-74 294 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Sally Watson 77-76-72-70 295 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Nicole Jeray 77-73-73-72 295 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Anne-Catherine Tanguay 74-75-73-73 295 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Sara-Maude Juneau 74-74-74-73 295 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Natalie Sheary 75-71-75-74 295 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Marina Choi 75-71-74-75 295 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Alison Walshe 76-75-73-72 296 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Giulia Molinaro 74-73-76-73 296 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Maia Schechter 77-69-77-73 296 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Kim Welch 75-73-74-74 296 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Nobuhle Dlamini 73-75-72-76 296 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Jennifer Kirby 76-70-73-77 296 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Kylie Walker 81-72-73-71 297 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Bertine Strauss 75-74-75-73 297 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Lori Beth Adams 74-74-75-74 297 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Avery George 73-77-72-75 297 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Sophia Popov 74-75-73-75 297 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Casey Grice 76-72-74-75 297 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Marion Ricordeau 77-74-75-72 298 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Isi Gabsa 73-82-68-75 298 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Kaitlin Park 74-79-70-75 298 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Mia Piccio 78-71-74-75 298 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Marianne Skarpnord 73-78-69-78 298 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Csicsi Rozsa 74-74-80-71 299 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Emma Talley 76-73-78-72 299 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Jamie Hullett 75-77-74-73 299 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Lorie Kane 73-76-75-75 299 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Samantha Richdale 77-71-76-75 299 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Rachel Rohanna 74-78-71-76 299 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Christine Song 71-75-75-78 299 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Kassidy Teare 71-75-75-78 299 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Jane Rah 78-77-73-72 300 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Cyna Rodriguez 83-69-75-73 300 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Carlie Yadloczky 79-72-74-75 300 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Grace Na 80-72-77-72 301 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Monifa Sealy 78-76-74-73 301 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Savannah Vilaubi 74-80-74-73 301 CUT (J-H-J-H)
POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
Lauren Coughlin 75-73-76-77 301 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Lora Assad 72-75-75-80 302 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Sierra Sims (a) 77-73-82-71 303 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Fabiola Arriaga 78-75-76-74 303 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Hannah Collier 78-76-71-78 303 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Manuela Carbajo Re 77-78-75-74 304 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Emily Penttil? 77-77-75-76 305 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Lisa Ferrero 70-83-74-78 305 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Amber Hensley 73-82-79-73 307 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Ashlan Ramsey 77-75-76-79 307 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Erica Popson 76-72-80-81 309 CUT (H-J-H-J)
Ashleigh Albrecht 76-79-76-80 311 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Silvia Cavalleri 79-81-78-75 313 CUT (J-H-J-H)
Vicky Hurst 73-71 144 WD (H-J-H)
Holly Clyburn 77-69-75 221 WD (H-J-H-J)
H – Hills Course, J – Jones Course
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LPGA Q-School Day 2 Update

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA, December 1, 2016 – Two-time Solheim Cup member Mel Reid (Loughborough, England) and 17-year-old rising star Nasa Hataoka (Ibaraki, Japan) will share the 36-hole lead at LPGA Qualifying School sitting at 11-under, 133, following the first two rounds in Daytona Beach.

Conditions were calm on Thursday and that was reflected in the scoring as a total of 62 players finished under-par in round two compared to 37 in round one.

“I really have played much better than I expected,” Hataoka, who won a JLPGA major in October, admitted. “I’ve been putting very good and am really happy about it.”

Hataoka carded a 7-under 65 on the Hills Course while Reid posted the round of the week thus far with an 8-under 64 on the Jones Course on Friday.

“64 is always nice,” Reid said with a smile. “I thought I could’ve gone deep out there today. I feel like I missed two or three other chances easily. With the winds and stuff I was pretty happy. All in all I hit most of the shots that me and Benji discussed and I feel like my swing is in a good place.”

While Reid is happy to be tied for the lead, she knows she has more to accomplish this week.

“You can’t let off the gas in this,” Reid said. “I’m 11-under after two rounds but I’m not letting my foot off the gas. I’ve got a number in mind and I’m trying to get to that number if not past it. All-in-all I’m very happy with how I’m swinging it and how things are going.”

Helping the cause for Reid has been a laid back approach off the course.

“I tried to make this week as relaxed as possible,” Reid explained. “I know it’s a tough week and that it’s a bit of a slog but you just need to have a good environment around you. I’m staying at one of my friend’s place in New Smyrna which is awesome and we just go to the beach at night to try and make it as relaxed as possible.”

The duo holds a three shot cushion over Jaye Marie Green (Boca Raton, Florida), who sits in third place at 8-under par. Latvian Krista Puisite and South Carolina senior Katelyn Dambaugh (a) share fourth at 6-under, 138.

Round three will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the leaders teeing off at 10:12 Hills and 10:23 on Jones.

2016 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifing School – Stage III
Round 2 Summary
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Purse: $50,000.00
Multiple Courses Par: 36 36 – 72 Yardage: 6566
POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
T1 Mel Reid 69-64 133 -11 (H-J)
T1 Nasa Hataoka 68-65 133 -11 (J-H)
3 Jaye Marie Green 68-68 136 -8 (J-H)
T4 Krista Puisite 69-69 138 -6 (J-H)
T4 Katelyn Dambaugh (a) 67-71 138 -6 (J-H)
T6 Ssu Chia Cheng 73-66 139 -5 (J-H)
T6 Yu Liu 72-67 139 -5 (H-J)
T6 Regan De Guzman (a) 71-68 139 -5 (H-J)
T6 Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 67-72 139 -5 (J-H)
T10 Olafia Kristinsdottir 74-66 140 -4 (H-J)
T10 Karen Chung (a) 69-71 140 -4 (J-H)
T12 Angel Yin 74-67 141 -3 (H-J)
T12 Jessy Tang 73-68 141 -3 (J-H)
T12 Dottie Ardina 71-70 141 -3 (H-J)
T12 Dani Holmqvist 71-70 141 -3 (H-J)
T12 Sadena Parks 69-72 141 -3 (J-H)
T12 Min-G Kim 68-73 141 -3 (J-H)
T18 Laetitia Beck 76-66 142 -2 (H-J)
T18 Felicity Johnson 76-66 142 -2 (H-J)
T18 Daniela Darquea (a) 74-68 142 -2 (H-J)
T18 Jenny Coleman 72-70 142 -2 (J-H)
T18 Amy Anderson 71-71 142 -2 (J-H)
T18 Ji-Young Oh 71-71 142 -2 (J-H)
T18 Demi Runas 71-71 142 -2 (J-H)
T18 Lauren Kim 69-73 142 -2 (J-H)
T18 JeongEun Lee 69-73 142 -2 (H-J)
T27 Ruixin Liu 75-68 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Bronte Law (a) 75-68 143 -1 (H-J)
T27 Pavarisa Yoktuan 74-69 143 -1 (H-J)
T27 Stephanie Meadow 73-70 143 -1 (H-J)
T27 Aditi Ashok 73-70 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Ginger Howard 72-71 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Emily Tubert 72-71 143 -1 (H-J)
T27 Mariah Stackhouse 72-71 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Hannah Green 72-71 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Laura Wearn 71-72 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Beth Allen 71-72 143 -1 (H-J)
T27 Kendall Dye 70-73 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Madeleine Sheils 70-73 143 -1 (J-H)
T27 Allison Emrey 70-73 143 -1 (J-H)
T41 Dori Carter 75-69 144 E (H-J)
T41 Katherine Perry 74-70 144 E (J-H)
T41 Prima Thammaraks 73-71 144 E (H-J)
T41 Charlotte Thomas 73-71 144 E (H-J)
T41 Vicky Hurst 73-71 144 E (H-J)
T41 Rebecca Artis 73-71 144 E (H-J)
T41 Allyssa Ferrell 72-72 144 E (H-J)
H – Hills Course, J – Jones Course
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2016 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifing School – Stage III
Round 2 Summary
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Purse: $50,000.00
Multiple Courses Par: 36 36 – 72 Yardage: 6566
POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
T41 Nannette Hill 71-73 144 E (J-H)
T41 Jennifer Ha 70-74 144 E (J-H)
T41 Taylor Totland (a) 70-74 144 E (J-H)
T41 Celine Boutier 69-75 144 E (H-J)
T52 Mina Harigae 77-68 145 +1 (H-J)
T52 Brittany Marchand 76-69 145 +1 (H-J)
T52 August Kim (a) 76-69 145 +1 (H-J)
T52 Therese O’Hara 75-70 145 +1 (H-J)
T52 Caroline Inglis 74-71 145 +1 (H-J)
T52 Julieta Granada 74-71 145 +1 (J-H)
T52 Justine Dreher 74-71 145 +1 (J-H)
T52 Britney Yada 74-71 145 +1 (H-J)
T52 Alejandra Llaneza 71-74 145 +1 (J-H)
T52 Luciane Lee 71-74 145 +1 (J-H)
T52 Budsabakorn Sukapan 71-74 145 +1 (J-H)
T63 Gemma Dryburgh 77-69 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Maia Schechter 77-69 146 +2 (J-H)
T63 Holly Clyburn 77-69 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Jennifer Kirby 76-70 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Princess Superal 76-70 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Marina Choi 75-71 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Natalie Sheary 75-71 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Paola Moreno 74-72 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Emma de Groot 73-73 146 +2 (J-H)
T63 Kristy McPherson 73-73 146 +2 (J-H)
T63 Emily Pedersen 72-74 146 +2 (J-H)
T63 Benyapa Niphatsophon 72-74 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Christine Song 71-75 146 +2 (H-J)
T63 Elizabeth Nagel 71-75 146 +2 (J-H)
T63 Kassidy Teare 71-75 146 +2 (J-H)
T63 Ani Gulugian 71-75 146 +2 (J-H)
T63 Briana Mao 70-76 146 +2 (J-H)
T80 Brianna Do 78-69 147 +3 (H-J)
T80 Jaclyn Jansen 78-69 147 +3 (H-J)
T80 Ying Luo 77-70 147 +3 (H-J)
T80 Maria Parra 76-71 147 +3 (H-J)
T80 Brittany Benvenuto 75-72 147 +3 (J-H)
T80 Megan Osland 75-72 147 +3 (J-H)
T80 Wanasa Zhou (a) 75-72 147 +3 (H-J)
T80 Giulia Molinaro 74-73 147 +3 (J-H)
T80 Emily Collins 73-74 147 +3 (J-H)
T80 Jean Reynolds 72-75 147 +3 (J-H)
T80 Becca Huffer 72-75 147 +3 (H-J)
T80 Clariss Guce 72-75 147 +3 (J-H)
T80 Lora Assad 72-75 147 +3 (J-H)
T80 Nicole Broch Larsen 69-78 147 +3 (J-H)
T94 Tiffany Chan (a) 77-71 148 +4 (H-J)
H – Hills Course, J – Jones Course
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2016 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifing School – Stage III
Round 2 Summary
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Purse: $50,000.00
Multiple Courses Par: 36 36 – 72 Yardage: 6566
POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
T94 Samantha Richdale 77-71 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Jiayi Zhou 77-71 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Erica Popson 76-72 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Casey Grice 76-72 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Katelyn Sepmoree 76-72 148 +4 (J-H)
T94 Kim Welch 75-73 148 +4 (J-H)
T94 Lauren Coughlin 75-73 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Lori Beth Adams 74-74 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Sara-Maude Juneau 74-74 148 +4 (J-H)
T94 Csicsi Rozsa 74-74 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Cindy LaCrosse 74-74 148 +4 (J-H)
T94 Hannah Burke 73-75 148 +4 (H-J)
T94 Nobuhle Dlamini 73-75 148 +4 (J-H)
T94 Stephanie Kono 72-76 148 +4 (J-H)
T94 Elizabeth Szokol 70-78 148 +4 (J-H)
T110 Shannon Fish 78-71 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Mia Piccio 78-71 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Emma Talley 76-73 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Marta Sanz Barrio 75-74 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Bertine Strauss 75-74 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Mindy Kim 75-74 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Lindsey Weaver 75-74 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Haeji Kang 75-74 149 +5 (J-H)
T110 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 74-75 149 +5 (H-J)
T110 Sophia Popov 74-75 149 +5 (J-H)
T110 Lorie Kane 73-76 149 +5 (H-J)
T121 Eleanor Givens 78-72 150 +6 (H-J)
T121 Nicole Jeray 77-73 150 +6 (J-H)
T121 Sierra Sims (a) 77-73 150 +6 (H-J)
T121 Avery George 73-77 150 +6 (J-H)
T125 Carlie Yadloczky 79-72 151 +7 (J-H)
T125 Kathleen Ekey 78-73 151 +7 (H-J)
T125 Marion Ricordeau 77-74 151 +7 (J-H)
T125 Alison Walshe 76-75 151 +7 (J-H)
T125 Karlin Beck 75-76 151 +7 (J-H)
T125 Daniela Iacobelli 73-78 151 +7 (J-H)
T125 Marianne Skarpnord 73-78 151 +7 (J-H)
T125 Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul 73-78 151 +7 (J-H)
T133 Cyna Rodriguez 83-69 152 +8 (H-J)
T133 Camilla Lennarth 81-71 152 +8 (H-J)
T133 Grace Na 80-72 152 +8 (H-J)
T133 Ashlan Ramsey 77-75 152 +8 (J-H)
T133 Erynne Lee 76-76 152 +8 (J-H)
T133 Augusta James 76-76 152 +8 (J-H)
T133 Kate Machado 75-77 152 +8 (J-H)
T133 Jamie Hullett 75-77 152 +8 (J-H)
T133 Rachel Rohanna 74-78 152 +8 (J-H)
H – Hills Course, J – Jones Course
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2016 LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifing School – Stage III
Round 2 Summary
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Purse: $50,000.00
Multiple Courses Par: 36 36 – 72 Yardage: 6566
POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR COURSE(S)
T142 Kylie Walker 81-72 153 +9 (H-J)
T142 Fabiola Arriaga 78-75 153 +9 (H-J)
T142 Sally Watson 77-76 153 +9 (H-J)
T142 Kaitlin Park 74-79 153 +9 (H-J)
T142 Lisa Ferrero 70-83 153 +9 (J-H)
T147 Hannah Collier 78-76 154 +10 (H-J)
T147 Monifa Sealy 78-76 154 +10 (H-J)
T147 Emily Penttil? 77-77 154 +10 (H-J)
T147 Savannah Vilaubi 74-80 154 +10 (J-H)
T151 Jane Rah 78-77 155 +11 (H-J)
T151 Manuela Carbajo Re 77-78 155 +11 (J-H)
T151 Ashleigh Albrecht 76-79 155 +11 (J-H)
T151 Isi Gabsa 73-82 155 +11 (J-H)
T151 Amber Hensley 73-82 155 +11 (H-J)
156 Silvia Cavalleri 79-81 160 +16 (J-H)
H – Hills Course, J – Jones Course
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