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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Krystle moves up with a 70 at LET Q School Stage 1

Caithness shows her class in

second round at La Manga

Krystle Caithness moved up to joint 13th place in the field of 104 players with a great round of three-under-par 70 over the more difficult South Course on the second day of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School Stage 1 competition at La Manga in south-east Spain today.
The Fifer, pictured right with Curtis Cup "war paint" on her cheeks, will be 20 on January 21. She looked a different player from the one who started with a seven-over-par 78 over the shorter North Course on Wednesday.
Caithness, who quit her Georgia University golf scholarship in early December, was four under-par at one stage after birdies at the two short holes (the second and 12th) and two long holes (the ninth and 13th).
She dropped her one and only shot to par at the 15th but with a 36-hole tally of 148 she is looking good to be high up among the leading 62 players who will advance after Saturday's fourth round to next week's Final Q School at the same venue.
Musselburgh exile Vikki Laing, disqualified at last month's LPGA Tour School for signing for a wrong figure, really needs to earn some sort of Tour status on this side of the Atlantic. It really was a game of two halves for the US-based Scot today.
Vikki had a second-round 74 over the South Course after reaching the turn in five-under-par 32 but taking 42 shots to come home, including a quadruple bogey 8 at the 11th.
Pamela Feggans from Patna, Ayrshire, like Laing, has played all her pro golf in the United States. She had a 77 today for 152.
Scottish amateur champion Michele Thomson from Ellon is finding birdies hard to come by but a three-over-par 74 at the North Course gave her a two-round tally of nine-over-par 153. Ten over par is the forecast cut-off figure after Saturday's fourth round.
Michele birdied the first and then bogeyed the second, 11th, 12th and 17th.
All the other Scots are on the wrong side of the forecast cut-off figure of 10 over par. Kylie Walker from Buchanan Castle is on 12-over-156 after a pair of 78s; Emily Ogilvy (Auchterarder) is on 15-over 159 after an 82 in the second round; Karyn Burns (Mearns Castle Golf Academy), obviously short of tournament play after years of coaching, is on 23-over 167. She had an 83 today.
Ladybank's Jocelyn Carthew retired after an opening round of 90.
Four players are setting the pace on one-under-par 143 - British women's open amateur champion Anna Nordqvist from Sweden, now a professional, and Julie Granada (Paraguay), Maria Ringdahl (Swedeny) and Dutch amateur Christel Boeljon.