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LPGA: Janangelo’s prep work pays off

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By BETH ANN BALDRY
Senior Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Liz Janangelo didn’t make it to Sunday last year at LPGA Q-School. It was a surprising finish from a player who enjoyed immense success as a junior and then later as a member of the Duke dynasty.

This year, Janangelo decided to go about things a little bit differently and so far it’s paying off nicely. Janangelo is tied for 11th at 4-under 284 Dec. 1 after rounds of 70-71-70-73. Seventeen players will earn tour cards following Sunday’s final round over LPGA International’s Legends Course.

After finishing in the dreaded sixth position on the Duramed Futures Tour money list this season, Janangelo headed to Estero, Fla., at the start of November to begin working on Bermuda greens. Last year the Connecticut native spent the winter in Florida at Red Stick Golf Club practicing on Bentgrass, not a good place to study for her final exam.

Heading into the week Janangelo played a warm-up event on the SunCoast Series at LPGA International. But instead of aiming to win the tournament, Janangelo worked on hitting shots under pressure that she might face in Q-School, regardless of whether or not it was good for her score.

The numbers last week were so insignificant Janangelo couldn’t even recall them – “a lot over.” She actually tied for 25th after rounds of 77-78-75. But that’s not the point.

“I think it helped me a lot,” said Janangelo of the unorthodox tournament approach. “In the scheme of things that event didn’t really matter.

One thing she did keep the same as last year is her caddie, veteran Worth Blackwelder. The two met several years ago at the U.S. Women’s Open when Blackwelder was caddying for Cristie Kerr.

“I certainly believe in Worth,” Janangelo said. “I think the biggest thing is that he can read Bermuda greens. He just tells me what to do and I do it.”

Easy street: Jane Park said she’s never been more comfortable at such a pressure-packed event. After carding her fourth consecutive round under par (68), Park now leads the field by six strokes at 14-under 274.

“I’m just on cruise control,” Park said. “This is the most prepared that I’ve ever been for a tournament.”

Extra incentive: Yani Tseng, 18, posted the day’s low round, 66. The Taiwanese teen is in fourth place at 281. Her U.S. guardian, Ernie Huang, told her they’d go Christmas shopping if she notched six birdies in the fourth round. Tseng poured in seven.

“I can relax more,” said a smiling Tseng after the round, no doubt thinking of her wish list.

History lesson: Should amateur Shanshan Feng, 18, earn her card Sunday, she’d become the first woman from China to hold exempt status on the LPGA. Feng carded a 1-under 71 Saturday and is in a four-way tie for 16th at 3 under.

Down and out: Paige Mackenzie gave it a valiant effort with a 3-under 69, but it wasn’t enough to make the cut. The Washington grad finished at 8-over 296, missing the cut by two along with good friend Irene Cho (70). Other notables to hit the road early were Beth Bauer (+14), Jean Bartholomew (+7), Eileen Vargas (+7) and Ashley Prange (+11).

What you need to know: Veteran Q-School caddies refer to the scoreboard on Sunday as the “Wailing Wall.” Plenty of tears have flowed in front of that board over the years, and tomorrow won’t be an exception.

Quote of the day: “My life is over,” – Amie Cochran after her triple-bogey on the last hole (Legends No. 9) to shoot 77.

Scores with relation to par from the fourthround of LPGA Q-School, played Dec. 1 at LPGA International's par-72Legends Course and par-72 Champions Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.(Note: a-amateur; top 17 players earn fully exempt status, next 35 andties earn non-exempt status):

1. Jane Park 65-70-71-68–274
-14 2. Su A Kim 70-72-70-68–280
-8 2. Hee Young Park 72-67-74-67–280
-8 4. Yani Tseng 70-73-72-66–281
-7 5. Meredith Duncan 69-71-71-71–282
-6 5. Carolina Llano 69-71-69-73–282
-6 5. Taylor Leon 73-71-68-70–282
-6 5. Ashleigh Simon 70-70-72-70–282
-6 9. Sophie Giquel 72-70-71-70–283
-5 9. Louise Friberg 71-73-71-68–283
-5 11. Liz Janangelo 70-71-70-73–284
-4 11. Kelli Kuehne 67-71-70-76–284
-4 11. Nicole Hage 71-72-68-73–284
-4 11. Beth Allen 71-71-71-71–284
-4 11. Russy Gulyanamitta 69-72-72-71–284
-4 16. Jacqueline Yang 69-73-71-72–285
-3 16. Hannah Jun 73-67-71-74–285
-3 16. Sarah-Jane Kenyon 73-71-71-70–285
-3 16. a-Shanshan Feng 72-72-70-71–285
-3 20. Becky Lucidi 72-71-70-73–286
-2 20. Danielle Downey 72-71-71-72–286
-2 22. Sarah Kemp 71-70-74-72–287
-1 22. Anna Grzebien 70-72-70-75–287
-1 22. a-Sandra Gal 76-70-72-69–287
-1 22. Jeanne Cho-Hunicke 71-76-72-68–287
-1 22. Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 74-71-74-68–287
-1 27. Tracy Hanson 73-66-74-75–288
E 27. Angela Jerman 72-73-67-76–288
E 27. Eun Jung Yi 73-72-70-73–288
E 27. Louise Stahle 75-72-71-70–288
E 27. Anna Rawson 72-73-72-71–288
E 32. V. Nirapathpongporn 71-72-72-74–289 + 1 32. Nina Reis 73-71-70-75–289 + 1 32. Audra Burks 74-73-69-73–289 + 1 32. Song Hee Kim 74-68-77-70–289 + 1 32. Sarah Oh 70-76-72-71–289 + 1 37. Sofie Andersson 73-69-74-74–290 + 2 37. Maru Martinez 72-71-72-75–290 + 2 37. Na Yeon Choi 68-74-73-75–290 + 2 37. Anja Monke 72-70-76-72–290 + 2 37. Kristen Samp 74-73-74-69–290 + 2 37. Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff 69-74-76-71–290 + 2 37. Leah Wigger 72-73-73-72–290 + 2 44. Michelle Ellis 75-71-71-74–291 + 3 44. Lisa Fernandes 74-73-68-76–291 + 3 44. Na Ri Kim 74-73-72-72–291 + 3 44. Simi Mehra 73-74-72-72–291 + 3 48. Clarissa Childs 71-73-74-74–292 + 4 48. Brandi Jackson 77-68-73-74–292 + 4 48. Amy Yang 72-73-70-77–292 + 4 48. Hwan Hee Lee 70-71-73-78–292 + 4 48. Emma Cabrera-Bello 73-69-72-78–292 + 4 48. Cindy Pasechnik 73-69-77-73–292 + 4 48. Jimin Jeong 74-74-73-71–292 + 4 48. Tiffany Tavee 77-71-73-71–292 + 4 48. Nontaya Srisawang 73-71-77-71–292 + 4 48. Onnarin Sattayabanphot 74-71-74-73–292 + 4 48. a-Kristie Smith 74-74-71-73–292 + 4 59. May Wood 72-71-76-74–293 + 5 59. Sarah Lynn Sargent 69-71-77-76–293 + 5 59. Kristina Tucker 70-76-70-77–293 + 5 59. Jennifer Greggain 73-74-75-71–293 + 5 59. Nicole Jeray 74-71-74-74–293 + 5 59. Hana Kim 71-74-74-74–293 + 5 65. Jennifer Gleason 73-72-73-76–294 + 6 65. Amie Cochran 72-70-75-77–294 + 6 65. Chris Brady 75-70-68-81–294 + 6 65. Joanne Morley 76-76-73-69–294 + 6 65. Song Choi 77-71-77-69–294 + 6 65. Allison Hanna-Williams 74-71-75-74–294 + 6 • • •

Missed the cut

71. Samantha Head 73-74-76-72–295 + 7 71. Hanna Kang 73-76-74-72–295 + 7 71. Annie Young 79-72-74-70–295 + 7 71. Yeon Joo Lee 74-75-72-74–295 + 7 71. Eileen Vargas 73-70-76-76–295 + 7 71. Dana Je 77-72-70-76–295 + 7 71. Jean Bartholomew 76-72-73-74–295 + 7 78. LeAnna Wicks 77-71-72-76–296 + 8 78. Misun Cho 73-74-76-73–296 + 8 78. Irene Cho 73-76-77-70–296 + 8 78. Paula Marti 75-72-73-76–296 + 8 78. Adrienne White 70-74-74-78–296 + 8 78. Paige Mackenzie 75-74-78-69–296 + 8 84. Whitney Wade 75-75-75-72–297 + 9 84. Vikki Laing 76-77-74-70–297 + 9 84. Sarah Huarte 74-74-77-72–297 + 9 84. Rachel Bailey 72-74-74-77–297 + 9 84. Catherine Matranga 74-75-74-74–297 + 9 84. Janell Howland 74-72-78-73–297 + 9 90. Mo Martin 77-71-77-73–298 + 10 90. Kelly Lagedrost 76-71-76-75–298 + 10 90. Sophia Sheridan 76-73-74-75–298 + 10 90. D'Rae Ward 78-72-74-74–298 + 10 94. Jennifer Ackerson 74-75-76-74–299 + 11 94. Kim Welch 76-73-76-74–299 + 11 94. Pornanong Phatlum 75-78-71-75–299 + 11 94. Christina Lecuyer 71-72-78-78–299 + 11 94. Kelly Cap 74-73-75-77–299 + 11 94. Shinah Ham 81-71-72-75–299 + 11 94. Ashley Prange 76-73-76-74–299 + 11 101. Lauren Espinosa 75-71-76-78–300 + 12 101. Jamie Hullett 71-73-79-77–300 + 12 101. Kim Williams 74-73-77-76–300 + 12 101. Riko Higashio 76-74-76-74–300 + 12 101. Jin Y. Pak 76-75-77-72–300 + 12 106. Celeste Troche 74-78-71-78–301 + 13 106. Mandy Goins 73-75-80-73–301 + 13 106. Lori Atsedes 75-74-76-76–301 + 13 106. Isabelle Beisiegel 76-73-77-75–301 + 13 106. Siew-Ai Lim 76-74-76-75–301 + 13 111. Angie Hill 76-76-76-74–302 + 14 111. Beth Bauer 76-77-75-74–302 + 14 111. Nikki Garrett 70-83-77-72–302 + 14 111. Brooke Tull 74-78-71-79–302 + 14 115. Leah Hart 74-79-76-74–303 + 15 115. Jin Hyun Kim 77-78-74-74–303 + 15 115. Lisa Ferrero 79-74-78-72–303 + 15 115. Sae Hee Son 75-77-77-74–303 + 15 119. A.J. Eathorne 73-77-77-77–304 + 16 119. Lee-Anne Pace 81-74-72-77–304 + 16 119. Patricia Baxter-Johnson 79-79-71-75–304 + 16 119. Anastasia Kostina 77-71-77-79–304 + 16 119. Hana Chae 76-72-73-83–304 + 16 124. Kiran Matharu 83-74-71-77–305 + 17 124. Michelle Simpson 76-77-77-75–305 + 17 124. Danah Ford 81-75-75-74–305 + 17 127. a-Manuela Maria Tarazona 78-76-76-76–306 + 18 128. Ashley Gomes 78-74-81-76–309 + 21 128. Caryn Wilson 76-80-77-76–309 + 21 128. Vanessa Brockett 79-77-74-79–309 + 21 128. Christi Cano 71-78-80-80–309 + 21 132. Shayna Miyajima 80-73-80-78–311 + 23 133. Caroline Larsson 76-81-86-79–322 + 34 134. Diane Irvin 83-76-75-WD

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