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Rawson leads at LPGA Q-School

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Australian Anna Rawson shot a tournament-low 5-under 67 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament. She’s a shot ahead of Ashleigh Simon of South Africa and Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

After two birdies on the front nine, Rawson birdied Nos. 12, 14, 15, 17 and 18.

“I felt like the ball was on a leash,” Rawson said. “It was straight down the middle and straight at the pin. I felt really comfortable with my putts and they dropped today.”

Rawson, who is attempting to qualify for the LPGA for the fourth time, played 17 events on the Duramed Futures Tour in 2005 before moving to the Ladies European Tour. Her best career professional finish was a second-place showing at the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open in May.

“I’m hitting the ball so much further than I ever have,” said Rawson. “These courses used to intimidate me. I’d hit 4-irons and 3-irons, but the longest club I hit today was 5-iron. My game has improved so much and it feels really good.”

Simon shot 1-under 71 to move into a tie for second place at 3 under. She turned pro in May and won a Ladies European Tour event a month later.

“I’m coming in here to try to get a top-30 spot,” she said. “I’m not going out tomorrow to try to shoot lights out. I’ll just try to play level golf. It doesn’t matter where you finish, as long as you get to Daytona.”

– Information from the LPGA was used in this report.

Scores with relation to par from the thirdround of LPGA Sectional Qualifying, played Sept. 21 at Mission Hills CountryClub’s par-72 Dinah Shore Course in RanchoMirage, Calif. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Anna Rawson 71-74-67–212

    -4 2. Yani Tseng 72-68-73–213

    -3 2. Ashleigh Simon 73-69-71–213

    -3 4. Kelly Lagedrost 68-72-74–214

    -2 4. Emma Cabrera-Bello 73-70-71–214

    -2 4. a-Kristie Smith 73-70-71–214

    -2 7. Song Yi Choi 69-73-73–215

    -1 7. Amy Yang 73-72-70–215

    -1 7. Jin Hyun Kim 75-71-69–215

    -1 10. Jennifer Ackerson 69-73-74–216

    E 10. Hwan Hee Lee 70-73-73–216

    E 12. Annie Young 72-70-75–217
    + 1 12. Amie Cochran 67-80-70–217
    + 1 14. Helen Oh 73-73-72–218
    + 2 14. Louise Friberg 74-73-71–218
    + 2 14. Whitney Wade 72-71-75–218
    + 2 14. Nontaya Srisawang 71-74-73–218
    + 2 14. Christina Lecuyer 76-72-70–218
    + 2 14. Meghan Little 77-73-68–218
    + 2 14. a-Dana Je 75-72-71–218
    + 2 14. Sarah-Jane Kenyon 72-76-70–218
    + 2 22. Shinah Ham 74-72-73–219
    + 3 22. Ashley Knoll 71-74-74–219
    + 3 22. Nikki Garrett 72-72-75–219
    + 3 22. Nicole Hage 69-78-72–219
    + 3 22. Kiran Matharu 77-72-70–219
    + 3 22. Danah Ford 73-74-72–219
    + 3 22. May Wood 73-74-72–219
    + 3 29. Samantha Head 73-73-74–220
    + 4 29. Hannah Jun 70-76-74–220
    + 4 29. a-Priscilla Duffield 70-74-76–220
    + 4 29. Eileen Vargas 77-72-71–220
    + 4 29. Catherine Matranga 74-73-73–220
    + 4 29. Amy Schmucker 72-75-73–220
    + 4 35. Russy Gulyanamitta 76-71-74–221
    + 5 35. a-Shanshan Feng 73-75-73–221
    + 5 35. Tiffany Tavee 72-75-74–221
    + 5 35. D'Rae Ward 72-73-76–221
    + 5 35. Joanne Mills 71-75-75–221
    + 5 35. Kelly Froelich 73-75-73–221
    + 5 35. Carolina Llano 73-77-71–221
    + 5 35. Hiroko Fujishima 75-75-71–221
    + 5 35. Caryn Wilson 75-74-72–221
    + 5 35. Anja Monke 73-75-73–221
    + 5 35. Sarah Kemp 74-75-72–221
    + 5 46. Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff 75-73-74–222
    + 6 46. Katie Allison 68-76-78–222
    + 6 46. Esther Choe 78-71-73–222
    + 6 46. Rachel Bailey 72-77-73–222
    + 6 50. Misun Cho 75-73-75–223
    + 7 50. Nicole Melton 73-75-75–223
    + 7 50. Rachel Newren 71-77-75–223
    + 7 50. Chris Brady 77-73-73–223
    + 7 50. Lauren Espinosa 73-77-73–223
    + 7 50. Yoo Lee Kim 75-74-74–223
    + 7 56. a-Meghan Bolger 77-73-74–224
    + 8 56. Ashley Gomes 73-75-76–224
    + 8 56. Jenny Suh 71-77-76–224
    + 8 56. Lauren Todd 70-75-79–224
    + 8 56. Marcela Leon 75-75-74–224
    + 8 56. Joanna Whitley 77-71-76–224
    + 8 56. Cortney Reno 74-74-76–224
    + 8 63. Anna Temple 76-73-76–225
    + 9 63. Chris Newton 75-74-76–225
    + 9 63. Jennifer Greggain 73-76-76–225
    + 9 63. Alice Kim 73-77-75–225
    + 9 63. Yoora Kim 73-77-75–225
    + 9 63. a-Lili Alvarez 77-72-76–225
    + 9 63. Krystal Shearer 74-74-77–225
    + 9 63. Kim Welch 72-75-78–225
    + 9 63. Jenna Pearson 73-74-78–225
    + 9 72. Leah Hart 76-73-77–226
    + 10 72. Jana Peterkova 72-76-78–226
    + 10 72. Porani Chutichai 75-75-76–226
    + 10 72. Bridget Keala Dwyer 73-77-76–226
    + 10 76. Ulrika Ljungman-Smith 74-76-77–227
    + 11 76. Randi Meadows 75-75-77–227
    + 11 76. Taya Battistella 74-75-78–227
    + 11 76. Leah Wigger 75-74-78–227
    + 11 80. Michelle Simpson 74-72-82–228
    + 12 80. Libby Smith 75-74-79–228
    + 12 80. Corina Kelepouris 74-76-78–228
    + 12 83. a-Benedikte B. Grotvedt 72-78-79–229
    + 13 • • •

    Missed the cut

    84. a-Jaclyn Sweeney 71-80–151
    + 7 84. Seema Sadekar 73-78–151
    + 7 84. Sarah Oh 73-78–151
    + 7 84. Lori Atsedes 74-77–151
    + 7 84. Kwan-Chih Lu 76-75–151
    + 7 84. Mo Martin 76-75–151
    + 7 84. Britney Hayes 77-74–151
    + 7 84. Karlie Ward 79-72–151
    + 7 84. Tanya Dergal 78-73–151
    + 7 84. Stephanie Dukes 74-77–151
    + 7 84. Pornanong Phatlum 74-77–151
    + 7 84. Walailak Satarak 74-77–151
    + 7 84. a-Jean Reynolds 75-76–151
    + 7 84. Erin Kerr 75-76–151
    + 7 98. Anna Grzebien 80-72–152
    + 8 98. Vanessa Brockett 79-73–152
    + 8 98. Jeehae Lee 75-77–152
    + 8 98. Charlotte Campbell 75-77–152
    + 8 98. Sarah Tiller 76-76–152
    + 8 98. Angela Buzminski 78-74–152
    + 8 98. Jessica Shepley 76-76–152
    + 8 98. Mary K. Moan 75-77–152
    + 8 98. a-Gerina Mendoza 75-77–152
    + 8 98. Heather Angell 74-78–152
    + 8 108. Mindy Kim 74-79–153
    + 9 108. Shayne Miyajima 73-80–153
    + 9 108. Jaclyn Burch 76-77–153
    + 9 108. Jessica Carafiello 79-74–153
    + 9 108. Yun-Yan Bai 79-74–153
    + 9 108. Rungthiwa Pangjan 81-72–153
    + 9 108. Kelly Cavanaugh 76-77–153
    + 9 108. Julie Wells 76-77–153
    + 9 108. Grace Woo 76-77–153
    + 9 108. a-Hana Young 78-75–153
    + 9 108. Perry Swenson 78-75–153
    + 9 119. Adrienne White 80-74–154
    + 10 119. Kim Augusta 80-74–154
    + 10 119. a-Emily Tankey 81-73–154
    + 10 119. Samantha Richdale 74-80–154
    + 10 119. Tiranan Yoopan 71-83–154
    + 10 119. Maggie Simons 76-78–154
    + 10 119. Eom Ji Park 78-76–154
    + 10 119. Kim Kouwabunpat 77-77–154
    + 10 127. a-Reana Yun 80-75–155
    + 11 127. Kuan-pei Chen 76-79–155
    + 11 129. Johnna Jae Nealy 77-79–156
    + 12 129. a-Stacey Tate 73-83–156
    + 12 129. a-M.J. Hur 78-78–156
    + 12 129. Nicole Keller 82-74–156
    + 12 129. Bri Vega 82-74–156
    + 12 129. Angela Won 82-74–156
    + 12 129. Amanda McCurdy 79-77–156
    + 12 129. Elena Kurokawa 78-78–156
    + 12 129. Cindy Lee-Pridgen 79-77–156
    + 12 129. Megan Godfrey 81-75–156
    + 12 129. Leah Whiting 81-75–156
    + 12 140. Jeannine Fiorito 80-77–157
    + 13 140. Adrienne Gautreaux 78-79–157
    + 13 140. Sofie Andersson 81-76–157
    + 13 140. a-Miho Murata 78-79–157
    + 13 140. Anastasia Kostina 78-79–157
    + 13 145. Salimah Mussani 79-79–158
    + 14 145. Deanna Slaman 78-80–158
    + 14 145. Cathie Williamson 81-77–158
    + 14 145. Hanna Kang 75-83–158
    + 14 149. a-Stefanie Page 81-78–159
    + 15 149. a-Tracy Nichols 81-78–159
    + 15 149. Tasha Browner 83-76–159
    + 15 149. Sam White 83-76–159
    + 15 153. Jamie Stevenson 83-77–160
    + 16 153. Elise Brandt 80-80–160
    + 16 153. Kelly Schaub 79-81–160
    + 16 156. a-Courtney Mahon 77-84–161
    + 17 156. Stella Lee 81-80–161
    + 17 158. Andia Winslow 77-85–162
    + 18 158. Jennifer Kovach 80-82–162
    + 18 158. a-Jenny Schneider 77-85–162
    + 18 158. Sasha Medina 81-81–162
    + 18 158. Filippa McDougall 85-77–162
    + 18 163. Alana Condon 84-79–163
    + 19 164. Polly Travica 82-82–164
    + 20 165. Hyun-Hwa Sim 85-81–166
    + 22 166. Lauren Cheves 86-82–168
    + 24 167. Meghan Trainor 87-85–172
    + 28 168. a-Lynettte West 88-86–174
    + 30 169. Sabina Imboden 89-87–176
    + 32

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