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Wie four off lead at LPGA Q-School

ASSOCIATED PRESS

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Michelle Wie shot a 2-under 70 to begin the LPGA sectional qualifying tournament Tuesday, then declined to talk to reporters about the round that put her in solid position in the 164-player field.

The 18-year-old Wie made her debut in the qualifying process with five birdies and three bogeys on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, where she has finished in the top 10 in three of her four starts in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Despite the strong start in the 72-hole qualifying event, Wie emerged from the scoring room and informed her agent that she wouldn’t do any interviews until Friday’s final round. She later refused to talk to reporters as she went to the putting green for practice.

Wie’s 70 put her four shots behind Sun-Ju Ahn of South Korea. Ahn, one of 12 Korean players in the field, had six birdies and no bogeys in her round and is three shots ahead of a group of six players at 69. Wie is in a group at 70 that includes Stacy Lewis, who tied for third in the U.S. Women’s Open in June.

Lewis had five birdies and three bogeys on the Palmer Course, where half the field played Tuesday. Golfers will switch courses Wednesday before the 36-hole cut to the low 70 players and ties. The final two rounds will be on the Shore Course, with the low 30 players and ties advancing to the final qualifying event in December.

Wie, whose best round on the Shore Course in the Kraft Nabisco is 66, could have been closer to the lead in her round on a day when temperatures hovered around 100 degrees under good scoring conditions. She three-putted from about 60 feet from just off the fringe on the par-4 16th, then later missed a two-foot par putt on the par-4 seventh. But she finished her round with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth hole.

Both Wie and Lewis tried to qualify for the LPGA this year through earnings in their sponsor’s exemption appearances. But neither earned enough to match 80th place on the tour’s official money list, the level needed for an exemption. Lewis earnings’ in the U.S. Open did not count toward her LPGA earnings.

Scores with relation to par from the first round of LPGA Q-School sectional qualifying, held Sept. 16 at the par-72 Dinah Shore and Palmer courses at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Sun-Ju Ahn 66

    -6 2. a-Leanne Bowditch 69

    -3 2. Miki Saiki 69

    -3 2. a-Garrett Phillips 69

    -3 2. Shiho Oyama 69

    -3 2. Jennifer Ackerson 69

    -3 2. Kristie Smith 69

    -3 8. Michelle Wie 70

    -2 8. Martina Eberl 70

    -2 8. Stacy Lewis 70

    -2 8. a-Anna Nordqvist 70

    -2 12. Sae Hee Son 71

    -1 12. Shayna Miyajima 71

    -1 12. Aimee Cho 71

    -1 12. a-Jamie Park 71

    -1 12. a-Alison Walshe 71

    -1 12. Megan Heckeroth 71

    -1 12. Noon Huachai 71

    -1 12. Briana Vega 71

    -1 12. Shinah Ham 71

    -1 12. Dana Bates 71

    -1 12. Hanna Kang 71

    -1 12. Moon Su Kim 71

    -1 12. Caryn Wilson 71

    -1 12. Angela Buzminski 71

    -1 26. Jean Reynolds 72

    E 26. Stacy Bregman 72

    E 26. Gina Umeck 72

    E 26. Whitney Wade 72

    E 26. Christine Cho 72

    E 26. Elizabeth Stuart 72

    E 26. Jenna Pearson 72

    E 26. Trisha Self 72

    E 26. Vikki Laing 72

    E 35. Erin Houtsma 73
    + 1 35. Tania Elosegui 73
    + 1 35. Perry Swenson 73
    + 1 35. Annie Thurman-Young 73
    + 1 35. Yeon Joo Lee 73
    + 1 35. Rebecka Heinmert 73
    + 1 35. Christina Lecuyer 73
    + 1 35. Ashley Prange 73
    + 1 35. Becky Brewerton 73
    + 1 35. a-Mika Miyazato 73
    + 1 35. Danah Ford 73
    + 1 35. a-Paola Moreno 73
    + 1 35. Maru Martinez 73
    + 1 35. Nontaya Srisawang 73
    + 1 49. Corina Kelepouris 74
    + 2 49. Lisa Meldrum 74
    + 2 49. Andrea Vanderlende 74
    + 2 49. a-Mitsuki Katahira 74
    + 2 49. Beatriz Recari 74
    + 2 49. Melissa Reid 74
    + 2 49. Izzy Beisiegel 74
    + 2 49. Sasha Medina 74
    + 2 49. Sara Brown 74
    + 2 49. Samantha Richdale 74
    + 2 49. Yoora Kim 74
    + 2 49. Susan Nam 74
    + 2 61. Adrienne McDonald 75
    + 3 61. LeAnna Wicks 75
    + 3 61. Libby Smith 75
    + 3 61. Moah Chang 75
    + 3 61. Alison Curdt 75
    + 3 61. Henni Zuel 75
    + 3 61. Misun Cho 75
    + 3 61. Priscilla Duffield 75
    + 3 61. a-Veronica Felibert 75
    + 3 61. Ashley Knoll 75
    + 3 61. Tiffany Faucette 75
    + 3 61. a-Daria Cummings 75
    + 3 61. Jennifer Kovach 75
    + 3 61. Chella Choi 75
    + 3 61. a-Haley Brown 75
    + 3 61. Jenny Suh 75
    + 3 61. Catherine Matranga 75
    + 3 61. Taya Battistella 75
    + 3 61. a-Lacey Jones 75
    + 3 61. Sarah Tiller 75
    + 3 61. Janell Howland 75
    + 3 61. a-Rebecca Kim 75
    + 3 83. Marcela Leon 76
    + 4 83. Porani Chutichai 76
    + 4 83. Eileen Vargas 76
    + 4 83. Elise Brandt 76
    + 4 83. Tiffany Prats 76
    + 4 83. Carrie Morris (a) 76
    + 4 83. a-Tzu-Chi Lin 76
    + 4 83. Christi Cano 76
    + 4 83. Elisa Serramia 76
    + 4 83. Esther Choe 76
    + 4 83. Y.J. Jin 76
    + 4 83. Seema Sadekar 76
    + 4 83. a-Michaela Cavener 76
    + 4 83. Jessica Carafiello 76
    + 4 83. Jaclyn Burch 76
    + 4 98. Andia Winslow 77
    + 5 98. Caroline Park 77
    + 5 98. a-Dewi Claire Schreefel 77
    + 5 98. Nina Rodriguez 77
    + 5 98. Katrina Leckovic 77
    + 5 98. Tanya Dergal 77
    + 5 98. a-Lucy Davies 77
    + 5 98. a-Kelly Nakashima 77
    + 5 98. Christin Thompson 77
    + 5 98. Ashley Rollins 77
    + 5 98. Tiffany Tavee 77
    + 5 98. Meghan Little 77
    + 5 98. Kelly Lagedrost 77
    + 5 98. Debbie Munoz 77
    + 5 98. Kim Augusta 77
    + 5 98. Jeehae Lee 77
    + 5 98. Min Seo Kwak 77
    + 5 98. Bridget Keala Dwyer 77
    + 5 98. Heather Angell 77
    + 5 98. Natalie Tucker 77
    + 5 98. Kiran Matharu 77
    + 5 98. Jeannine Fiorito 77
    + 5 120. Maggie Simons 78
    + 6 120. Alice Kim 78
    + 6 120. Jasi Acharya 78
    + 6 120. Courtney Erdman 78
    + 6 120. a-Chihi Chu 78
    + 6 120. Remi Jin Camping 78
    + 6 120. Pornanong Phatlum 78
    + 6 120. Whitney Myers 78
    + 6 120. Soyeon Lim 78
    + 6 120. a-Tracy Nichols 78
    + 6 120. Marina Choi 78
    + 6 120. a-Clare Choi 78
    + 6 120. Amber Prange 78
    + 6 120. Ashley Gomes 78
    + 6 134. Karlie Ward 79
    + 7 134. Elena Kurokawa 79
    + 7 134. Amy Schmucker 79
    + 7 134. Grace Woo 79
    + 7 134. Selanee Henderson 79
    + 7 134. Yumi Lee 79
    + 7 134. a-Masayo Yonamine 79
    + 7 134. Hoi Ning Eva Yoe 79
    + 7 134. Juli Erekson 79
    + 7 134. a-Sophie Jang 79
    + 7 134. a-Margaret Shirley 79
    + 7 134. Ashley Grier 79
    + 7 134. Jillian Wyne 79
    + 7 134. Lynn Valentine 79
    + 7 148. a-Kathy Schowe 80
    + 8 148. Erika Ilagan 80
    + 8 148. a-Nicole Wildes 80
    + 8 148. Vanessa Brockett 80
    + 8 148. Jin Hyun Kim 80
    + 8 148. Tiffany Chudy 80
    + 8 148. Carling Coffing 80
    + 8 148. Megan Godfrey 80
    + 8 156. a-Justina Yu 81
    + 9 156. a-Lilly Kobayashi 81
    + 9 158. Patty Schremmer 82
    + 10 159. Sunny Park 83
    + 11 160. a-Susanna Lee 86
    + 14 161. Onike Williams 87
    + 15 WD. Sabina Imboden WD

    WD WD. a-Iris Chung WD

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