The first stage of LPGA Q-School is underway in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and everyone will leave the desert with some kind of status. Players who complete 72 holes this week will receive Symetra Tour status for 2014. The top 100 advance to the second stage Oct. 8-11 at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.
Angela Park, a former LPGA Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year, made an appearance at Mission Hills after taking off several years from the tour. Park, runner-up to Cristie Kerr at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, shot 82-79 to start the four-day event.
Purdue grad Laura Gonzalez Escallon leads the field at 9-under 135 while U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Yueer “Cindy” Feng is second, five shots back. Feng is playing this week as an amateur.
Other notables in the field include Cheyenne Woods (T-4) and Madison Pressel (T-92), Morgan’s younger sister.