Notebook: Green opens with a 70 at LPGA Q-School
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jaye Marie Green has a 12-foot-long putting green in her garage at home in Boca Raton. She and her brother used to skateboard and rollerblade on it as kids, but now Green, funny enough, takes her custom green a little more seriously.
“I have to make 100 putts before I go to bed,” she said.
Green, 18, carded a 70 to start the first stage of LPGA Q-School. She could’ve taken it deeper had a few more putts fallen, but Green learned from her father never to complain about the greens.
“If you leave the greens alone, they’ll leave you alone,” Jaye Marie said.
Green, who has received more attention since finishing runner-up to Lydia Ko at the U.S. Women’s Amateur last month, is playing this week as an amateur. She’ll play the next two weeks on the Symetra Tour, unless she gets a sponsor exemption into the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sept. 20-23.
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BACK TO 'WORK': Allie White decided she wanted to be a camp counselor after she finished her degree in English at North Carolina. She found California’s Camp Kennolyn during a Google search and spent two months of her summer vacation mentoring our nation’s youth. No surprise, but all the kids wanted her “OHIO Farmer” hat.
“Wouldn’t that be the first thing you’d want to do after college?” White asked with a big grin.
She taught one 45-minute class on golf during the camp and had a good laugh when she turned around to find her foreign students building sand castles.
White returned to “work” two weeks before the start of LPGA Q-School. She did two-a-days at the course to get ready and opened with an even-par 72.
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BACK AT IT: Tiffany Lua survived her first competitive round since the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in June. Lua suffered a minor tear in her left wrist at NCAA regionals in May and played through the pain. She rested it after the Women's Amateur Public Links and then attempted to play the U.S. Women’s Amateur in August but was forced to withdraw midway through the first round.
Lua, a senior at UCLA, arrived in Daytona Beach early so that she could play nine-hole practice rounds over the two courses. She opened with a 75 on the Champions Course.
“I’m a little rusty in scoring,” said Lua, who had played in only a handful of 18-hole rounds before Tuesday. She had a cortisone shot two weeks ago.
Lua’s college roommate, Lee Lopez, shot 72.
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SHORT SHOTS: Ohio State’s Rachel Rohanna leads the field by two after an opening 65 on the Legends Course. Only 33 players broke par in a field of 240. … Brooke Pancake received a sponsor invite to play in this week’s LPGA Kingsmill Championship but had to turn it down. The recent graduate of national-champion Alabama shot 71 on the Legends Course. She’s hoping to receive a sponsor invite into the Navistar later this month. …Alexandrea Schulte was disqualified for using a range finder. … Twelve players shot 88 or higher and won’t be eligible to return for Round 2. The LPGA’s “88 rule” is in effect this week.