LPGA Q-School: Nagel takes first-round lead

Liz Nagel, a recent Michigan State graduate, took the first-round lead at Stage 1 of LPGA Q-School.
Liz Nagel, a recent Michigan State graduate, took the first-round lead at Stage 1 of LPGA Q-School. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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The three-tiered LPGA Qualifying Tournament has begun at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Liz Nagel is in good position early on.

Nagel fired a 6-under 66 in the first round of the 72-hole tournament, taking the lead over a group of three at 4 under.

The top 100 players and ties out of the field of 285 will advance to the second stage, which will be held at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla., Sept. 30–Oct. 4. The field is playing both the 6,525-yard Palmer Course and the 6,544-yard Dinah Shore course this week at Mission Hills.

Nagel, who recently graduated from Michigan State, came out of the gates strong with five birdies over her first six holes on the Palmer Course.

“With so many girls it’s really just about you and the golf course. We call it our own little bubble and we just tried to stay in our bubble and worry about ourselves," Nagel said in a release. "I obviously can’t control what 280 other girls are doing so I just wanted to do my best. We said a lot of pars and sprinkle in some birdies and I made eight birdies which was great. My putts were falling so it was fun and just steady.”

She is trailed by Annie Park, Emily Tubert and Natalia Ghilzon, who carded 4-under 68s.