Stanford grads Kim, Stackhouse survive first stage of qualifying


Stanford grads Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse each survived the first stage of the LPGA/Symetra Tour Qualifying School by finishing among the top 90 of the 340 women (347 total) who teed off on Thursday at Rancho Mirage.

Kim and Stackhouse advance to the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice Florida beginning the week of October 17.

Kim finished in a ninth-place tie after rounds of 71, 70, 70 and 73 for 284. Stackhouse, the co-leader after three rounds, fell to 17th with rounds of 67, 73, 68 and 78 for 286.

Kim was the only WGCA First Team All-American playing in this week’s competition, while Stackhouse and three others were second team.

Stackhouse shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to move into a five-way tie for the lead. She made six birdies on the day.

“I hit my irons the best I’ve hit them this week,” Stackhouse told the LGPA site. “I was able to capitalize on good iron shots. Today was definitely the best day if you looked at the quality of golf. It was textbook golf, nice and simple.”

Stackhouse will play at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge, a Symetra Tour event, on Monday.

Ecuador's Daniela Darquea, a senior at Miami, carded a 2-under, 70 on Sunday to earn medalist honors with a four-day total of 10-under, 278. She was the only player, in a field that started at 347, to post four straight under-par rounds.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/LPGA

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