Allisen Corpuz had one goal in mind at the LPGA Q-Series on Sunday: advance.
“I came into the day trying to shoot a few unders just to make sure I was safe for next week,” said the new USC graduate. ”
Corpuz ended up doing more than just getting into the second half of this 108-hole qualifying event next week. Her fourth round, 7 under 65 on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove, put her in the top 10 and under 10 for the potential of an LPGA card when the Q-Series at Highland Oaks Golf Club in Thursday Dothan, Alabama, is resumed.
The French Pauline Roussin-Bouchard also has a mission: to destroy. The former South Carolina standout is big at martial arts, starting judo nine years ago and has since added a variety of disciplines including boxing, MMA, and jiu jitsu.
“Knives, sticks, just a bunch of stuff,” said Roussin-Bouchard. “I do a lot of martial arts, boxing, and I boxed before I left [for Q-Series] because I had to release some pressure. It really helped because it puts me in the mood where I really want to destroy everything on my way. “
So far, so good. Roussin-Bouchard fired a Sunday 65 at the crossings, shrugged off an opening bogey and finished the first 72 holes at 19 under, two shots from the field.
A total of 74 players ended up in the top 70 and are undecided to continue next week. This group included the Thai Atthaya Thitikul (13 years), the Texas alums Kaitlyn Papp (9 years) and Agathe Laisne (2 years), the Danish Emily Kristine Pedersen (6 years), the Swede Linn Grant (2 years) and Frida Kinhult (straight), and Stanford product Mariah Stackhouse who shot 3 under 69 to get even within the cut line.
Six of the current seven college players also advanced, led by Arizona Hou sisters Yu-Sang and Vivian, each sitting at 5 Under. Yu-Sang Hou fired a 5 under 66 on Sunday. Polly Mack of Alabama was the only colleague who missed the cut.
After a 67 opening, Haley Moore shot 74-73-74 to miss the cut with one shot. Sierra Brooks missed one too. Andrea Lee, Virginia Elena Carta, and Bailey Tardy were among those who won’t advance next week.
The top 45 and ties after 108 holes deserve LPGA status.