India’s Aditi Ashok rode the momentum of her Olympic success through the first stage of LPGA Q-School Sunday in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Ashok closed with a 2-over-par 74 Sunday on the Dinah Shore course to finish tied for 20th at 1-under-par 287. She was among 92 players in the field of 347 to advance to second stage. Ashok, 18, made a strong impression in Rio de Janeiro making a run atop the leaderboard in the second round of the Olympic competition. She was the youngest player in the Olympic field. She is a Ladies European Tour rookie who was 17 when she became the youngest winner of LET Q-School late last year.
Ashok was one of three Olympians to advance to LPGA Q-School’s second stage. Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan (T-46) and Malaysia’s Michelle Koh (T-78) also advanced.
Three amateurs finished among the top four at Mission Hills.
Ecuador’s Daniela Darquea, a senior at the University of Miami, won medalist honors, closing with a 70 to finish at 10-under 278. Princess Superal (69) of the Philippines, another amateur, tied for second with American Sarah Schmelzel (71), one shot back. Superal was the 2014 U.S. Junior Girls’ Amateur champ.
Amateur Nasa Hataoka (70) of Japan finished fourth. Amateurs don’t have to declare their intentions to turn pro until completing the final stage of Q-School.
Former Stanford star Mariah Stackhouse was tied for the lead going into the final round but closed with a 78 to tie for 17th. She and Lauren Kim (T-9) both advanced.
Second stage Q-School results can be found here: http://scoring.symetratour.com