Skarpnord medalist at LPGA 2nd stage Q-School


Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord cruised to medalist honors at the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament on Sunday as 84 players advanced to the final stage Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The top 20 finishers at final stage will earn LPGA membership for the 2017 season.

With a final-round 1-under 71 at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla., Skarpnord finished at 11-under 277, five shots clear of second. Bronte Law of England, the world's No. 2-ranked amateur, finished second at 6-under 282, while the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior runner-up, Angel Yin of Arcadia, Calif., finished third at 5-under 283.

Skarpnord, 30, will head to LPGA final-stage qualifying for the first time since 2009.

“The Olympics and getting my LPGA tour card were my main goals this year,” said Skarpnord, who represented Norway in Rio. “I’ve done one so hopefully I can do the second in a few weeks.”

Other notable players to advance included former Stanford star Mariah Stackhouse, world No. 1 amateur Leona Maguire, UL International Crown star Mel Reid, 17-year-old Japanese star Nasa Hataoka, Olympian Aditi Ashok and Beth Allen, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 72.