Date: October 03, 2011
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Australian rookies enjoy solid results

LPGA Qualifying School – Stage II, Bobcat Course and Panther Course, Plantation Golf & Country Club, Florida Golf Australia National Squad member Julia Boland and Rookie Squad member Stephanie Na both booked their tickets into the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying School over the weekend. Boland, who played collegiately at Texas A&M University and is still an amateur finished with rounds of 73-67-67-66 (-15). “Coming into tour school I felt pretty confident about how I was playing, but tour school has the ability to make you question everything,” Boland said. “There was clearly a big step up from 1st stage- that was evident on arrival. Professional caddies, touring players and spectators all add to the atmosphere and pressure. I had two goals for the week, firstly be the happiest person out there, and secondly try to win the thing.” Na, from Adelaide, finished with 70-66-72-72 to be in third place at 8-under par. Coffs Harbour local Emma De Groot also qualified in 42nd position following a final round 71 while WA&aposs Kristie Smith also reached the final stage. The LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament (Stage III) will be contested over 90 holes and will be held November 30 through December 4, on both the Champions and Legends courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2012 LPGA membership (total number of cards TBC) and all others who make the cut will receive membership on the LPGA Futures Tour. Lacoste Ladies – Open de France Former Australian Amateur champion Stacey Keating recorded her best finish to date on the Ladies European Tour in a tie for 6th place at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Keating finished with rounds of 67-72-71-67 to be at 11-under par. She now heads to Italy for the Sicilian Ladies Italian Open. Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Old Course St Andrews Golf Australia Rookie Squad member Matt Griffin finished with a final round 1-under par 71 on the Old Course at St Andrews to finish in 53rd place. Griffin finished tied with Ernie Els, Matteo Manassero, Brett Rumford and Alejandro Canizares in the tournament played across Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course.