Meadow seeks final push; Maguire in finishing straight

Meadow seeks final push; Maguire in finishing straight
Stephanie Meadow. Picture: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Stephanie Meadow. Picture: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Stephanie Meadow needs to find the magic touch that brought her an opening 63 in the Volunteers of America Classic if she’s to clinch the strong top-10 finish she needs to avoid a trip to the Q-Series.

The Jordanstown star couldn’t make a birdie in a two-over 73 at Old American Golf Club outside Dallas and slipped into a six-way tie for 10th on six-under-par. Scores

She needs to break in to the top 100 in the standings to keep her card. But after going 63-71-73, she’s projected to rise only as far as 103rd and likely needs a sub 70 final round

Jaye Marie Green shot a seven-under 64 to remain at the top of the leaderboard, one clear of Cheyenne Knight, who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67.

Katherine Perry (66) and Brittany Altomare (68) are tied for fourth, one stroke further back.

Meadow is just three shots outside the top five, which means she still has an excellent chance of achieving her goal.

She bogeyed the fourth and ninth last night to turn in two-over and the chiselled out nine straight pars, giving herself few realistic chances for birdie on a tough course were mistakes are severely punished.

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Leona enters finishing straight in Florida

Leona Maguire needs just one more solid round to clinch her LPGA Tour card at the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship in Florida.

The top 10 in the Volvik Race for the Card will win cards and while the Slieve Russell star is projected to finish seventh in the standings after a level-par 72 left her tied 38th on five-under. Scores

Laura Wearn and Sierra Simms lead on 12-under with eighth-ranked Jenny Coleman tied for third with Min Lee Dewi Weber and Sophia Popov,

Rankled 41st, Lee cannot make the top 10 while 27th ranked Weber and 26th ranked Popov need to win.

“I need to win, so really for me, it’s about going at flags tomorrow.,” Popov said. “Be as aggressive as I can be and then a little more aggressive with my putts because if you’re not, they will go off the line quicker. I was hitting it really well today, had a good 6- or 7-under round.”

Weber added: “I’m in a good position. Tried to stay patient because not that many putts dropped and could have easily gone the other way, honestly. I’m proud of myself that I didn’t let it. Will probably be aggressive, but not like a crazy person. A little more thought into each shot and making sure I am where I want to be when lining up a birdie putt. Let’s see if I can drop some putts and it should be fun.”

Projected Volvik Race for the Card Top-10

Based on the current Symetra Tour Championship leaderboard, along with each individual’s projected season money total.

1. Perrine Delacour (Paris, France) - $124,172

2. Patty Tavatanakit (Bangkok, Thailand) - $117,903

3. Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei) - $99,507

4. Jillian Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio) - $98,060

5. Jenny Coleman (Rol ling Hills Estates, California) - $96,735

6. Julieta Granada (Asuncion, Paraguay) - $92,625

7. Leona Maguire (County Cavan, Ireland) - $92,173

8. Robynn Ree (Redondo Beach, California) - $88,839

9. Esther Lee (Los Alamitos, California) - $85,642

10. Mind Muangkhumsakul (Banphai, Thailand) - $81,046

11. Min Seo Kwak (Seoul, Republic of Korea) - $73,052

12. Kyung Kim (Chandler, Arizona) - $71,310