Halfway through the second stage of LPGA Q School, Furman grad Haylee Harford is in eighth place after shooting rounds of 68-70 for a 138 total.
Harford trails the tournament leaders Esther Henseleit from Germany and Yan Liu from China by 3 shots. The co-leaders finished at 9 under par after the first 36 holes.
A minimum of the top-30 golfers in the 72 hole event at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida will advance to the LPGA Q School finals in Pinehurst starting on Oct 23.
Several other golfers with area connections are attempting to earn status on either the LPGA Tour or the Symetra Tour for the upcoming year.
The Carolinas Golf Association Women’s player of the year, Virginia grad Anna Redding from Concord, NC is tied with Harford and four other golfers for the eighth spot.
Clemson grads Alice Hewson is tied for 79th and Sydney Legacy is tied for 91st.
Furman senior Natalie Srinivasan is tied for 105th place after shooting rounds of 71-76 for a 147 total. As a current college golfer, if Srinivasan qualifies for the LPGA Tour, she can defer the start of her professional career until the end of the college season.
Furman grads Alice Chen is tied for 155th and Taylor Totland is tied for 168th in the field of 185 golfers.
There is no cut and all golfer who finish the 72 hole event will earn some status on the Symetra Tour.
The Q School final at Pinehurst is a 144 hole tournament played over two weeks.
A minimum of the top-45 golfers at the end of the tournament will earn full LPGA Tour status with the remainder gaining a higher level of placement on the Symetra Tour.
Complete scoring is available at http://scoring.lpga.com/public/QSLeaderboard.aspx