26 August 2017: The first two days of the stage one qualifying school event in Rancho Mirage have been a challenging adventure for the seven Indian ladies seeking a spot on the LPGA Tour. Tanya Wadhwa and Nikita Arjun scored one under 71 in the second round to boost their chances of making it to Sunday.
The low 125 and ties after three rounds will make the cut to play on Sunday and the low 90 and ties following the final-round will advance to Stage II of LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Venice, Florida.
Tanya Wadhwa is lying in T90 with scores of 74 and 71 for a one over total of 145. It is likely that a score for progressing into the second stage could end up at -1 at the end of Sunday.
Amateur player Nikita is currently in T134, at three over 147. She scored 76 and 71 in the first two rounds, desperately in need of an under par score on Saturday to remain in action.
Saaniya Sharma played so much better in the second round, scoring one over 73. But her first round score of 79 meant that she was lagging behind with a 36 hole score of 8-over 152.
Karishma Thiagaraj also showed an improved game on Friday, scoring a 74, but an 82 in the first round left her in T288 at +12 156.
Her sibling Khushboo Thiagaraj is a further eight strokes behind after posting scores of 79 and 85.
Realistically, only three of the seven women in contention have any chance of progressing to the second stage of qualifying. But even that will take a strong effort on Saturday to keep their chances intact going into Sunday.