uring Haley Moore’s second rookie season, she went through a stretch where she missed ten consecutive cuts. She competed in competitions for seven weeks in a row during that period. It was as challenging as it sounds.
“Some of them I had missed by one shot, and some I had missed by a lot,” she explained. That was extremely difficult for me.”
On the eve of Q-Series, Moore spoke briefly about that moment, punctuating everything as positively as she could. She learnt a lot, including the value of strong communication with her caddie, when to play aggressively, and the value of putting in a little extra practice time.
“I’ve been down a couple of times,” she admitted, “but I just tell myself it’s golf.” It happens to all of us.”
The 23-year-old Arizona graduate then noted something that keeps everyone in this game going: “Once you have that one really fantastic week out there, it’ll all come together.”
There isn’t anyone who wants to be back in the Q-Series, but Moore knows she’s done it before and is ready to do it again after a first-round score of 5-under-par 67.
There is a three-way tie for first place in the RTJ Magnolia Grove at 6 under after the first round of play on Thursday.
. Moore carded a 67 on the Crossings Course. The top 70 players and ties will advance to Week 2 of the tournament, where the top 45 players and ties will gain LPGA status. Moore earned $36,895 after finishing 137th on the CME points list this year.
“I know it’s a marathon out here this week,” she continued, “so just pace yourself.” It’s not going to kill you if you have one terrible round.”
Pedersen, who has twice represented Europe at the Solheim Cup, opened with a 65 on the par-71 Falls Course, which included six birdies and an eagle.
She stated, “I appreciate the tree-lined.” “I appreciate how everything is just there in front of you.” I get the impression that you’ll have to hit it hard. This week, I have a slight advantage, which is beneficial to me because I’m hitting it very far.”
Polly Mack of Alabama is the low amateur after a 68 in the first round to tie for sixth place. Atthaya Thitikul, the 18-year-old Thai golfer who won the LET’s Race to Costa del Sol and is currently ranked No. 18 in the world, struggled to a 73 on the Crossings Course and is currently T-70.