Top eight hunt Mojo jackpot
Adrian Frater, News Editor
An intriguing day of golf looms at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, in Montego Bay, today as the eight survivors from yesterday will continue their quest for top honours in the US$1 million Mojo Raceway LPGA Golf Championship.
On yesterday's first day, which was full of excitement, there was a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Amana Blumenherst, eleven-time LPGA champion Christina Kerr and Na Yeon Choi, all accumulating 13 points each after the three rounds of six holes each.
There was also an intriguing situation at the bottom of the qualification rung, as it took a three-way play-off between six-time LPGA winner Suzann Pettersen, four-time winner Angela Stanford and the Spaniard Beatriz Recari, who qualified as a result of 'fan vote' to decide the tournament's sixteen qualifiers.
At the end of the three-hole play-off, Pettersen and Recari took the final two places.
The eight qualifiers who will go head-to-head today in a match-play format to decide the title are Christie Kerr (13), Amada Blumenherst (13), Na Yeon Choi (13), Anna NordQvist (12.5), Britanny Lang (12), Christina Kim (12.5), Suzann Pettersen 11.5) Beatriz Recari (11.5) and Suzann Pettersen (11.5).
"It was quite exciting out there ... I did the best I could and I am satisfied with the results," said Kerr, who defeated Recari 5-2 in the first round, battled to a 3.5 to 3.5 stalemate in the second round and outscored 15-year golfing phenom Mariah Stackhouse 4.5 to 2.5 in the final round.
Blumenherst who started in fine fettle with first and second round wins over Sophie Gatafson (6-1) and 4.5 to 2.5 over Stackhouse before going down 4.5 to 2.5 to Recardi, was also quite pleased with her performance.
"It was really windy and difficult, but I thought I was consistent with my play and it worked out for me," said Blumenherst. "I hope to remain consistent tomorrow because it will be straight match-play situation without points."
President of Mojo Sports, Joy Stephenson, was quite thrilled with the quality of the golf, which is being played according to the raceway format for the first time, and allows for the winners of each round to select their opponents for the next round.
"It was definitely a great day as all the matches turned out to be quite exciting," said Stephenson.