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Local Golf Notebook, Dec. 5: Hilton Head's Rankin starts well at LPGA Q-School

sports@islandpacket.comDecember 5, 2013 

Solheim Cup Golf

Europe's Jodi Ewart Shadoff from England hits from a green side trap on the 16th hole during a foursome match in the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Parker, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

ED ANDRIESKI — File -- The Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Hilton Head Island's Reilley Rankin shot a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday in the first round of the LPGA Tour's qualifying tournament.

Rankin, 34, is tied for 22nd after playing the LPGA International's Jones Course.

The top 45 players after the fifth and final round Sunday will earn varying degrees of tour membership, and the other players who make the 72-hole cut will get Symetra Tour status.

Rankin, who led the University of Georgia to the 2001 NCAA championship, will tee off at 8 a.m. Thursday on No. 10 on the Hills Course.

Spain's Marta Silva, a 2008 graduate of Hilton Head Island's International Junior Golf Academy, shot a 1-over 73 on the Jones Course and is tied for 67th. Silva, also a former Georgia Bulldog, tees off at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on No. 1 on the Hills Course.

Jaye Marie Green shot a course-record 10-under 62 on Wednesday to take the first-round lead. The 19-year-old Green, from Boca Raton, had 11 birdies and a bogey on the Jones Course. She was 29th on the Symetra Tour money list this year.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," Green said. "You know how people say, 'if I just made putts I would have shot this?' Well it was just one of those days that the putts went in and I did shoot it. It was cool. The putting was just on point."

South Korea's Seon Hwa Lee, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and Tiffany Joh were tied for second at 66. They also opened the 90-hole event on the Jones Course.

Megan Grehan and Nicole Jeray were the top players on the Hills Course, shooting 67.

HOLES-IN-ONE

  • Al Connell hit a hole-in-one Dec. 2 on the 17th hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. He used a 6-iron. Witnesses were Jim Matta and Frank Rhinehart.

  • Suki Brainard hit a hole-in-one Nov. 23 on the seventh hole at Moss Creek's North Course. She used a 7-iron. Witnesses were Marinell Altizer, Denise Johnson, and Linda Mayo.

  • Chuck Hess hit a hole-in-one Nov. 23 on the sixth hole at Argent Lakes Golf Club. He used a pitching wedge. Witnesses were John Kemp, Ron Marshalek, and Dave Spisso.

  • The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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