Thursday, February 6, 2014

LIVE LET Coverage This Weekend... REALLY!

Yes, believe it or not, the LET is broadcasting the final two rounds of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters live this weekend.

On YouTube on the LET channel! Here's the banner from the LET site (and yes, I fixed it so you can click the banner as well):

LET banner announcing live coverage

Here in North Carolina, that should be prime time Friday and Saturday night. I hope this works well for them, since it may mean more live broadcasts like this going forward.

In the meantime, let me bring you up-to-date on the first round.

At the time I'm writing this -- just after midnight ET -- the leaderboard still shows a huge number of players not finished. According to this post at couriermail.com.au (the most recent post I could find via Google, roughly 4 hours old) the wind was up very early in the day and nothing was said about a stoppage of play, but I'm guessing the wind just got too bad and they had to take a break. The scores have only started updating in the last few minutes.

Things have changed since the Constructivist posted an update earlier Wednesday. Since then Jessica Korda has taken the early lead. She finished at -5 (that's a 68 at the Royal Pines course). She's only one shot ahead of Valentine Derrey (she's a French player, but the ALPG leaderboard shows an American flag next to her name) and two ahead of a group at -3.

Korda's position is interesting because of the International Crown team. Tony Jesselli noted that she probably needs another win to crack the Top4 -- Korda is currently ranked 24 in the Rolex, while Cristie Kerr holds the last team spot at 13 but that's less than a point behind. A win in Australia could put her right in the mix.

Only 31 of the 144 players are under par at this point and there's no telling how soon they'll finish. If you want to check on the scores, you can check in on either the LET live leaderboard or the ALPG live leaderboard.

And don't forget about that LIVE coverage on YouTube during the final two rounds!

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