RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Jessie Gerry started strong Saturday. Jenna Peters ended that way.
Neither Wisconsin golfer, however, will start or finish Sunday during the final round of the first stage of LPGA/Symetra Tour Qualifying School
Gerry, who was inside the top 156 when she began her second round on the Arnold Palmer Course at Mission Hills Country Club, struggled to an 83 and fell from a tie for 128th into a tie for 259th in the 353-player field at 15-over 231. Peters birdied three holes in a row late in her round and shot 75, but slipped from a tie for 154th place into a tie for 172nd at 8-over 224.
"I did get off to a good start," said Gerry, who was 1-under through four holes. "I would say things took a poor turn on the par-5 sixth. I thinned a wedge over the green and had tree trouble that led to a double. Tough to swallow on a straightforward, short hole. The Arnold Palmer course was firm, and there certainly are some challenging holes… but for me, I was just holding on too tightly to something I really wanted and that prevented me from swinging freely, which we all know is the only way to play great golf."
Peters, meanwhile, started on No. 10 at the Dinah Shore Course with a bogey and struggled much of the day. She bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18 before making the turn where she followed up three straight bogeys with three straight birdies, but came up five shots short of the 3-over cutline to play Sunday.
"It was a great week and the courses were in the best shape I’ve ever played them before!" Peters wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf. "I felt confident going in but unfortunately my game felt a little off in every aspect. My short game usually saves me and it just wasn’t there. It was great to comeback with a few birdies and battle it out to the end.
"I played in the Tennessee (State) Open a few weeks ago and didn’t have the best showing. I’ve been in a little bit of a rut but tried to find a way to scrape it around. My game is so close to something great and just gotta keep grinding!"