Meijer LPGA Classic tees off

Lydia Ko during the qualifying rounds of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont. (Aug. 4, 2014)

BELMONT, Mich. (WOOD) — Qualifying rounds in the Meijer LPGA Classic were held Monday at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.

With scores of 69 and 70 respectively, Carling Nolan and Paula Hertado earned take the final two spots in the field of 144 golfers.

“I played in the Symetra tournament in Syracuse yesterday, drove 10 hours, got up and hit my first drive down the middle of the fairway,” Nolan said.

One player to watch when first round play begins Thursday is 17-year-old Lydia Ko, who is currently ranked the No. 2 player in the world among women.

She’s a tour rookie who already has four victories under her belt — two of those from before she was a regular member. She said her experience before she became a regular member helped her prepare for the competitive atmosphere.

Australian Karrie Webb, 39, is a veteran of the tour. She has 41 career victories — two this year. But despite all that, she was still hard at work practicing Monday.

Webb was the winner of the last LPGA tournament played in Michigan — the 2000 Oldsmobile Classic. She said she’s excited to be back in Michigan.

There will be Meijer Classic events all week in the Grand Rapid area.

This year’s LPGA schedule has 33 tournaments in 13 countries. After this week, the ladies will head to New York, then Canada, Oregon and France.

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