Green continues to lead at LPGA Q-School
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jaye Marie Green pushed her lead to seven strokes Friday in the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament and Mi Rim Lee jumped to second with a course-record round.
The 19-year-old Green, from Boca Raton, birdied the final two holes for a bogey-free 6-under 66 in windy conditions on LPGA International's Jones Course. She had a 20-under 196 total, a record for three rounds since the event became a 90-hole event.
"I think being where I was at 14 under to start the day, I was like, 'OK, just make it through the day. Let's put that behind you,'" Green said. "My goal was to get to 20 under before Sunday and it was cool that I did that today. So, that was nice."
The 23-year-old Lee, from South Korea, had a 61 to break the Jones Course record of 62 that Green set Wednesday. Tied for 25th entering the day, Lee had an eagle, 10 birdies and a bogey.
"Putter was good today," said Lee, a regular on the Korean LPGA who won the 2012 Korean Women's Open. "First day and second day, not so much. I hit some really close for tap-ins. It was nice."
The top 20 after the final round Sunday will earn Category 12 status, Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive membership in Category 17, and the other players who make the 72-hole cut will get Symetra Tour status.
Green was 29th on the Symetra Tour money list this year.
Tiffany Joh was third at 10 under after a 70 on the Jones Course.
"One of my first Q-schools I think it was sleeting in the final round," Joh said. "You just never know what you're going to get this week. You just kind of have to go out there and not put too many expectations on yourself as far as numbers go and just try to do the best you can."
Amy Anderson, the 21-year-old former North Dakota State star who won a record 20 college titles, was 9 under after a 70 on the Jones Course.
South Korea's Seon Hwa Lee, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and Kathleen Ekey were 8 under. Lee had a 72, and Ekey shot 69 — both on the Jones Course.
Lorie Kane, the 48-year-old Canadian who has four LPGA Tour victories, was tied for 58th at 2 over after a 73 on the Jones Course. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, also shot a 73 on the Jones Course. She was tied for 107th at 7 over.