Green gains ground at Q-School
Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaye Marie Green shot 5-under-par 67 on Saturday and extended her lead to nine strokes entering the last round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Green played her fourth round on the Arthur Hills Course at LPGA International and moved to 25-under-par 263 for the tournament. The field split its first four rounds on the Arthur Hills Course and the Rees Jones Course.
Mi Rim Lee shot 69 on the Arthur Hills Course and remained in second place at 16-under 272, while Tiffany Joh (68) stayed in third at 14-under and Amy Anderson (70) held onto fourth at minus-11.
Seon Hwa Lee (70) and Kathleen Ekey (70) share fifth at 10-under, one shot ahead of Erica Popson (67) and Megan Grehan (70), who are tied for seventh at minus-9.
The field has been cut to the low 70 players for Sunday's final round on the Jones Course. The low 45 players at event's end will earn LPGA Tour cards for 2014, with the top 20 receiving exempt status.
Green, who played on the Symetra Tour as a rookie in 2013, has kept the rest of the field at a comfortable distance since the onset of the event, and Saturday's round was no different.
The 19-year-old went bogey-free on Saturday, notching back-to-back birdies from the fifth and another at the eighth to turn in 33. During her inward stretch, she carded consecutive birdies from the 12th and parred the rest to enter the ultimate round with a 9-shot advantage.
"I was telling my dad after I shot 10-under on the first day that I wanted to get to 20-under before Sunday because then I'll have a big cushion," said Green. "Today, when I got to 25-under I was like, 'Shoot, now I want to get to 30-under.' I'm starting to get a little greedy. But I like having such a cushion which makes me focus on my game and not so much of the leaderboard."
Mi Rim Lee, coming off her course-record 61, started slowly on Saturday with bogeys at Nos. 3 and 7. But she bounced back with an eagle at the par-5 eighth and was flawless the rest of the way, adding birdies at Nos. 14, 15 and 18 to retain solo second.
NOTES: As an amateur, Green titled at the Sally Championship and finished second at the Symetra Tour's Daytona Beach Invitational ... Players who make the cut and do not finish in the top 45 will receive Symetra Tour status.
12/07 17:58:25 ET