Jutanugarn on cruise control at Q-School
Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Moriya Jutanugarn stretched her lead from three to six strokes after Friday's third round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Jutanugarn posted a 3-under 69 in round three to finish 54 holes at 13-under- par 203. She owns a 6-shot lead with two rounds to go.
Ayako Uehara also carded a 69 on Friday and she moved into second place at minus-7. Rebecca Lee-Bentham matched the low round of the day with her 5-under 67. She soared from a tie for 31st into a share of third at minus-5, where she was joined there by Lacey Agnew (74).
Amateur Marita Engzelius shot 3-under 69 and ended three rounds tied for fifth at 4-under-par 212. She stands alongside Stephanie Sherlock (71), Kelly Jacques (71) and Haley Millsap (68).
Kim Welch (73), Ashleigh Simon (72), Chie Arimura (72) and Felicity Johnson (69) share ninth place at minus-3.
Laura Diaz (73) and Christina Kim (75), a pair of 2-time winners on the LPGA Tour, are among five golfers tied for 13th at 2-under-par 214. Kim is making her first-ever appearance at Q School. She originally earned her tour card via the Symetra Tour.
The top 40 finishers and ties will earn a tour card for next season. The top 20 players at the event's conclusion will receive Priority in Category 12. If there is a tie for 20th place, the final Category 12 spot will decided in a playoff.
All other ties will be broken on the basis of the lowest, most recent round at the Final Qualifying Tournament. Players finishing in the 21st-45th spots will earn Priority in Category 17.
Players are rotating the first four rounds on the Champions and Legends Courses at LPGA International. The final round will be contested on the Champions Course.
Jutanugarn played the Legends Course on Friday and started with birdies at one and two. She cruised to the back nine with 11 consecutive pars.
The 18-year-old converted a birdie effort on the par-5 14th to move to 13- under. She parred the final four holes to close out a bogey-free round.
NOTES: There are five amateurs in field and Engzelius leads that group at minus-4 ... Former U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim managed an even-par 72 on Friday, but is tied for 95th at 10-over 226 ... After 72 holes, the field is cut to the top 70 and ties.
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