Australian Minjee Lee moved a step closer to joining the LPGA’s ranks with 6-under-par 66 Saturday at Q-School in Daytona Beach.
Lee, 18, the highest ranked amateur in the world before turning pro in September, moved up to third place going into Sunday’s final round. The top 20 after Sunday’s conclusion of play will earn full LPGA status next year with the next 25 earning conditional status.
South Korea’s Ha Na Jang (68) held on to the lead at 15-under 273.
With a 65, Spain's Maria Hernandez moved up to second place, three shots back.
Lee is four back.
Alison Lee, the UCLA sophomore, moved a step closer to shedding her amateur status with a 70, good for a tie for fourth place.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who ranked No. 15 in the world before hurting her shoulder, shot 67 to move into a tie for ninth. She’s looking to join her sister, Moriya, in the LPGA next year.
Cheyenne Woods (71) is tied for 32nd.
England’s Charley Hull needed a birdie at the last hole Saturday to make the 72-hole cut. She shot 74 and is tied for 68th.