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Futures TourLAKELAND, Fla. -- Futures Tour veteran Lisette Lee of Kenner, La., shot a 78 (+6) for a 218 (+2) total to maintain her lead after the third round of the Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament. Lee is one shot ahead of Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea, who fired a 1-over-par 73.

First-round leader, amateur Caroline Goasguen of Montpellier, France, and Kathy Choi of Huntington Beach, Calif., are tied for third with a 220 (+4). Goasguen and Choi shot respective rounds of 75 (+3) and 76 (+4). The 72-hole tournament is taking place at The Club at Eaglebrooke, ImperialLakes Country Club and Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
 
Lee, who entered today's round with a four-stroke cushion, recorded five bogeys before making her first birdie on 15. She ended with a double-bogey on 18 for a 78 (+6), decreasing her tournament lead from four strokes to one.
 
'The greens were very hard and extremely fast,' noted Lee, who played at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. 'Playing on three different courses makes it tougher to adjust and play consistently. I had three three-putts and that was pretty frustrating. I am disappointed, but not too concerned. Tomorrow is another ball game.'

Playing at the same golf course, Moon carded four birdies, three bogeys, and a double-bogey for her 73 (+1) performance. Moon's three-day total of 219 (+3) moved her from sixth to second place heading into the final round.
 
Amateur Aree Wongluekiet of Bradenton, Fla., ended with a 74 (+2) for a 222 (+6) total, jumping from 11th to sixth place. Twin sister Naree shot a 79 (+7) for a 54-hole total of 234 (+18). She is tied for 65th with 12 other players.
 
One hundred and four players made the 54-hole cut of 237 (+21). Lesley Henderson of Mandeville, La., who fired a 4-under-par 68 at The Club at Eaglebrooke, recorded the lowest score of the day. She is currently in fifth place with a three-day total of 221 (+5).

The top-38 players in the tournament field will earn Priority 1, Category A-3 status, giving each direct entry to Futures Tour tournaments. The next 35 players will receive Priority 2, Category C status for the 2003 season. The top-90 players on the 2002 Futures Tour Money List received Priority 1, Category A-1 status for the 2003 season by virtue of their ranking. For detailed information on the 2003 Futures Tour Eligibility for Play, please visit the web site at www.futurestour.com/About.html.
 
The final round of the tournament will begin tomorrow at 7:30 A.M., at The Club at Eaglebrooke, with the leaders going off at 9:30 A.M.