Futures Tour Veteran Leads Qualifying Tournament

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Futures TourLAKELAND, Fla. -- Futures Tour veteran Lisette Lee of Kenner, La., fired a 3-under-par 69 for a 36-hole total of 140 (-4), to take over the lead after the second round of the Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament. Four strokes back in second is Kathy Choi of Huntington Beach, Calif., who shot an even-par 72 today. In a tie for third at 145 (+1) are Carmen Hajjar of Queensland, Australia, and amateurs Heather Stirling of Stirling, Scotland, and first-round leader Caroline Goasguen of Montpellier, France. The 72-hole tournament is taking place at The Club at Eaglebrooke, ImperialLakes Country Club and Cleveland Heights Golf Course, all located in the Lakeland area.
 
Lee, who played her round at the 6,320-yard Club at Eaglebrooke, picked up birdies on three, seven, nine, 11, and a bogey on 16 for her 3-under-par 69 performance. She will play her third round tomorrow at the 6,197-yard Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
 
'The conditions were tough out there today,' commented Lee, who missed the 54-hole cut at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in October. 'I was hitting the ball solid which helped me a lot considering how windy it was. I think that was key to my performance.'
 
Lee, a Louisiana State University graduate, was a two-time All-SEC First Team selection and she was the recipient of the 2000 LPGA Dinah Shore Award. Her best finish last season on the Futures Tour was a tie for 15th at the 2002 Ann Arbor Futures Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich. She concluded the year 103rd on the Tour's money list with $2,427.
 
Lee added, 'I got off to a poor start last year and I lost my confidence early on in the season. It took some time, but I started to make cuts and play a lot better towards the end of the year. That really helped me re-gain the confidence I needed to compete at the professional level. Things seem to be falling back into place.'
 
Goasguen, who played at the 6,155-yard ImperialLakes Country Club, shot a 76 (+4) for a 145 (+1), dropping her down to third place. Goasguen's round included two birdies, four bogeys, and a double-bogey. Goasguen will move on to play her third round at Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
 
'I was not nervous out there, but I was uncomfortable with my short game today,' stated Goasguen, who is looking to turn professional by next summer. 'It was windy and wet and those conditions made it difficult to play. I'm just trying to play shot by shot and hole by hole. I was hoping for a better score, but the day is over and now I need to concentrate on a better round tomorrow.'

Sixteen-year-old amateur Aree Wongluekiet of Bradenton, Fla., shot a 76 (+4) at The Club at Eaglebrooke for a 148 (+4) total and she is tied for 11th with three other players. Her twin sister Naree, who played at the same course, finished today with a 75 (+3) and is tied for 68th with eight other players at 155 (+11).
 
The top-38 players in the tournament field will earn Priority 1, Category A-3 status, giving each direct entry to FuturesTour 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 third round of the tournament will begin tomorrow at 7:30 A.M. A cut will be made after 54 holes to the low 100 and ties.