China’s Simin Feng extended her lead Saturday at the final stage of LPGA Q-School.
With a 3-under-par 69, Feng will take a five-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Feng, 15-under overall, has led or shared the lead through the first four rounds. South Korea’s Julie Yang (71) is tied for second with American Cydney Clanton (72).
“My mindset coming into the tournament was to try and win,” said Feng, who played the LPGA as a rookie last season, finishing 135th on the money list. “Instead of thinking top 20, I think trying to win gives you a little bit of an edge. I wanted to try and finish on top of the leaderboard and now I have a chance.”
Sunday will be a big day for more than the medalist, with the top 20 earning full status to play the LPGA next year and players finishing 21st through 45th and ties earning conditional status. Everyone who has finished 72 holes is assured of Symetra Tour status.
Megan Khang, of Rockland, Mass., is poised to make it through Q-School in her first try. She turned 18 in October and turned pro just last week. She shot 70 Saturday and is tied for fourth, six strokes back, with fellow American Victoria Elizabeth (68), Thailand’s Budsabakorn Sukapan (71), Canada’s Maude Aimee-LeBlanc (69) and the Philippines’ Cyna Rodriguez (67).
Amateur Gaby Lopez (70), a senior at the University of Arkansas, is tied for ninth, seven shots back.
Cheyenne Woods (73) is sitting just off the cut line for full status, tied for 24th. The field was cut to 74 players on Saturday.