China’s Simin Feng continued her bid to go wire to wire to medalist honors at the final stage of LPGA Q-School.
With an eagle to close out her round Friday, Feng shot a 3-under par 69 to take the solo lead at 12-under 204 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. She’s two shots ahead of American Cydney Clanton (69) and three ahead of South Korea’s Julie Yang (72), who shared the second-round lead with Feng.
“It’s a great feeling to play good early,” Feng said. “It feels great to be in the lead, but there are still two more days to go and many more holes to come so I just have to keep going.”
American Grace Na (69) and Thailand’s Budsabakorn Sukapan (67) are four back.
Americans Megan Khang (68) and Christine Song (73) are five back.
Mexico’s Gaby Lopez (70), a senior at the University of Arkansas who was runner up at the NCAA Women’s Championship in the spring, is tied for eighth, six shots back. She will have the option of turning pro should she choose to claim LPGA or Symetra Tour status at week’s end.
The 90-hole event ends Sunday with the top 20 players earning full LPGA membership and with players finishing from 21st to 45th and ties earning conditional membership. All players who complete 72 holes are assured of earning Symetra Tour status.
American Cheyenne Woods (72) is tied for 16th. Belen Mozo, who was on the Spanish team that won the inaugural UL International Crown a year ago, withdrew with a strained neck. Mozo finished 101st on the LPGA money list this past season and was looking to improve her conditional status.