China’s Simin Feng moved into early position Thursday to go wire-to-wire to earn medalist honors at LPGA Q-School.
Feng’s 2-under-par 70 at LPGA International’s Hills Course left her at 9-under-par 135, tied for the second-round lead with South Korea’s Julie Yang (69). They’re one shot ahead of American Christine Song (71), two ahead of American Cydney Clanton (70) and three ahead of Thailand’s Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong (68) and Canada’s Maude Aimee-LeBlanc (67).
American Cheyenne Woods (69) is tied for ninth five shots back in a bid to improve on her LPGA conditional status. Amateur Gaby Lopez (72), a senior at the University of Arkansas who finished runner up at the NCAA Championships in the spring, is also five back.
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 completing 72 holes are assured of earning Symetra Tour status.
Megan Khang, 18, of Rockland, Mass., who turned pro last week, shot a 72 and sits tied for 12th.