DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – South Korea’s Ha Na Jang soared up the leaderboard at LPGA Q-School Thursday with the low round of the tournament.
Jang, the highest ranked player in the field at No. 25 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, shot a 7-under-par 65 on the Hills Course at LPGA International, the more difficult of the two courses being used this week. Jang moved to eighth place, four shots off the lead, with three rounds remaining. She was the Korean LPGA Tour's Player of the Year and leading money winner last year.
American Casey Grice (69) and South Korea’s Ju Young Park (68) share the 36-hole lead at 9-under 135.
Germany’s Sophia Popov (67), Canada’s Samantha Richdale (66) and American Elizabeth Nagel (69) are two shots back and tied for third.
Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, who tied for third at the U.S. Women’s Open in her first start as a pro this summer, shot a 66 and is tied for sixth. Ryann O’Toole, who played on the 2011 American Solheim Cup team, shot 71 and also is tied for sixth.
Cheyenne Woods struggled to a 79 after opening with a 68.
England’s Charley Hull (69) moved into a tie for 39th.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (69) is tied for 23rd.
Australian Minjee Lee (71), the top-ranked women’s amateur in the world before turning pro in September, is tied for 30th.
The top 20 at Sunday’s finish earn full LPGA membership status for next year with the next 25 earning conditional status.