Jaye Marie Green blistered LPGA International’s Jones Course with a 10-under-par 62 Wednesday in the first round of the LPGA’s Q-School finals.
Green, 19, of Boca Raton, Fla., set a course record with her round of 11 birdies and a bogey. She is four shots ahead of Seon Hwa Lee, a four-time LPGA winner who was the tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2006. Tiffany Joh is also four back. Amy Anderson, the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur winner who went on to win a NCAA record 20 titles at North Dakota State, opened with a 68.
The low 20 players will earn LPGA exempt playing privileges at the end of 90 holes. The next 25 and ties will earn conditional status.
China teen standout Xiyu Lee, a Ladies European Tour rookie, opened with a 69. Reilley Rankin, an LPGA veteran, opened with a 70. Lorie Kane, a four-time LPGA winner, posted 72. Cheyenne Woods, niece to Tiger Woods, shot 77.