Race for LPGA cards heats up at Symetra Tour finale

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The Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card intensifies Saturday with the field narrowed for the weekend run.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s Symetra Tour Championship, the top 10 in season-long money winnings will earn exempt status to the LPGA next year. P.K. Kongkraphan and Christine Song have locked up cards as the No. 1 and 2 money leaders, respectively, but the next eight cards are still in play to win this weekend.

The top 33 players on the money list going into the season finale all had mathematical chances to crack the top 10 in money winnings and claim a card. Remarkably, 27 of the tour’s top 33 money winners made the cut Friday at LPGA International’s Jones Course.

Olivia Jordan-Higgins left herself vulnerable as the only player among the top 10 on the money list to miss the cut. She's No. 8 in money winnings.

Paula Reto of South Africa and Kendra Little of Eugene, Ore, are setting the pace going into the weekend. With a 4-under-par 68 Friday, Little moved up a spot to tie Reto (69) for the second-round lead at 8-under 136. Reto is 63rd on the money list, Little is 72nd. Neither can crack the top 10 in money to win a tour card, nor can they win conditional status, but they can win exemptions into the final stage of LPGA Q-School by finishing among the top 20 on the final money list.

Americans Stefanie Kenoyer and Amelia Lewis and France’s Perrine Delacour are making the boldest moves to win cards so far this week. Kenoyer is No. 33 on the LPGA money list, the last spot mathematically eligible to win a card. With a 69 and 70 this week, Kenoyer is tied for third in the tournament. Lewis (73-67) and Delacour (69-71) are tied for fifth. Lewis is No. 28 on the money list, Delacour No. 20.