Jaye Marie Green is in commanding position to do more than regain full LPGA status.
Olafia Kristinstodditir is poised to become the first player from Iceland to earn LPGA membership.
Japan teen phenom Nasa Hataoka looks ready to claim LPGA status as a rookie next season.
With four rounds in the books, the all-important final round of LPGA Q-School is scheduled Sunday at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. The top 20 will earn full LPGA membership, with players finishing 21st to 45th and ties gaining partial status.
All 70 players who made the cut to Sunday are assured of at least Symetra Tour status.
Green shot 2-under-par 70 Saturday to gain sole possession of the lead. At 15-under 273, Green is two shots ahead of Kristinstodditir (68) and three ahead of American Sadena Parks (68), who like Green is looking to make a return to the LPGA. So is Dori Carter, who blistered the Jones Course with a 63 to move into a tie for 10th.
Hataoka (75), the 17-year-old winner of the Japan Women’s Open last month, is in fourth place, four shots off the lead, with American Angel Yin (68) fifth, five shots back.
Beth Allen (68), who is on the verge of becoming the first American to win the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour, stands in sixth place, six shots back. England’s Mel Reid (72) is sitting T-7.
India’s Aditi Ashok, the 18-year-old LET rookie, is among players looking to make a Sunday push to a tour card. Ashok shot another 71 on Saturday and sits T-23. American Mariah Stackhouse (70) also is T-23. UCLA’s Bronte Law shot 70 and is T-30.