China's Simin Feng opens 5-shot lead in LPGA Tour Q-school
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday on the Hills Course to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
The 20-year-old Feng shot had a 15-under 272 total at LPGA International. The top 20 finishers Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.
''I played some really steady golf today,'' said Feng. ''My putting was going well, so I was able to capitalize on my ball-striking. I was just a little disappointed in the par-5 holes, I didn't make any birdies. My driver was going where I wanted it to and my irons were good.''
Cydney Clanton and South Korea's Julie Yang were tied for second. Yang had a 71 on the Jones Course, and Clanton shot a 72 on the Hills Course.
Feng played on season at Vanderbilt before turning professional last year. She tied for sixth in the event last season to earn an LPGA Tour card.
''My mindset coming into the tournament was to try and win,'' Feng said. ''Instead of thinking top 20, I think trying to win gives you a little bit of an edge. I wanted to try and finish on top of the leaderboard and now I have a chance.''
Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, had a 73 on the Jones Course to drop from a tie for 16th into a tie for 24th at 3 under.