Green pushes lead to 5 at Q-School
Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaye Marie Green shot 4-under-par 68
on Thursday and increased her lead to five strokes after two rounds of the
LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Coming off an opening-round 62 at LPGA International's Rees Jones Course,
Green went bogey-free with four birdies Thursday on the Arthur Hills Course to
reach 14-under-par 130 through 36 holes.
"We were just kind of like, 'let's just play smart', like, 'why throw it
away?'" she said. "You can still make birdies and play safe and that's what
Megan Grehan fired a 68 to move into sole possession of second place at 9-
under 135, while four-time LPGA Tour winner Seon Hwa Lee and Tiffany Joh
carded matching 70s to share third place at minus-8.
Amy Anderson (69) is alone in fifth at 7-under, one stroke ahead of Paz
Echeverria (68), Kathleen Ekey (72), Nicole Jeray (72), Victoria Tanco (71)
and Ashleigh Simon (67), who share sixth at minus-5.
The first 72 holes of this tournament are being contested on the Jones and
Hills Courses, after which the 153-player field will be reduced to 70 and ties
for Sunday's final round on the Jones Course. The low 45 players at event's
end will earn LPGA Tour cards for 2014, with the top 20 receiving exempt
Green, who played on the Symetra Tour as a rookie in 2013, held a 4-stroke
overnight lead, then went about extending her advantage with a flawless loop
at Arthur Hills.
Starting on the first tee, Green parred four straight before notching two
birdies in a three-hole span from the fifth to move to 12-under. The 19-year-
old parred two more to turn in 34, then added further birdies at Nos. 12 and
15 during her inward stretch to reach minus-14.
"I was thinking of it really as, OK each tournament is three rounds on the
Symetra Tour. So I was just thinking that I have a 14-shot head start. It
makes me more calm and want to play more conservative. I was just kind of
taking each day as a new day. Just forget about the past two days and just
play smart," said Green.
NOTES: As an amateur, Green titled at the Sally Championship and finished
second at the Symetra Tour's Daytona Beach Invitational ... Players who make
the cut and are not in the top 45 will receive Symetra Tour status ... Lee's
last LPGA Tour win came in 2008, when she secured titles at the Ginn Tribute
and the NW Arkansas Championship ... Joh is a two-time winner on the Futures
Tour ... Cheyenne Woods, relative of world No. 1 Tiger Woods, is tied for
122nd place at 6-over-par 150.
12/05 18:10:25 ET
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