Moriya Jutanugarn Maintains Lead at LPGA Qualifying Tournament

LPGA Qualifying Tournament – Stage 1
LPGA International, Champions Course

Daytona Beach, Fla.

Third-round wrap story

September 6, 2012

Moriya Jutanugarn Maintains Lead at LPGA Qualifying Tournament

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand will maintain her one-stroke lead heading into the final round on Friday of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Jutanugarn, 18, carded 4-under-par 68 today to move to 13-under 203. She leads Garrett Phillips of St. Simon’s Island, Ga., who matched Jutanugarn’s 68 and sits one shot off the lead a 12-under 204.

Jutanugarn posted three birdies, three bogeys and two eagles on Thursday and accredited some luck as her saving grace on the par-5 5th and 18th, where her eagles came.

“I was lucky,” said Jutanugarn. “I hit it to within three feet on five and had a 15-footer on 18.”

With or without luck on her side, Jutanugarn said she really enjoyed playing on Thursday because she was in the good company of friend and frequent playing partner, Jaye Marie Green.

“Today I played with my good friend Jaye,” said Jutanugarn. “My sister and I play with her a lot in junior and amateur. It’s so much fun to play with her. She’s a great player. It’s a lot of fun.”

Jutanugarn said it might have been a bit of friendly competition that kept her game sharp throughout the round and had plenty of moments when Green would one-up her.

“When I hit it close, she would hit it closer,” said Jutanugarn. “And I’d be like, ‘what? That was a good shot!’”

The Thailand native said she’s looking forward to improving her putting in Friday’s final round and doesn’t have much pressure riding her yet.

“I feel like my putting in the first two rounds was better than today,” said Jutanugarn. “Tomorrow I just want to make some putts. I missed some putts for par. The greens have been tough.

“I’m not feeling too much pressure,” she said. “I just want to make it in the top 60 and play in the second stage.”

Green, a 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur finalist, (69) is in third at 11-under 205, followed by 2012 NCAA runner-up Brooke Pancake (69) at 9-under 207.

Friday’s final round will start at 7:45 a.m. off the first and 10th tees. The leaders will tee off at 9:55 a.m. Friday off the first tee of the Champions Course at LPGA International.

The top-60 and ties on Friday will move on to the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, to be held Oct. 9-12, at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. The top 70 and ties from Stage II will advance into the final Qualifying Tournament Stage III.

The final Stage III Q-school will be contested over 90 holes Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, on both the Champions and Legends courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2013 LPGA membership (total number of cards TBD) and all others who make the cut will receive Symetra Tour status.

Topics: LPGA Qualifying Tournament

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