Christine Song two clear at LPGA Q School
Daytona Beach, FL – Christine Song managed a two-under 70 on stroke lead after two rounds of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Song's 70 matched the low round of the day as scores went soaring in windy conditions. She finished 36 holes at eight-under-par 136.
Amateur Stephanie Kono is still alone in second place as she posted a one- under 71 in round two. Kono, a senior at UCLA, finished two rounds at minus- six.
Those two have taken control of the tournament as the three players tied for third place are four shots behind Kono.
Jennie Lee (71), Jacqui Concolino (72) and Rebecca Durham (71) share third place two-under-par 142. Six more players are tied at minus-one as just 11 players finished two rounds in red figures.
LPGA Q School is played over five rounds and two courses. For the first four rounds, golf rotates over the Champions Course and Legends Course at LPGA International.
There will be a cut after 72 holes for the low 70 and ties. The final round will take place at the Champions Course, then it gets really interesting.
The low 40 and ties receive LPGA Tour membership for 2012. For the remaining players who make the cut, they will earn some type of status on the Futures Tour.
Song started her round on the first tee at the Legends Course. She birdied the second and fifth, before stumbling to her only bogey of the day at the sixth.
After six straight pars around the turn, Song converted a birdie try at the 13th. She parred the last five to finish two clear of Kono.
"The wind was tough today and when it was blowing, it was really blowing," Song said.
Kono, who was three groups after Song off the first tee, opened with four pars in a row. She converted a birdie chance at the fifth, but bogeyed the next two holes.
She erased those mistakes by pouring in three straight birdies from the eighth. Kono fell back to even-par for her round with bogeys at 12 and 17. However, she birdied the last to shoot 71.
"The wind picked up on the back nine, where it was definitely a two-club wind at times," Kono stated. "This is not an easy course and with the wind, it's a beast. Even-par is a really good score here."
NOTES: With the breezy conditions Thursday, there was four players that shot two-under 70, while 22 players shot 80 or worse...Whitney Neuhauser struggled to an 82 and tumbled from a share of fifth into a tie for 83rd for one of the biggest drops on the leaderboard...Birdie Kim, the 2005 U.S. Women's Open champion, tripped to a seven-over 79 and slid into a tie for 83rd at plus- seven...Reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Danielle Kang stumbled to a 78 to fall from a tie for 25th into share of 64th.