Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaye Marie Green posted a 6-under 66 on Friday and expanded her lead to seven strokes after 54 holes of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Green ended three rounds at 20-under-par 196. She played her third round on the Rees Jones Course at LPGA International. The field is splitting its first four rounds on the Jones Course and the Arthur Hill Course.
Mi Rim Lee fired a course-record, 11-under 61 on Friday and soared into second place at minus-13. She also played the Jones course as did the top-6 players on the leaderboard.
"Putter was good today. First day and second day, not so much," Lee stated. "I hit some really close for tap-ins. It was nice."
Tiffany Joh and Amy Anderson both shot 70 in round three. Joh is alone in third at 10-under 206, while Anderson is one back at minus-9. Seon Hwa Lee (72) and Kathleen Ekey (69) share fifth place at 8-under 208.
Megan Grehan, who started the day in second place, stumbled to a 2-over 74 on the Hills Course and fell into a tie for seventh at minus-7. She was joined there by Jennifer Kirby, who shot 69 for the second day in a row.
After Saturday's fourth round, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties with the final round slated for the Jones Course. The low 45 players at event's end will earn LPGA Tour cards for 2014, with the top 20 receiving exempt status.
Green, who played on the Symetra Tour as a rookie in 2013, started her round with birdies at the first and fourth. After five pars in a row, Green collected back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th.
The 19-year-old again reeled off five pars in a row from the 12th. Green then birdied the final two holes to push her lead to seven.
"I think being where I was at 14-under to start the day, I was like, 'Ok, just make it through the day let's put that behind you.' My goal was to get to 20- under before Sunday and it was cool that I did that today," Green said. "So that was nice."
Mi Rim Lee had two birdies and an eagle in her first three holes, then she birdied the fifth to start 5-under par through five holes. She poured in four birdies in a 5-hole span from the ninth.
After tripping to a bogey on the par-3 14th, Lee birdied the final three holes to get to minus-13.
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.