Kirby continues to impress at LPGA Q-School
Canadian Round 3 Results:
T7. Jennifer Kirby (-7) 71-69-69 – 209
T46. Maude-Aimée LeBlanc (+1) 71-73-73 – 217
T46. Natalie Gleadall (+1) 73-73-71 – 217
T58. Erica Rivard (+2) 77-72-69 – 218
58. Lorie Kane (+2) 72-73-73 – 218
T65. Stephanie Sherlock (+3) 73-74-72 – 219
T86. Sara-Maude Juneau (+5) 77-70-74 – 221
T96. Ashely Sholer (+6) 73-78-71 – 222
T116. Jessica Shepley (+8) 73-76-75 – 224
T146. Nicole Vandermade (+15) 78-74-79 – 231
It was another record-breaking day on the Jones Course at LPGA International as South Korean Mi Rim Lee produced the low-round of the week with an 11-under-par 61 to take sole possession of second place. The KLPGA standout broke Jaye Marie Green’s previous record of 10-under 62, which she posted during the opening round on Wednesday. Green still holds a 7-shot lead heading into Saturday’s fourth round.
Green, who played the Jones Course, carded a 6-under 66 on a day that featured a bogey-free, six-birdie performance with a four birdies on the back nine. Her three-day total of 20-under 196 marks the lowest score since the Final Qualifying Tournament moved to a 90-hole event.
“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,’” said Green. “My goal was to get to 20-under before Sunday and it was cool that I did that today. So that was nice.”
Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. fired her second straight 69 to climb four spots into a tie for 7th. The bogey-free round puts the former Team Canada member at 7-under par.
Natalie Gleadall of Stratford, Ont., with her best round of the week on Friday, is tied for 46th along with Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que. Eric Rivard of Tecumseh, Ont. posted her best round of the week, 69, to move up into a tie for 58th along with Lorie Kane of Charlottetown.
Kane, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is playing this week to try and improve her priority standing which would get her into more tournaments next year.
Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont. is tied for 65th which leaves her right on the cut line at 3-over heading into Saturday’s fourth round.
Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault, Que., who earned her card at Q-School a year ago, is two strokes off the cut line while Ashley Sholer of Hamilton, Ont., Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., and Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ont. all have some work to do if they hope to make the final round cut.
A field of 153 players are in this week’s event, hoping to either earn membership or improve their current member status for the 2014 LPGA Tour season. Qualifiers from Stage I and II along with current LPGA Tour members attempting to improve their status, are in the field. In addition, players who finished Nos. 11-20 on the 2013 Symetra Tour season-ending money list (who do not already have LPGA status), are also in the field.
The 90-hole, five-round qualifier will cut to the low 70 players and ties after 72 holes. Those who make the cut will compete in Sunday’s final round on the Jones Course.