DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tour's final qualifying tournament.
The 19-year-old Green, from Boca Raton, had a 14-under 130 total at LPGA International. She played the Hills Course on Thursday after shooting a course-record 62 on Wednesday on the Jones Course.
"We were just kind of like, `Let's just play smart, like, why throw it away?" said Green, 29th on the Symetra Tour money list this year. "You can still make birdies and play safe and that's what happened.
"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 headstart. 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."
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The top 20 players after the final round Sunday will earn Category 12 (full privileges) status, Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive membership in Category 17 (partial privileges), and the other players who make the 72-hole cut will get Symetra Tour status.
Former Vanderbilt player Megan Grehan was second after a 68 on the Jones Course.
South Korea's Seon Hwa Lee, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and Tiffany Joh were tied for third at 8 under. They each shot 70 on the Hills Course.
Amy Anderson, the 21-year-old former North Dakota State star who won the second stage of qualifying, was 7 under and alone in fifth place after a 69 on the Hills Course. She won a record 20 college titles.
Lorie Kane, the 48-year-old Canadian who has four LPGA Tour victories, was tied for 53rd at 1 over after a 73 on the Hills Course. South Korea's Birdie Kim, the 2005 U.S. Women's Open champion, was tied for 66th at 2 over after a 72 on the Hills Course. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, had a 73 on the Hills Course to move into a tie for 122nd at 6 over.