Song leads amateur Kono by one as LPGA Tour Q-School gets under way

Associated Press

Series: LPGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 7:05 p.m.

Christine Song shot a 6-under 66 on Wednesday to take a one-stroke lead over former UCLA star Stephanie Kono after the first round of the 90-hole LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

Song and Kono, still an amateur, opened on LPGA International’s Champions Course.


The top 40 finishers and ties out of the field of 139 will gain their 2012 LPGA Tour cards at the end of Monday's fifth round.

Thidapa Suwannapura had a 68, also on the Champions Course.

Brittany Johnston shot a 69 on the Legends Course.

Seventeen-year-old Ginger Howard, trying to become only the fourth black player on the LPGA Tour, was four strokes back after a 70 on the Champions Course.

The final top 40 and ties will receive 2012 LPGA Tour membership.