Jutanugarn maintains six-shot lead on fourth day at LPGA Tour Q-School

Moriya Jutanugarn
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Moriya Jutanugarn, 18, has reached 15 under par after four of the five rounds at LPGA Tour Q-School.
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Series: LPGA Tour

Published: Saturday, December 01, 2012 | 6:15 p.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to maintain a six-stroke lead after the fourth round of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament.


At the end of five rounds, the top 20 players will earn their 2013 LPGA Tour cards.

The 18-year-old Jutanugarn had a 15-under total at LPGA International. The final top 20 in the five-round event will earn full tour status.

"The biggest thing for me right now is just getting my card," Jutanugarn said. "Then I get to look forward to next year and how to hang on. That's hard. It's life. There will be so many challenges and you'll have to work harder and harder. Everybody works hard."

Japan's Ayako Uehara was second, also after a 70.

Two-time tour winner Christina Kim, tied for third after the second round, followed her third-round 75 with a 73 to drop into a tie for 24th at 1 under.

With only 20 spots awarded for exempt status, the players within range will be in fighting mode on Sunday. Notable players on the brink heading into the final round include 2011 Symetra Tour Player of the Year Kathleen Ekey (tied for 14th), 2011 NCAA individual champion Austin Ernst (tied for 19th), Honda Award winner and First-Team All American Brooke Pancake (tied for 19th) and Second Stage qualifying medalist Katie Burnett (tied for 24th).

Several players made the most of Moving Day to drastically improve their positions for the final round. Seven players shot a fourth-round-best 5-under 67. Jordan Hardy (Sylacauga, Ala.), Jamie Hullet (Mesquite, Texas), Katie Burnett (Brunswick, Ga.), Marina Alex (Wayne, N.J.) and Guilia Molinaro (Treviso, Italy) all started the round on the outside looking in on any status for next year, but after all posted 67s they have positioned themselves for a spot in the top 20.