Teenaged Jutanugarn of Thailand up by three at LPGA Tour Q-School final

Moriya Jutanugarn
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The 18-year-old Moriya Jutanugarn has reached 10 under through 36 holes in the five-round final stage of LPGA Tour Q-School.
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Series: LPGA Tour

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 | 6:05 p.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour Q-School final.

The 18-year-old Jutanugarn had a 10-under total on the Champions Course at LPGA International in the five-round event.


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

"Eight birdies," Jutanugarn said. "I don't know how come. I'm serious."

Lacey Agnew was second after a 67.

Two-time LPGA Tour winner Christina Kim was third at 5 under after a 67. She is playing the qualifying tournament for the first time in her career.

"When I was younger, after I got my card on what is now the Symetra Tour, I had vowed that I would never have to go to Q-School," Kim said. "And I would now say that no one should ever be that arrogant.

"But now that I'm here, it has a very unique atmosphere," he added. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that everyone should do at least once. Not at least, just once. Because it's different."

The final top 20 will earn full tour status.

Jutanugarn followed up her first-round 68 with the low round of the tournament. She carded eight birdies and two bogeys to put her 10 under for the week.

The young player tends to undermine her ability but does a good job of keeping herself in check, with a field full of such talented players. She said at each stage of qualifying, she gets nervous off the first tee and has to work at calming her nerves.

"On the front nine, I did not feel comfortable," said Jutanugarn. "I just did not have the speed down on the greens. It's a little different from the other course."

She was 1 over through her first seven holes, but seemed to figure it out by the time she made the turn.

"I had my moment on 18, where I went way left on my second shot but then stuck it to three feet for birdie," said Jutanugarn. "I said, ‘OK, Moriya, come back."