DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Christine Song and China’s Simin Feng each shot 7-under 65 on Wednesday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Song and Feng opened on LPGA International’s Jones Course. South Korea’s Julie Yang was third after a 66 on the Hills Course, and Cydney Clanton had a 67 on the Jones Course.
The top 20 finishers Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.
Song, from Fullerton, California, made seven starts on the LPGA Tour this year while recovering from a back injury. She also played 11 tournaments on the Symetra Tour.
“I definitely want to be back out there,” Song said. “I can play out there and I can win out there and I really want to get back there ASAP.”
The 20-year-old Simin birdied four of her final five holes.
“I hit all of the fairways and only missed two greens so that was the key,” Feng said.