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Christine Song leads LPGA Tour Q-school

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Christine Song shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Friday on LPGA International's Champions Course to increase her lead to five strokes after the third round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

``I was scrambling so much today,'' said the 20-year-old Song, from Fullerton, Calif. ``My shots weren't very good and my chipping and putting were so-so, but I got it done.''

She had a 10-under 206 total in the five-round event.

The top 40 and ties will receive LPGA Tour membership.

Jennie Lee was second after a 69 on the Champions Course.

``I putted really well today and my short game was good,'' said the 25-year-old Lee, a member of the Duke team that won the 2007 NCAA title on the Legends Course. ``I have some good memories here.''

Jacqui Concolino and amateur Stephanie Kono were 3 under. Concolino had a 71, and Kono shot a 75. They also played the Champions Course.

``My ball-striking just wasn't very solid, so I need to go try to figure it out on the range,'' said Kono, a senior at UCLA. ``Fortunately, there are two more rounds to go.''

Concolino, a 24-year-old former Vanderbilt player, eagled the par-5 13th hole, hitting a 3-wood from 235 yards to 8 feet.

``That was the shot of the day,'' Concolino said. ``I made a few really good putts.''

Seventeen-year-old Ginger Howard, trying to become only the fourth black player on the LPGA Tour, was tied for 27th at 4 over after a 71 on the Champions Course. She shot a 79 on Thursday on the Legends Course.

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