Park increases lead at LPGA Q-school

Park increases lead at LPGA Q-school

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jane Park shot a 2-under 70 on Thursday at LPGA International to increase her lead to three strokes over Kelli Kuehne after the second round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

The top 17 players Sunday after the fifth round will earn 2008 LPGA Tour cards, while the next 35 will receive conditional status.

Park, the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur winner, had a 9-under 135 total.

“A 70 is definitely not 65, but I’m very pleased with my score. I was able to pull out another sub-par round and, overall, I’m very pleased with how I played,” Park said. “I think of it as one day at a time. After I shot 65, I quickly erased it from mind.

“You have to come out with the mind-set that everyone starts at even par. Tomorrow I am looking to do the same thing I’ve been doing. It’s just one shot at a time. I want to clean the slate and go out there and get another sub-par round.”

Kuehne shot a 71.

“I’ve had some really good prep work coming into this event,” Kuehne said. “For the past seven weeks, I’ve been on a mission to get ready for this, and I feel like I’m ready. Hopefully, this turns out the way that I planned for, but I’ll accept my fate whatever may come of it.”

Tracy Hanson (66) and Hee Young Park (67) were 5 under, and Carolina Llano (71), Meredith Duncan (71), Hannah Jun (67) and Ashleigh Simon (70) were 4 under.

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