Latin America & the Caribbean

Song, Feng lead LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament

Inbee Park

South Korea’s Inbee Park poses with the trophy at the end of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Inbee Park won the tournament. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

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.


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