Korda leads by two at LPGA Qualifying School

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Seventeen-year-old amateur Jessica Korda carded a three-under 69 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after four rounds of LPGA Tour Qualifying School.

Korda, the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda, completed 72 holes at nine-under-par 279.

Aree Song, who played alongside Korda on the Champions Course at LPGA International, managed a one-under 71 and is alone in second place at minus- seven.

Libby Smith, who owned at least a piece of the lead after the first three rounds, stumbled to her second straight one-over 73 on the Legends course. She fell into third place at six-under-par 282.

Play rotated between the Champions and Legends courses for the first four rounds, while the final round will be played on the Champions Course.

Korda got off to a quick start with birdies on the first two holes to move to eight-under. She tripped to a bogey on the third, but atoned for that mistake with a birdie at the seventh.

The teenager also birdied the ninth to make the turn at minus-nine. She parred the first six holes of the back nine.

Korda faltered to a bogey on the 16th, but was still one clear of the field. She closed with a birdie at the par-five 18th to lead by two after 72 holes.

Song had seven pars and two birdies on her front nine. She got to minus-nine with a birdie on the 12th, but dropped shots on the 14th and 16th to slide back to seven-under.

NOTES: There was a one-hour fog delay at the start of the round...The low 20 players will earn LPGA Tour cards for the 2011 season...Players who finish 21st-30th and 31st-40th will be placed in Category 16 and 19 respectively, which gives them a chance to Monday qualify and possible entry into any full- field event...The four-round cut was made at nine-over-par 297 with 73 players moving on to the final round...Among those who missed the cut were Ashleigh Simon, Dorothy Delasin, Michelle Ellis and Kelli Kuehne.


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