Jutunugarn leads, Lee-Bentham third in LPGA qualifying

Associated Press

12/1/2012 5:29:06 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to maintain a six-stroke lead, while Toronto's Rebecca Lee-Bentham moved into third at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Lee-Bentham shot a 69 at the Champions Course, and is 8 under after four rounds. Canadian Stephanie Sherlock is tied for fourth at 7-under.

The 18-year-old Jutanugarn had a 15-under total at LPGA International. The final top 20 in the five-round event will earn full tour status.

Japan's Ayako Uehara was second, also after a 70.

Two-time tour winner Christina Kim, tied for third after the second round, followed her third-round 75 with a 73 to drop into a tie for 24th at 1 under.

Canadians Sue Kim and Seema Sadekar also advanced while Samantha Richdale, Kirby Dreher, Izzy Beiseigel, and Ashley Sholer missed the cut.