Brogan McKinnon of Mississauga, Ont., maintained her lead at stage II of LPGA qualifying by shooting a second-round one-under 71 to move to seven-under 137 after 36 holes.
McKinnon, who shot a 66 in Tuesday’s opening round, holds a two-stroke advantage over Minjee Lee of Perth, Australia, Ginger Howard of Bradenton, Fla., and Celine Herbin of Santander, Spain.
“It was a good day,” said McKinnon, 19.
“Just like (Tuesday), all parts of my game were working well. I made three birdies on the front nine after a bogey and my putting was great again. I feel like my game is in pretty good shape,” she said.
With the 36-hole lead in hand, McKinnon will now aim for medalist honours at Stage II, which ends on Friday.
“It would be nice to get my first professional win at qualifying tournament, but top 80 is every player’s goal and if I need to play it safe, I will, but I will try and win now,” said McKinnon.
The top 80 players plus ties advance to final stage of LPGA qualifying school, which takes place at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., Dec. 3-7.
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