Aditi stays in the hunt for LPGA card at Tied 27 after 3 rounds

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 11:53 IST | V Krishnaswamy |

Daytona Beach, December 3: Aditi Ashok maintained her Tied-27th place with a card of one-under 71 that keeps in running for a coveted LPGA card from the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament

Aditi Ashok
Aditi Ashok

Daytona Beach, December 3: Aditi Ashok maintained her Tied-27th place with a card of one-under 71 that keeps in running for a coveted LPGA card from the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament.

Aditi had three birdies on fifth, eighth and 18th, while she dropped shots on 13th and 14th.

The five round qualifier will end on Sunday.

Nasa Hataoka (Japan), who will turn 18 in January, and the second youngest player in the field posted a 69 on Friday to grab a one-shot lead after three rounds. Hataoka has made 17 birdies through 54 holes for a total of 14-under, 202.

She is one shot clear of Jaye Marie Green (US), who posted a 67 in the same group as Hataoka to stand at 13-under, 203.

Olafia Kristinsdottir (Iceland) is in third place at 9-under, 207 after a 67 on the Hills course.

Hataoka is trying to become the first Japanese player to medal at Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament since 2005 when Ai Miyazato won at 17-under, 343.

Her mom, Hiromi, named her Nasa after the space program NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) because she wanted her to accomplish a lot and dream big.

Beth Allen, the Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit leader, posted a 4-under, 68 to move up to T10.

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