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Jennifer Kirby leads five Canadians into final round of LPGA Q-School

Jennifer Kirby

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Jennifer Kirby has put herself in position to graduate to the LPGA Tour in her first attempt at qualifying school. The Paris, Ont. native carded a fourth round 71 on the LPGA International's Jones Course on Saturday to leave her tied for ninth with one round to go.

The field was cut to the top 70 and ties for Sunday's final round where the top 20 will earn full-time status in 2014. Players finishing 21st to 45th and ties will earn conditional status. Everyone who made the cut on Saturday has guaranteed themselves status on the Symetra Tour.

Joining Kirby in search for a full-time card is Erica Rivard of Tecumseh, Ont., who is tied for 46th after a fourth round 70. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que. is also tied for 46th after a round of 71.

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Lorie Kane of Charlottetown is tied for 56th after a round of 72. A four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Kane is playing to try and improve her priority standing for next year which would get her into more tournaments.

Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., who came out of retirement last season, is tied for 63rd after her best round of the week, a 67.

Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont., shot 73 and missed the cut by a single stroke as did Natalie Gleadall (75) of Stratford, Ont.

Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault, Que., who earned her Tour card a year ago at q-school, also missed out this time around after shooting 72.

Ashley Sholer (74) of Hamilton, Ont. and Nicole Vandermade (68) also missed the cut.

Jaye Marie Green increased her lead to nine strokes Saturday and appears unreachable, reaching 25 under par after four rounds.

The 19-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, has gone 57 holes without a bogey since dropping a stroke on her 15th hole Wednesday in an opening 62.

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South Korea's Mi Rim Lee was second after a 69. She had a course-record 61 on Friday

Tiffany Joh was third at 14 under after a 68.

Other notables who made the 72-hole cut include 2005 U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim (T27), China's youngest female professional Xiyu Lin (13th); and nine-year LPGA Tour veteran Reilley Rankin (T18).

Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, missed the cut. She closed with a 73 on the Hills Course to tie for 102nd at 8 over.

(Files from the Associated Press were used in this report)

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