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Friday, December 10, 2010

Korda makes her move at LPGA Q-School

Jessica Korda during the 2010 U.s. Women's Amateur/provided by McClatchy News-Service

Bradenton's Jessica Korda opened with a pair of 72s at the LPGA Tour's Q-School in Daytona Beach.

Then the 17-year-old amateur shot up the leaderboard with Friday's third round.

Korda blitzed the Legends Course at LPGA International - her second time around the track in the five-round tournament - with a 6-under 66.

She's tied for second place with former IMG Academies phenom Aree Song.

Bradenton's Jaclyn Sweeney carded a 75 and is at 5-over par, which places her in a tie for 44th after day three.

Former UNLV standout and IMG Academies student Seema Sadekar is further down the leaderboard in a tie for 63rd.

Sadekar shot a third-round 74, while playing the Champions Course, to post an 8-over 224 total through 54 holes.

Sadekar and Song's fellow IMG Academies alum, Virada Nirapathpongporn, was disqualified following Wednesday's opening round.

Play continues Saturday and concludes Sunday.

The top 20 gain full-time LPGA Tour status for the 2011 season.

Korda said over the summer if she qualifies, then she'll have to appeal to play the tour based on the age eligibility requirement, since she won't turn 18 until after the new year.

Here's Korda in a slideshow YouTube video:

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