Canadian Jaclyn Lee sits atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Q-Series LPGA qualifying tournament.
The 21-year-old Calgary native shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 on Wednesday at Pinehurst Course No. 6 to put herself well on her way to gaining an LPGA card for the 2019 season.
“I just played some solid golf today, gave myself opportunities for birdies and I made a couple, so that was nice to have,” said Lee.
Lee has had a strong year, reaching the semifinals of the British Amateur and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur. She also made the cut at the Meijer LPGA Championship.
A minimum of the top-45 players and ties will receive LPGA membership for 2019.
Two other Canadians are attempting to earn LPGA status through the Q-Series.
Quebec City’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay is 23rd after a 1-over 73. Meanwhile, Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., opened with a 6-over 78 to sit 84th.