Emily Tubert one stroke clear; Mia Piccio firmly on track in LPGA qualifying

RANCHO MIRAGE, California — Emily Tubert shot a third round 66 on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) to sit at 10-under overall for the tournament and will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club.

SooBin Kim sits a stroke back while Sammi Stevens is three back of Tubert.

Mia Piccio of the Philippines stayed on track Stage II, adding a 73 to earlier rounds of 69-74 for a share of 21st place.

The Rancho Mirage Qualifier is the first of the LPGA Tour’s three qualifying events in 2014.

The top-100 players and ties from this week will advance to the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida, from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4. A minimum of the top 80 and ties from Stage II will advance into the Final Qualifying Tournament.

Stage III of LPGA Q-School will be contested over 90 holes Dec. 3-7, at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. Top finishers in the final stage will earn 2015 LPGA membership.

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