DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- It was another tough day Friday for Allyssa Ferrell.
Unfortunately for the Edgerton native, this time she was in the minority during the third round of the final stage of LPGA Tour Qualifying School at LPGA International.
After two, tough days in which just 16 golfers broke 70, there were 22 sub-70 rounds in Friday’s third round and Ferrell wasn’t one of them. She made three birdies, but also had seven bogeys in her second straight 76, which left her tied for 143rd place at 13-over-par 229 after 54 holes.
Japan’s Nasa Hataoka took over the top spot after a 3-under 69 left her at 8-under 208 with a one-stroke lead over Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan (67) and American Marissa Steen (71).
The 165-golfer field will be trimmed to the low 70 golfers plus ties after Saturday’s fourth round for the final 18 holes. After 54 holes, there were 72 golfers at 4-over or better in the scramble to play on the final day of the 90-hole event Sunday.
There were 20 golfers at 2-under or better -- the cutoff for fully exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2018. Golfers finishing 21st through 45th will receive conditional status on the LPGA Tour while the remainder of the field will be slotted for status on the developmental Symetra Tour.
Ferrell finished 102nd in the Volvik Race for the Card splitting time between the Symetra Tour and the LPGA Tour in 2017, earning $7,705 in 13 appearances. She was 162nd on the LPGA Tour money list as a rookie this past season, earning $14,715 in seven starts.