Cdn Lee-Bentham shares LPGA victory

December 2, 2012, 8:55 PM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Canada’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to tie Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn for the top spot in the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament, leading the 20 players who earned full status.

Lee-Bentham, from Toronto, and Jutanugarn finished the five-round event at 13-under 347 at LPGA International. Jutanugarn shot a 74 after taking a six-stroke lead into the day.

Lee-Bentham wasn’t the only Canadian who earned full status for next year. Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont., finished eight shots back at 10th, despite shooting a 74 in the final.

Japan’s Ayako Uehara was third at 12 under after a 69. Kathleen Ekey followed at 10 under after a 65, and Lisa McCloskey and Japan’s Chie Arimura were 8 under. McCloskey had a 71, and Arimura shot 70.

Two-time tour winner Laura Diaz improved her status, tying for eighth at 6 under after a 72. Christina Kim, also a two-time tour winner, failed to improve her status, shooting a 74 to tie for 39th at 1 over.

Felicity Johnson also earned full status along with Karlin Beck, Kayla Mortellaro, Kim Welch, Brooke Pancake, Austin Ernst, Caroline Masson, amateur Marina Stuetz, Lauren Doughtie, Nicole Jeray, Taylore Karle and Irene Cho.

Doughtie, Jeray, Karle and Cho survived a seven-player playoff for the final spots.

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