HAINAN ISLAND, China — Gaby Lopez shot a hole-in-one for a 6-under 66 on her 25th birthday and a one-stroke lead over Ariya Jutanugarn after the third spherical of the Blue Bay LPGA match on Friday.
Lopez had her ace on the par-Three 17th, and the Mexican participant shall be in search of her first LPGA victory in Saturday’s closing spherical at the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club. She had a 9-under whole of 207 after three rounds.
Jutanugarn led by 4 strokes after the second spherical however slipped to a 71, which included a bogey on the ultimate gap.
Sung Hyun Park shot a 67 and fellow South Korean Sei Young Kim had a 68 to place them each inside 5 strokes of the lead.
The match wraps up 5 straight weeks of play for the LPGA in Asia.