Jaye Marie Green birdied eight of her first 10 holes Saturday and grabbed a one-shot lead entering the final round of the Volunteers of America Classic in The Colony, Texas.
Her third-round score of 7-under 64 moved her to 14-under 199, one better than LPGA Tour rookie Cheyenne Knight (67) and two strokes ahead of Katherine Perry (66) and Brittany Altomare (68).
All four women are looking for their first LPGA victory.
Green carded a 28 on the front nine (par 35), parring the fifth and ninth holes and posting birdies at the other seven.
Green followed back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 14-15 by saving par with a long putt from off the green at the 16th and sinking an 18-foot birdie at the 17th at Old American Golf Club.
Knight, who grew up in Texas, finished with birdies at the par-3 16th and par-4 18th to get into the final grouping at 13 under.
Perry’s eventful third round included eagles at the par-5 sixth and 13th holes, four birdies and three bogeys.
Altomare had four birdies and one bogey.
South Korea’s Sei Young Kim (67) is in fifth place at 9 under, followed by countrywoman Jeongeun Lee6 (68) in a four-way tie for sixth at 8 under with Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall (69), Jane Park (69) and Canadian Alena Sharp (72).
First-round leader Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland, who opened with an 8-under 63 Thursday, slipped into a tie for 10th place with a 2-over 73 on Saturday. She is eight shots behind Green.
Defending champion Sung Hyun Park of South Korea finished at even par for the second straight day, leaving her tied for 29th at 2 under.