KUTZTOWN, Pa., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Australia's Michelle Ellis ran off five consecutive birdies Saturday and fired a 7-under-par 65 to grab a two-stroke lead over compatriot Karrie Webb after three rounds of the Betsy King Classic.
A 26-year-old coming off consecutive runner-up finishes, Ellis overcame an early bogey with eight birdies, including five in a row beginning at the eighth hole. The run coincided with Ellis being miked for television coverage.
"You have to watch that guy with the microphone," said Ellis, who has a 54-hole total of 15-under 201. "He put the mike on me and that was when the show started. It was like I knew I was on, the TV is on. He did the same thing on Thursday, too. And that was when I also had five birdies in a row."
Webb, a two-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year, followed a 65 with a 67 to climb to 13-under 203.
"I'm pretty pleased with my round. It's hard to back up a 65," she said. "I didn't hit it as well, but I did hit good iron shots. I tried to make putts, but it's hard to feel 67 is as good after a 65. I'm a couple shots out of the lead and it's still anyone's tournament."
Danielle Ammaccapane, who shared the lead after each of the previous two rounds, had a 71 that dropped her five shots behind Ellis. Second-round co-leader Wendy Doolan, another Australian, was another stroke back after a 72.