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Kawasaki shares lead

CHONAN, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Mitsuko Kawasaki shot a 3-under-par-69 to put herself in a tie for the lead with Taiwan’s Wei Yun-jye and Lu Hsiao-chuan after the first round of the storm-hit Itoen Ladies on Saturday.

Kawasaki, who won her first career title at the Belluna Ladies Cup in July, divided four birdies with a bogey on the 11th at Great Island Club to take her share of the lead in the tournament that has been shortened to 36 holes.