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M. Ueda maintains Life Card lead

Kyodo

Overnight leader Momoko Ueda shot a 1-under-par 71 in the second round of the Life Card Ladies on Saturday heading into the final round two strokes clear of South Korea’s Shin Hyun Ju. Looking for her first career victory, the 20-year-old Ueda carded four birdies and three bogeys to hold onto the top of the leaderboard at Kumamoto Kuko Country Club.

Shin, a two-time winner on the Japan LPGA circuit, moved up from a tie for third after a 70 that put her in title contention for the second straight week following a third-place finish at the Studio Alice Ladies Open.

Erina Hara, a 19-year-old former world junior runnerup, also had a 70 to stand alone in third at even-par 144. South Korean Lee Ji Hee and Chie Arimura were another stroke back, both shooting 72s. Six-time money title winner Yuri Fudo shot a 70 to move into a ninth-place group.