KONAN, Kochi Pref. (Kyodo) Rikako Morita shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup.
The up-and-coming 20-year-old reeled off three consecutive birdies from the fourth hole and added two more on the ninth and 12th at Tosa Country Club.
Morita held the first-round lead for the second week in a row, having tied for 32nd at the season-opening Daikin Orchid Ladies.
Mie Nakata and Kyoko Kadokawa were one shot off the pace.