TOGO, Aichi Pref. – Overnight leader Kunihiro Kamii shot a 4-under 66 Friday to hold a three-stroke lead at the midway point of The Crowns.
Kamii, a 27-year-old who has yet to win on the JGTO Tour, made five birdies and one bogey for a 9-under 131 total on the par-70 layout at Nagoya Golf Club.
Tied for second were Hiroyuki Fujita (65), Tadahiro Takayama (67) and Yasuharu Imano (68).
Michio Matsumura and former U.S. PGA player Shigeki Maruyama were a shot further back after rounds of 67 and 69, respectively.
Yuta Ikeda shot a 67 to share 11th at 3 under, while Ryo Ishikawa had a 70, leaving him tied for 14th at 2 under.
Legendary 72-year-old Teruo Sugihara missed the cut as he followed his opening 77 with a 78 in his 51st consecutive appearance at The Crowns.
Arimura sets pace
ICHIHARA , Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Chie Arimura shot a 3-under 69 to set the early pace after the first round of the Cyber Agent Ladies on Friday.
Arimura, who won this event last year when it was known as the Crystal Geyser Ladies, made a birdie-bogey start at Tsurumai Country Club before picking up shots on Nos. 5, 11 and 12 to establish a one-stroke advantage over Nozomi Inoue and South Korean Jeon Mi Jeong.
The 22-year-old from Kumamoto is gunning for her second title of the season following a playoff victory over South Korea’s Park In Bee at the Studio Alice Ladies Open earlier this month.
U.S. LPGA player Momoko Ueda and 2008 JLPGA money winner Miho Koga both turned in identical rounds of 71 and were among a group of six players tied for fourth.
Sakura Yokomine and Shinobu Moromizato both struggled to 75s while last week’s Fujisankei Ladies Classic winner Mayu Hattori stumbled to a 77.