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Hole-in-one powers Uehara to lead

KOBE (Kyodo) Ayako Uehara made the second hole-in-one of her career en route to a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the Suntory Ladies Open on Thursday.

A two-time winner on the tour, Uehara holed her tee shot with a 9-iron on the 144-yard, par-3 sixth hole and also had an eagle, three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey at Rokko Kokusai Golf Club.

She aced the same sixth hole in the third round of the 2007 Suntory Ladies Open.