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Oyama set for comeback

Kyodo News

Shiho Oyama will make her comeback after a year out of competition at next week’s Golf 5 Ladies, her management agency said Thursday.

Oyama, the top earner on the JLPGA Tour in 2006, had been taking time out after undergoing surgery on her left elbow last December. The Golf 5 Ladies, getting under way in Gifu Prefecture on Sept. 3, will be her first competitive event since playing at a U.S. LPGA Tour event in Sept. 2009.

Tsumagari in control

ITOSHIMA , Fukuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Unheralded Taigen Tsumagari went on a birdie binge and established a two-shot lead after a bogey free 9-under 63 in the first round of the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Tsumagari picked up four shots on the front nine at Keya Golf Club, draining five more birdies on his inward journey to close out two strokes ahead of Michio Matsumura.

South Korea’s S.K. Ho and American Jay Choi were among a multinational quartet sharing third place at 66.

Ryo Ishikawa, playing in his first event in Japan since missing the cut at the PGA Championship, had six birdies after a lone bogey on his opening 10th hole and was among 14 players another shot off the pace.

Yuta Ikeda got off to a lackluster start in his defense of the Vana H title, carding a 73.