ITOSHIMA, Fukuoka Pref. – Winless Kunihiro Kamii highlighted a 5-under 67 with another hole-in-one and took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta on Saturday.
Kamii moved to 17-under 199 to lead a second-placed trio featuring Hideto Tanihara, while Ryo Ishikawa surrendered his overnight lead but remained in the chase for the title after a 70 left him two shots back.
Kamii, whose best finish so far on the JGTO Tour was a tie for fourth at the 2008 Tokai Classic, overcame a bogey on the fourth hole with a birdie on the next before nailing a hole-in-one with an 8 iron on the par-3 eighth, just as he had in Thursday’s first round at Keya Golf Club in Fukuoka Prefecture.
“My shots were untidy and it was tough,” said Kamii. “I got going after that hole-in-one put me at ease.”
According to the JGTO, it is the first time on record that a player has had a hole-in-one twice in the same tournament on the same hole since 1985.
The 27-year-old from Osaka held steady after the turn and picked up three more shots on a bogey-free back nine to move into pole position.
Tanihara shot a bogey-free 67 and was tied for second with American Jay Choi and South Korea’s S.K. Ho, who both had 68s.
Ishikawa, who began the day one shot ahead of Kamii, Choi and Ho, put together three birdies before blotting his scorecard with a bogey on the 15th to share fifth with Yasuharu Imano (68).
Kizawa seeks title
TOMAKOMAI , Hokkaido (Kyodo) Veteran Nobuko Kizawa had the day’s low round, a 7-under 65, on Saturday to hold a one-shot lead after the second round of the inaugural Nitori Ladies.
The 40-year-old Kizawa, still seeking her maiden win on the JLPGA Tour, birdied six of her first eight holes before mixing two birdies with a bogey on the back nine for a 10-under 134 total at Katsura Golf Club.
She has tied for second twice in her career, at the NEC Karuizawa 72 in 1997 and the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic in 2007.
South Korea’s Kim Na Ri turned in a 67 to sit alone in second place.
Yukari Baba (69) and first-round leader Shinobu Moromizato (71) were tied for third, two shots behind Kizawa.
Money leader Ahn Sun Ju was two strokes further back in fifth after a 70.
Sakura Yokomine shot her second straight 70, leaving her tied for eighth at 4 under.