ICHIHARA, CHIBA PREF. – Little-known Mihoko Iseri shot a 6-under-par 66 to set the early pace in the opening round of the Cyber Agent Ladies on Friday.
The 25-year-old bogeyed her opening hole after teeing off on the 10th at Tsurumai Country Club but quickly rebounded to nail six birdies through her next nine holes.
Iseri, who has failed to make the cut so far this season, picked up another shot on the seventh on a bogey-free outward journey to finish one shot clear of Yukari Baba and Hiromi Mogi.
“I think my shots were steady. I wouldn’t say I did better than I expected to and think I was just able to stay very focused,” said Iseri.
Defending champion Shin Ji Yai of South Korea put together a 68 and shared fourth place with compatriot Lim Ji Na.