NAGAOKA NIIGATA PREF. – Sakura Yokomine stayed in the hunt for her first win of the season Saturday, shooting a 1-under 71 to sit one stroke behind South Korean leader Lee Ji Hee.
Yokomine tied for second with rookie Miki Sakai, who finished her round with four straight birdies for a 69, at Yonex Country Club.
Lee shot a 70 and moved to 5 under for the tournament.
Hiromi Mogi (71) and Ritsuko Ryu (72) were two shots off the pace.
First-round leader Park In Bee faded to a 75 that dropped her into a share of 12th at 1 under.
Shinobu Moromizato had her streak of making the cut snapped at 79 dating back to September 2008.