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Seniors win 3 Tours Championship for first time in three years

Kyodo

The senior men’s tour picked up its first win in three years and second overall at the 3 Tours Championship annual team event on Sunday.

The seniors, led by Naomichi Ozaki and Tsuneyuki Nakajima, earned a total of 19.5 points at Hirakawa Country Club in Chiba Prefecture.

The men’s regular tour, featuring Toru Taniguchi and Yoshinori Fujimoto, finished second with 18.5 points and the defending champion women’s team that included Chie Arimura and Miki Saiki, was third with 16 points.

Twenty percent of the 30 million yen purse will be donated to children who lost parents in the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The competition featured six players from each of the three domestic tours, who used three different tee boxes to make it 3,596 yards for the men’s regular tour, 3,473 yards for the senior tour and 3,201 yards for the women over the par-36, nine-hole layout.