OTARU, Hokkaido – Hidemasa Hoshino stayed on course for the second victory of his career, shooting a second-round 69 to maintain his three-stroke lead at the Sun Chlorella Classic on Friday.
Hoshino, whose only title on the tour came at the 2003 Chunichi Crowns, made four birdies against a bogey at Otaru Country Club on his way to an 11-under 133 total.
Shingo Katayama fired a 66 that moved him from 10th place into a tie for second at 8-under 136.
Toshimitsu Izawa, a two-time money title winner, shot a 69 and climbed into a tie for third with Keiichiro Fukabori, who had a 70, one stroke further behind. Tour veteran Kiyoshi Murota (68), China’s Liang Wenchong (69) and Satoru Hirota (71) followed at 138.
Fifteen-year-old amateur Ryota Ito made the cut for the second straight week at 1-under 143.
Kazuhiro Fukunaga became only the second player on the tour to post a hole-in-one in two consecutive weeks.
Oyama grabs early lead
CHIBA (Kyodo) Shiho Oyama shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Yuri Fudo and three others after the first round of the Crystal Geyser Ladies on Friday.
Oyama, who is aiming for her second career victory on the Japan LPGA tour, made seven birdies against a lone bogey to move atop the leaderboard at Keiyo Country Club in Chiba Prefecture.
Fudo, who finished 15th at the Women’s British Open last week, drained six birdies, including three in her first four holes, with one bogey in a round of 67 for a share of second with Rui Kitada, Mineko Nasu and Yoko Yamagishi.
South Korean Grace Park, who placed second on the U.S. LPGA money list last season, carded a 2-under 70 for a share of 17th place, while Sakura Yokomine was in a tie for 27th after turning in 71.
Ai Miyazato is not competing in the 60 million yen tournament. Sunday’s winner will take home 10.8 million yen in prize money.
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