Veteran Fukushima shares lead


Tour veteran Akiko Fukushima carded a sparkling 6-under-par 66 to share top spot on the leaderboard with Mihoko Takahashi after the first round of the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament on Friday. Fukushima, who claimed the 22nd title of her career at last month’s Belluna Ladies, made six birdies in a blemish-free round at Karuizawa 72 Golf North Course in Nagano Prefecture, and Takahashi enjoyed an identical round.