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Yui Ueda followed his opening 8-under 63 with a 67 to remain atop the leaderboard and teenage phenom Ryo Ishikawa missed the cut by two shots at the Tsuruya Open on Friday.

Ueda had six birdies and two bogeys to reach 12-under 130, three strokes ahead of New Zealand’s David Smail, at Yamanohara Golf Club.

Smail made a double eagle on the par-5 15th hole and matched the day’s low round with a 64.

Shingo Katayama and Masaya Tomida both shot 66s to tie for third at 8-under.

Ishikawa birdied the first four holes but dropped four shots over the next four holes with two bogeys and a double bogey in a round of 72 that left him at 3-over 145.

Arimura in front

ITO , Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Chie Arimura made an albatross on the fifth hole en route to a 7-under-par 65 in the first round of the Fujisankei Ladies Classic on Friday.

Arimura, who is seeking her second title on the Japan LPGA tour after winning the 2008 Promise Ladies last June, also made five birdies against one bogey to move two strokes ahead of Ami Shiozaki at Kawana Hotel Golf Course.

Arimura got off to a birdie start and had a bogey on the third before she holed out a 3-wood from 235 yards on the par-5 fifth for a double eagle.

“When I recorded the albatross on my scorecard, it hit me and I was really elated,” Arimura said.

The 21-year-old Arimura was the first to make an albatross since Momoko Ueda accomplished the same feat on the way to victory in the final round of the 2007 Mizuno Classic.

Sakura Yokomine shot a 68 and was in a share of third with Australian Tamie Durdin and amateur Makoto Takemura. Last week’s Life Card Ladies winner Lee Ji Hee and South Korean compatriot Shin Ji Yai had 70s and were in a quintet tied for ninth.

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