Amanuma cards 6-under 66, grabs share of lead


Chieko Amanuma matched the day’s low round with a 6-under 66 to climb into a share of the lead with Shin Hyun Ju after the second round of the Nichi-Iko Women’s Open on Saturday.

Amanuma, a six-time winner on the Japan LPGA Tour, made an eagle, five birdies and a bogey to reach 10-under 134 at Yatsuo Country Club.

She holed out her second shot with a 6-iron for an eagle on the seventh hole after she was stung by a bee behind her left knee while walking to the sixth hole.

“My leg hurt but I wasn’t bothered by it,” Amanuma said. “Maybe I was stung because I wore shorts today. I don’t usually wear them. I’m craving for a win so I hope I convey this spirit in my golf tomorrow.”

Amanuma last won at the Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup in 2006, after winning five times in 2001.

Shin, one of the three overnight coleaders, made seven birdies against a pair of bogeys en route to a 67.

Tour rookie Hiroko Ayada sat two shots off the pace in third after a 69. Mayumi Shimomura carded a 66 to move into a three-way tie for fourth at 6 under.

Ikeda in control

TSU , Mie Pref. (Kyodo) Yuta Ikeda shot a sizzling 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Toshin Golf Tournament.

Ikeda made nine birdies, including five in a row, against one bogey for an 18-under 198 total in the inaugural event at Toshin Lake Wood Golf Club.

The second-place finisher in the 2009 JGTO money rankings is looking for his first win of the season. His best result so far this year is a tie for ninth at the Japan PGA Championship in May.

Tour rookie Shunsuke Sonoda had a 70 to sit alone in second.

Toshinori Muto was six shots off the lead in third after a 66.

Kunihiro Kamii, who shared the second-round lead with Sonoda, struggled to a 74, leaving him tied for fifth at 10 under.