Izawa leads Tokai Classic by two

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 MIYOSHI, Aichi Pref., – Toshimitsu Izawa chipped in for birdie on the 18th hole to cap a solid round of 4-under-par 68 Friday as he grabbed a two-shot lead midway through the Georgia Tokai Classic tournament.Izawa made four birdies without a blemish at the Miyoshi Country Club’s West Course in Aichi Prefecture on his way to an 11-under 133 total, followed by little-known Yoshikazu Haku, Nozomi Kawahara and first-round leader Nobuhito Sato at 135. Monday qualifier Haku followed his first-round 68 with a 67 in his debut in an top-tier tour event, while Kawahara held steady with a 68 with five birdies and one bogey. Fudo grabs leadNIISATO, Gunma Pref., (Kyodo) Yuri Fudo, on course to win back-to-back money titles on the Japan LPGA tour, fired a 7-under-par 65 Friday for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Sankyo Ladies Open. Fudo made four straight birdies from No. 2 and three straight from No. 9 at Akagi Country Club as she matched the best round of her professional career in pursuit of a fourth victory of the year.South Korean veteran Ku Ok Hee and tour rookie Hiroko Yamaguchi share second place behind the defending champion after 67s, followed by Orie Fujino, who had a 68 on a cloudy, near-windless day. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

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