Nakata takes lead at Katokichi Queens

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I sat at the top of the leaderboard for the first time in a while. I’ve been trying hard, but my work hasn’t really produced results,” Nakata said, who came second at the same tournament in 2003. “Today, I was able to recover from mistakes.”Bae, a rookie on the Japanese women’s tour, had a bogey-free round of 67 to place second, followed by Yuka Irie and Nahoko Hirao another stroke back.Yuri Fudo, who is aiming for her seventh straight money title on the JLPGA tour, carded a 70 to place her in a tie for ninth. Sakura Yokomine was tied for 16th at 71 with defending champion Midori Yoneyama, Shiho Oyama, the winner of last week’s Fujisankei Ladies Classic, and six others.Sunday’s winner will take home 10.8 million yen from the 60 million yen purse. TAKAMATSU, Kagawa Pref. – Mie Nakata fired a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over South Korea’s Bae Jae Hee after the first round of the Katokichi Queens on Friday.Looking for her first career title, the 29-year-old Nakata made seven birdies, including on the first two and final two holes, against one bogey at Yashima Country Club in Kagawa Prefecture.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img