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Neumann wins Japan Queens Cup

November 10, 1997

OTSU, Japan (AP) _ Liselotte Neumann has made the most of her infrequent trips to Japan, showing a particular liking for the Seta Golf Course.

The 31-year-old Swede won the Japan Queens Cup on Sunday at the 6,423-yard layout, closing with a birdie for a 5-under-par 67 and a one-stroke margin over former Canadian amateur star Lorie Kane.

Neumann, also the 1991 winner on the Seta course, earned $112,500 for her second LPGA tour victory of the year and 10th in 10 seasons. She had six birdies _ four in a row beginning with a 20-foot chip on No. 4 _ and a bogey to match the tournament record with an 11-under 205 total.

``I’m really happy to be back here this week and win again,″ said Neumann, who won the Welch’s Championship in September and also took the Japan LPGA’s Takara World Invitational last month at Sanbu. ``I played really well today. It always feels great to be the champion.″

The 1988 U.S. Open winner will play in the Australian Open next week in Melbourne before returning to the United States for the LPGA’s season-ending Tour Championship on Nov. 20-23 at Las Vegas.

Kane, winless in two seasons on the LPGA tour, also closed with a 67.

LPGA Championship winner Chris Johnson and England’s Lisa Hackney finished at 207. Johnson shot a 68, and Hackney had a 67.

England’s Laura Davies, a playoff loser last year to Japan’s Mayumi Hirase, had two eagles in a round of 67 to finish three back along with Australia’s Jane Geddes, Japan’s Kyoko Ono and Mayumi Murai, Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson, and Americans Michele Redman and Sherri Steinhauer.

American Leta Lindley, the second-round leader after a 65, closed with a 73 to drop into a four-way tie for 12th at 209. Hirase, a regular on U.S. LPGA tour, shot a 75 for a 217.

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