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Kubo Leads Season-Opening Daikin Orchid Ladies

March 1, 1996

TAMAGUSUKUSON, Okinawa (AP) _ Japan’s Mikino Kubo shot a 4-under-par 68 today for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Japan LPGA’s season-opening Daikin Orchid Ladies.

Japan’s Aiko Hashimoto opened with a 70 on the Ryukyu Golf Club course and compatriots Ritsu Imahori, Yuko Moriguchi, Chieko Nishida and Hisako Takeda were three back along with Taiwan’s Wu Ming-yeh.

American star Patty Sheehan was six back in a group that included Japan’s Ayako Okamoto and South Korea’s Ko Woo-soon. American Jean Bartholomew and New Zealand’s Marnie McGuire shot 79s.

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