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Higo, Fudo Share Vernal Golf Lead

May 13, 2000

AMAGI, Japan (AP) _ Kaori Higo shot a two-under-par 70 Saturday to share the one-stroke lead with Yuri Fudo after the second round in the $740,740 Vernal Cup RKB Ladies golf tournament.

Higo had four birdies and a pair of bogies over the 6,490-yard, par-72 Fukuoka Century Golf Club course on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, bringing her 36-hole total to 2-under-par 142.

Fudo shot an even-par Saturday with four birdies, one bogey and a double bogey.

One stroke behind was Aki Takamura, who shot a 73 for a two-round total of 1-under 143.

Of the 106 players who teed off in the rain Saturday, 53, including 14 non-Japanese, made the cut at 8-over 152. The winner will receive the first prize money of $130,000).

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