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Muraguchi stays on top at ResortTrust Ladies

July 19, 1997

HIGASHIKAMO, Japan (AP) _ Fumiko Muraguchi shot a 3-under-par 69 today and extended her lead to four strokes going into the final round of the $433,000 ResortTrust Ladies.

Muraguchi, after starting with a one-shot lead, scattered five birdies and two bogeys for a 36-hole total of 9-under 135 on the 6,402-yard, par-72 St. Creek Golf Club course.

``Pin placements were tougher today, and I was shaken a little when I bogeyed the first hole,″ said Muraguchi, in contention for her first title in two years and fourth overall. ``But I tried to play relaxed by telling myself that everybody was facing the same adversity.

Yuri Kawanami, looking for her first victory in seven years as a pro, shot a 70 for 139.

South Korean Ko Woo-soon, who leads the money list with two victories so far this season, and Mina Nishikawa each shot the day’s best round of 67 and shared third place at 140.

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