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Yamana leads Suntory Ladies

June 13, 1997

MINOU, Japan (AP) _ Japan’s Yuki Yamana shot a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Suntory Ladies Open.

Yamana, 29, a rookie on the Japan LPGA tour, closed with three straight birdies and also had an eagle on the Arima Royal Golf Club course.

Japan’s Toshimi Kimura and Taiwan’s Cheng Mei-chi opened with 67s, while Australia’s Ray Bell and Japan’s Kayo Segawa followed at 68.