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September 27, 1985

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan (AP) _ Unheralded Kazushige Kono fired a five-under-par 67 for 137 and surged to a one-stroke lead Friday after the second round in the $227,000 Gene Sarazen Jun Classic golf tournament.

Kono, who started the second round in fourth place, needed only 14 putts on each nine on his way to a bogey-free round over the 7,055-yard, par-72 Jun Classic Country Club course, north of Tokyo.

Kono told reporters, ″It was first time for me to take the lead. Today’s 67 was my second best score after a 66 scored three years ago.″

First-round leader Masahiro Kuramoto dropped to second place after shooting a 72 for 138.

Payne Stewart and two Japanese - Kimpachi Yoshimura and Hiroshi Ishii - shared third spot at 139. Stewart fired a 70, Yoshimura a 69 and Ishii a 70.

Hubert Green, the 1985 PGA champion, barely made the cut at 147. He had a 74.

A field of 64 players who scored less than 148 advanced into the final rounds Saturday and Sunday.


CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Tu Ai-yu and Cheng Mei-chi, both of Taiwan, and Japan’s Shihomi Suzuki each shot two-under-par 70 to share the first-round lead in the Kosai-do Asahi Golf Cup Friday.

Tu, the current leading money winner on the Japan LPGA tour, had a rare erratic round, scoring a bogey on the first hole and a double bogey on the 10th hole. She also picked up seven birdies and two other bogies over the par- 72 Chiba Kosai-do Country Club course, east of Tokyo.

Chen, a rookie on the JLPGA tour, carded three birdies and one bogey.

Suzuki, who has won only one tournament in her seven-year pro career, led off the round with a birdie on the first hole. She collected three more birdies and two bogies.

Veteran Michiko Okada and Kayoko Suzuki were tied for fourth place after firing 71s.

Pia Nilson of Sweden led a group of three players sharing sixth spot at 72.

The winner takes home $22,800 out of a total purse of $227,000.


MONTREAL (AP) - After years of living with the unfinished Olympic Stadium in the east end, Montrealers are finally going to see some progress on finishing its tower and roof.

The first phase of visible construction on the mast was officially started Thursday as reporters were invited to watch a crane hoist into place a 14- tonne steel shell component.

The leaning mast will now grow seven to eight metres each month, until next fall when it reaches its full height, comparable to a 55-story building.

The retractable canvas roof suspended on cables from the mast will be put in place in the spring of 1987, just in time for the baseball season, said Serge Talbot, construction and maintenance director of the Olympics Installations Board.

The soaring mast and the roof were originally intended to be ready for the 1976 Summer Olympics, and still decorate Montreal postcards. The Games went ahead without the roof, since they have to be under the open sky anyway, but with huge cost overruns the provincial government was reluctant to spend more to complete the stadium as designed by its French architect, Roger Taillibert.

Talbot said he expects 300,000 people to visit the ″Leaning Tower of Montreal″ each year. Visitors will be able to take a cable car up the outside of the mast to an observation deck at the top. A restaurant may be built right below the observation deck.

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