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Lee, Tseng Share Lead in Kosaido Ladies

September 28, 1996

ICHIHARA, Japan (AP) _ South Korean Lee Young-mee birdied the final hole en route to a 3-under-par 69 Saturday and shared a two-shot lead with Tseng Hsiu-feng of Taiwan going into the final round of the Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup tournament.

Tseng, in contention for her second victory in Japan, shot a 71 to share the lead at 3-under 141.

Lee, seeking her third title this season and sixth overall in Japan, scattered five birdies and two bogeys as she overcame tougher pin placements and posted the day’s best score on the 6,240-yard, par-72 Chiba Kosaido Country Club course.

Lee shot her fifth birdie of the day when her third shot from a sand trap near the green hit the pin and dropped into the cup on the par-4 18th.

``This season, I’ve missed quite a few cuts,″ said Lee. ``My right leg was aching and bothering my swing. But after a week of rest and treatment in Seoul, I feel that it’s getting better.″

Tseng, also a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour, is seeking her first victory since winning the Resort Trust Cleanup Ladies in July 1994.

Hisako ``Chako″ Higuchi, Japan’s winningest woman golfer with 72 victories, shot a 70 for 143.

Kyoko Ono carded a 70 to share fourth place at 144 with Yuko Motoyama, who had a 71. The two were among only six players who broke par in the second round.

Veteran Tu Ai-yu of Taiwan, winless since 1994, shot a 72 and tied for sixth at 145 with Aiko Hashimoto, this season’s leading money winner, and two others. Hashimoto had a 73.

Tu is seeking her 58th career victory.

First-round leader Mariko Otani struggled to a 78 and fell to a tie for 16th at 147, while defending champion Huang Bie-shyun of Taiwan fired a 75 and plunged to a tie for 25th at 149.

Of a field of 107, 55 players survived the cut at 151.

The winner will collect $97,740 from a $543,000 purse.

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