Furue, Nishimura set pace at Junior Cup

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Ayaka Furue watches her shot during the first round of the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup on Tuesday in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.

The Yomiuri Shimbun TOYOTA, Aichi — Japan’s Ayaka Furue and Yuna Nishimura shared the lead with South Korea’s Lee Su Jeong at 4-under 68 after the first round Tuesday in the individual girls competition of the 2018 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.

Host Japan was in first place at 8-under 136 in the nine-country team competition, in which the top two scores count, followed by South Korea at 140 and Canada at 142.

“I was in good shape because my shots were stable,” said Furue, a third-year student at Takigawa Daini High School in Hyogo Prefecture. “I’ll seek to mark a good score, rather than thinking about winning.”

In the individual boys event, Keita Nakajima was tied with two others for fourth place at 4-under 67.

David Puig Currius of Spain and Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark shared the lead at 6 under, while Kim Seung Min of South Korea was another shot back in third.

“I was looking forward to this competition because I can compete with players from overseas and it’s a high level,” said Nakajima, a third-year student at Yoyogi High School in Tokyo. “I’ll try not to shoot bogeys tomorrow to secure more good chances.”

In the 15-country boys competition, the top three scores count toward the total. Japan was third at 5-under 208, five strokes behind Spain and three behind South Korea.

The four-day event is being held at the Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino course, with special support from The Yomiuri Shimbun. The par-71 course for boys is 6,843 yards, while the girls played 6,130 yards at par 72. The event is for players 18 and under, and is not open to college students. Speech

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