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Japan’s girls head into last day atop Junior Cup

The Yomiuri ShimbunTOYOTA, Aichi — Host Japan moved into first place on Day 3 of the girls’ team competition on Thursday at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture. Japan jumped up from second, finishing at 13-under 419 as it heads into the final round at the Chukyo Golf Club.

In boys’ action, Japan moved into second at 29-under 610, nine strokes behind South Africa. Yuta Sugiura rose to second on the individual leaderboard, finishing at 12-under 201.

A student at Fukui High School in Fukui Prefecture, Sugiura started the day sixth, but only trails South Africa’s Samuel Simpson by three strokes.

In the girls’ competition, Miyu Yamashita of Osaka Toin High School in Osaka Prefecture tied for fifth with Spain’s Carla Tejed at 6-under after shooting a 68, two strokes behind coleaders Cassie Porter of Australia and Siwoo Chung of South Korea.

Tsubasa Kajitani of Takigawa Daini High School in Hyogo Prefecture finished seventh at 5-under.

“I think I played well today through 18 holes. We’re now first in the group competition, but we’ll remain careful and do our best in the final round,” Yamashita said.

“It was good I was able to hit my target score for the day. I want to win both the group and individual competitions in the final round,” Sugiura said.

Competitors 18 and under — excluding those in college — from countries that qualified are eligible for the tournament, which is receiving special support from The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Boys’ teams comprise four players, with the top three scores counting toward the overall daily score. The girls’ teams include three players, the top two scores counting in the team event.

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