Three share Mizuno Classic lead

Updated: November 9, 2013

Mie, Japan ( – Shiho Oyama shot 4-under 68 for the second
day in a row Saturday and remained atop the leaderboard after two rounds of
the Mizuno Classic.

Oyama, a 12-time winner on the Japan LPGA, was joined at 8-under-par 136 by
Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose, who both shot 6-under 66 in round two. All
three are searching for their first LPGA Tour victory.

Brittany Lincicome posted a 4-under 68, while Asako Fujimoto carded a 5-under
67. They are tied for fourth at minus-7.

Teresa Lu (68), Chella Choi (69), Junko Omote (69) and Eun-Bi Jang (69) share
sixth place at 6-under-par 138 at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis carded a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for 10th
at minus-5. She stands alongside Miki Saiki (66), Julieta Granada (68), Yumiko
Yoshida (65) and Ah-Reum Hwang (68).

Oyama, who led by one after the first round, got off to a slow start. She
birdied the third, but mixed that with seven pars over her first eight holes.

She dropped in back-to-back birdie chances at eight and nine. After a pair of
pars, Oyama moved to the top of the leaderboard with birdies at 13 and 14. She
stumbled to a bogey on the 15th to drop back to minus-8. Oyama parred the last
three to end there.

Higa, who is making the fourth LPGA Tour start of her season and career, got
off to a similarly slow start. She birdied the second and seventh to go with
seven pars on the front nine.

Around the turn, Higa moved to 5-under with a birdie on the par-3 11th. After
a pair of pars, she poured in three straight birdie chances from the 14th to
soar into a share of the lead at minus-8. Higa parred the final two holes to
remain tied atop the leaderboard.

Ichinose, who is making her first LPGA Tour appearance since last year’s
Mizuno Classic, converted birdie efforts at three and four to get to minus-4.

After a pair of pars, Ichinose drained four consecutive birdies from the
seventh to soar into a tie for the lead. Like Oyama, Ichinose got to 9-under
with a birdie on the 14th, but she bogeyed the par-3 17th to slip back into a
share of the lead.

NOTES: All three leaders are members of the Japan LPGA, which has 35 players
in the field this week with the remaining 43 players coming from the LPGA Tour
… Jiyai Shin, the 2008 and 2010 champion, managed an even-par 72 and dipped
into a share of 22nd at minus-3 … Oyama is making her first LPGA Tour start
since the 2011 season … Haeji Kang withdrew prior to the start of the second