Japan boys, girls move up at golf Junior Cup in Aichi Pref.
TOYOTA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Yuta Sugiura moved up into sixth place, after two rounds of the boys’ competition at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Aichi Prefecture.
Yuta Sugiura moved up into sixth place, finishing Wednesday at 6-under 136 after two rounds of the boys’ competition at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.
Sugiura, a student at Fukui High School attached to Fukui University of Technology in Fukui Prefecture, trailed front-running Sweden’s Gustav Andersson by four strokes.
On the girls’ side, Miyu Yamashita of Osaka Toin High School in Osaka Prefecture had the day’s best score with a 68 to finish fifth, three strokes behind first-place U.S. player Rose Zhang, who also carded a 68.
Akie Iwai of Saitama Sakae High School in Saitama Prefecture and Tsubasa Kajitani of Takigawa Daini High School in Hyogo Prefecture also tied for fifth at 2-under at the Chukyo Golf Club course.
On the team leaderboard, host Japan fell into third place at 13-under 413, six strokes behind South Africa in the boys’ 15-country competition.
In the nine-country girls’ competition, Japan rose to second place at 6-under 282, one stroke behind the United States.
“I was able to play very smoothly in the first half, but then I began to feel I wasn’t making the right shots. I just tried to hang on in the second half,” Sugiura said. “I want to play the course under par tomorrow to lead the team.”
The tournament, under special support from The Yomiuri Shimbun, is for competitors 18 and under (collegians are ineligible) from countries that made the field through a qualifying tournament.
Each boys’ team comprises four players, with the top three scores counting toward the team total each day. In the girls’ competition, each side has three players and the top two scores are counted in the team competition.
The par-71 course for boys is 6,843 yards, while the girls play 6,130 yards at par 72.