Shiho Kuwaki carded her second straight 7-under-par 65 on Friday to grab a share of the lead on the Toto Japan Basic in Omitama, Japan.
Kuwaki is tied with fellow Japan native Nasa Hataoka (66 on Friday) at 14-under. They’re 2 strokes forward of China’s Xiyu Lin (66) and Japan’s Mone Inami (68) and first-round chief Akie Iwai (69) on the Taiheiyo Membership, Minori Course.
Kuwaki made seven birdies — together with in every of the ultimate two holes — to cap her second bogey-free spherical.
“Sure, my photographs are fairly regular this week,” Kuwaki mentioned. “I’ve loads of birdie alternatives. All the things goes very easily … I obtained one thing good feeling through the spherical [on Thursday] and stored that momentum.”
Hataoka recorded 5 of her seven birdies on the entrance 9. She overcame a bogey on No. 10 with birdies on Nos. 12 and 17 to take her third in a single day lead or co-lead of the 2023 season.
“I’m very comfortable I shot a 6-under at this time,” Hataoka mentioned. “I play good at this time. Nonetheless, my placing was good however my tee shot was solely six time hit on the golf green so I would like to enhance my lengthy recreation. … [On putting] I simply give attention to begin line and pace management.”
Hataoka admitted the familiarity of the Taiheiyo Membership and taking part in in entrance of the house crowd served her properly.
“I play a few instances,” she mentioned. “My house course is correct subsequent to this golf course, like 10 minutes from right here, so very comparable golf course. I’ve practiced loads this space. … This weekend my family and friends extra coming so I’ll do my greatest.”
Lin overcame some shoulder discomfort to card her second bogey-free spherical of the match and eighth of the season.
“I struggled with my shoulder a bit bit within the morning, so I positively did not count on this to occur after I was hitting balls on the vary as a result of I used to be hitting them fairly poorly,” Lin mentioned. “However I feel it get higher all through the day and I hit tons [of] high quality photographs and I feel general it is a actually good spherical.”
Inami additionally notched her second bogey-free spherical of the tourney.
Japan’s Sora Kamiya  sits alone in sixth place at 11-under, 1 shot forward of an eight-golfer contingent.
Defending champion Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland shot a 69 to reside in a tie for twenty second place.