Sunday, April 20, 2008

Life Card Ladies Golf Tournament Sunday: It's Yukari Baba for the Win

The top 3 players in the Life Card Ladies JLPGA event this week were closely bunched as they made the turn. Midori Yoneyama had recovered from her late-Saturday struggles and had 4 birdies and only 1 bogey through her first 11 holes to get to get to -7 for the tournament. First-round leader Shinobu Moromizato also had come strong out of the gates, reaching -6 through the 11th hole thanks to 4 birdies and no bogeys. But second-round leader Yukari Baba, despite a bogey on the second hole that had offset her opening birdie, had gotten to -7 herself with a birdie on the 10th. Moromizato was the first to fall off the pace with a bogey on the 12th that produced a 2-shot swing with Baba, who birdied the hole to open up a 1-shot lead on Yoneyama. But it was the 13th hole that was the decisive one. The 3-shot swing produced by a Baba hole-in-one and a Yoneyama bogey made the last 5 holes a formality. The only drama was whether Baba would remain in double digits under par. Here's the top 10:

#1/-9 Yukari Baba (70-69-68) ¥10,800,000

T2/-6 Shinobu Moromizato (68-74-68), Midori Yoneyama (69-71-70) ¥4,740,000

#4/-3 Yuko Mitsuka (69-73-71) ¥3,600,000

T5/E So-Hee Kim (74-73-69), Ai Ogawa (76-70-70), Ji-Hee Lee (74-70-72) ¥2,500,000
T8/+1 Ayako Uehara (73-71-73), Miho Koga (74-69-74) ¥1,650,000

T10/+2 Bo-Bae Song (76-71-71), Izumi Narita (74-73-71), Mi-Jeong Jeon (74-72-72), Chie Arimura (73-73-72), Akane Iijima (72-72-74) ¥1,051,200

Other notables include:

T15/+3 Miki Saiki, Yuri Fudoh, Erina Hara
T26/+5 Sakura Yokomine
T35/+7 Hyun-Ju Shin
T41/+9 Akiko Fukushima, Hiroko Yamaguchi

With her win, Baba jumped to #5 on the JLPGA money list, behind Yamaguchi, Song, Shin, and Yokomine. Rounding out the top 10 are Koga, Lee, Fudoh, Moromizato, and Uehara. Momoko Ueda is now down to #31 on the list, about ¥18M behind the leaders, but it's looking more and more like she's committed to the Rookie of the Year race on the LPGA in 2008.


Doug said...


Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

Looking forward for the next Life Card Ladies Golf Tournament.

The Constructivist said...

Thanks, Doug!