Saturday, May 17, 2008

Vernal Ladies Saturday: Lim's Lead Narrows over Song

Eun-A Lim recovered from a shaky start Saturday at the Vernal Ladies JLPGA event in Fukuoka to post a 71 and get to -8, but her lead shrunk to 2 thanks to a sizzling 68 from Bo-Bae Song. Yukari Baba and Sakura Yokomine also made up some ground on the first-round leader with fine 69s, but nearly all the other big-name players on tour lost some ground or a lot. Akiko Fukushima's late eagle made her the exception to both trends--still 4 shots out of the lead, she can't be counted out of the tournament just yet. Ji-Hee Lee, also at -4, is looking to make it an all-Korean top 3 in the week of the KLPGA's first major.

Here's where the leaders and the notables stand heading into tomorrow's final round:

1st/-8 Lim (65-71)
2nd/-6 Song (70-68)
T3/-4 Baba (71-69), Lee (70-70), Fukushima (69-71)
6th/-3 Mayu Hattori (71-70)
T7/-2 Hiroko Yamaguchi (72-70), Na Zhang (72-70), Kuniko Maeda (72-70), Yuri Fudoh (68-73)

T11/-1 Yokomine (74-69), Ji-Woo Lee (71-72), Michie Ohba (71-72)
T14/E Miki Saiki (69-75)
T17/+1 Erina Hara (75-70), Ayako Uehara (73-72), Hiromi Mogi (72-73)
T26/+2 Chie Arimura (74-72), Miho Koga (73-73)
T34/+3 Mi-Jeong Jeon (75-72), Midori Yoneyama (75-72), Akane Iijima (73-74), Yuko Mitsuka (72-75)
T41/+4 Shiho Ohyama (77-71)
T49/+5 Shinobu Moromizato (76-72), Mie Nakata (74-75), Yun-Jye Wei (72-77), Yui Kawahara (69-80)

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