Sunday, May 18, 2008

Vernal Ladies Sunday: Lim for the Win!

It's fitting that at a tournament located in Fukuoka Prefecture, parts of which are a relatively short ferry ride from South Korea, not even Akiko Fukushima could stop KLPGA transplant Eun-A Lim from getting her first JLPGA win in the Vernal Ladies event this week. Lim won wire-to-wire, but it came down to the wire. She squandered 3 shots of her 4-shot lead on Fukushima over 5 holes in the middle of her round. But from the 12th hole on, the pair matched scorecards, while Yukari Baba and Ji-Hee Lee struggled to make up ground on them and the rest of the field essentially played their own tournament. With her gritty play, Lim prevented Fukushima from becoming the first repeat and first back-to-back winner on the JLPGA this season, just as Fukushima had blocked the KLPGA's Ji-Yai Shin (who's now in contention in their first major) from the former feat last week. Lim's reward: a 21-million yen victory in the tournament with the JLPGA's largest purse on the season to date.

Here's how the top 10 and notables finished up:

1st/-7 Lim (65-71-73)
2nd/-6 Fukushima (69-71-71)
T3/-5 Baba (71-69-71), Lee (70-70-71)
T5/-2 Miki Saiki (69-75-70), Na Zhang (72-70-72)
T7/-1 Yuko Mitsuka (72-75-68), Hiromi Mogi (72-73-70), Sakura Yokomine (74-69-72), Bo-Bae Song (70-68-77)

T11/E Michie Ohba (71-72-73), Hiroko Yamaguchi (72-70-74), Mayu Hattori (71-70-75)
T15/+1 Akane Iijima (73-74-70), Miho Koga (73-73-71), Ji-Woo Lee (71-72-74), Yuri Fudoh (68-73-75)
T24/+3 Chie Arimura (74-72-73), Erina Hara (75-70-74), Kuniko Maeda (72-70-77)
T28/+4 Ayako Uehara (73-72-75)
T33/+5 Mi-Jeong Jeon (75-72-74)
36th/+6 Midori Yoneyama (75-72-75)
T37/+7 Yun-Jye Wei (72-77-74), Shiho Oyama (77-71-75)
T46/+8 Mie Nakata (74-75-75)
T53/+10 Shinobu Moromizato (76-72-77)
56th/+12 Yui Kawahara (69-80-79)

And here's where the money list now stands:

1. Fukushima ¥44.58M
2. Koga ¥33.40M
3. Lim ¥32.28M
4. Baba ¥32.15M
5. Yokomine ¥32.09M
6. Song ¥30.09M
7. Uehara ¥26.78M
8. Lee ¥25.10M
9. Yamaguchi ¥23.95M
10. Saiki ¥23.44M

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