Sunday, June 1, 2008

Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup Sunday: It's Iijima, After All

Akane Iijima jumped out to an early lead in the final round of the Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup, but Mayumi Nakajima made up 4 shots over the first 4 holes on the back and both players were tied at -12 after matching birdies on the par-3 15th. The very next hole decided the tournament, as Iijima made her 5th birdie of the day and Nakajima her 1st bogey. Both leaders ended up with strong 68s and didn't let anyone else get into contention, but in the end Iijima protected her 2-shot lead and earned her 4th career win on the JLPGA.

Here's how the rest of the leaders and notables ended up:

1st/-13 Iijima (62-73-68)
2nd/-11 Nakajima (67-70-68)
3rd/-7 Esther Lee (67-75-67)
T4/E Yasuko Satoh (73-72-67), Yui Kawahara (73-71-68)
T6/-3 Toshimi Kimura (75-71-67), Hyun-Ju Shin (69-76-68)
8th/-2 Miho Koga (72-73-69)
T9/-1 Shinobu Moromizato (71-76-68), Akiko Fukushima (70-77-68), Midori Yoneyama (72-72-71), Junko Omote (72-72-71)

T13/+1 Yuri Fudoh (73-74-69), Mie Nakata (71-75-70), Erina Hara (68-75-73)
T21/+2 Maiko Wakabayashi (68-78-72)
T25/+3 Ritsuko Ryu (70-75-74), Hiroko Yamaguchi (70-74-75)
T32/+4 Na Zhang (72-74-74)
T35/+5 Mi-Jeong Jeon (73-73-75)

Here's the updated money list:

1. Akiko Fukushima ¥45.81M
2. Miho Koga ¥40.73M
3. Ji-Hee Lee ¥37.70M
4. Sakura Yokomine ¥34.54M
5. Yukari Baba ¥33.53M
6. Eun-A Lim ¥32.28M
7. Bo-Bae Song ¥31.46M
8. Ayako Uehara ¥29.93M
9. Miki Saiki ¥28.97M
10. Hiroko Yamaguchi ¥25.44M

Iijima's win moved her up to #12 at ¥21.36M and continued the JLPGA's parity run, as everyone in the top 15 except Sakura Yokomine, Shinobu Moromizato, and Mi-Jeong Jeon have 1 win each.

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