Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fujisankei Ladies Classic Saturday: Hurry Up and Wait

You can't quite call what I do with Japanese "reading" just yet, so let's say I'm gathering that the 2nd round of the Fujisankei Ladies Classic has been suspended until 7:00 am Sunday morning. With the leaders just having made the turn, Tamie Durdin has made up a 3-shot deficit on 1st-round leader Chie Arimura, while Ami Shiozaki sits 1 stroke behind them at -4. Bogeys by Durdin and Arimura and a double by Shiozaki--all on the par-4 7th hole--have brought them back to the field. Julie Lu and Shinobu Moromizato are 2 back, Sakura Yokomine, Ji-Yai Shin, and Kuniko Maeda are 3 back, and Asako Fujimoto and Tomoko Kusakabe are 4 back.

Of all the rounds that have been completed, only Akane Iijima's 71 and Ah-Reum Hwang's 72 avoided moving backward, often in a big way, today. In fact, the only players in the field who are currently under par on their rounds are Durdin (-1 through 9) and Moromizato (-1 through 12) and only 5 players are at E on the day, including Ji-Yai Shin and Erina Hara. The cut line will likely fall somewhere between +6 and +9, depending on the scoring conditions when play resumes. Look for an update tonight!

Update 1 (4/26/09, 2:18 am): Well, that was an optimistic estimate of when I'd be free. But how things have changed now that the 2nd round is complete:

1st/-7 Tamie Durdin (68-69)
2nd/-4 Ji-Yai Shin (70-70)
T3/-2 Shinobu Moromizato (70-72), Kuniko Maeda (70-72), Sakura Yokomine (68-74), Ami Shiozaki (67-75)
7th/-1 Yuko Mitsuka (71-72)
T8/E Akane Iijima (73-71), Akiko Fukushima (71-73)
T10/+1 Ah-Reum Hwang (73-72), Miho Koga (71-74), Asako Fujimoto (71-74), Chie Arimura (65-80)

If Yokomine hadn't doubled the 18th, she'd be tied with Shin in 2nd! And what happened to Arimura? Oh, she bogeyed 3 straight holes down the stretch and doubled the last....

T14/+2 Bo-Bae Song (73-73), Sakurako Mori (71-75), Ji-Hee Lee (70-76), Julie Lu (69-77)
T22/+3 Erina Hara (76-71), Hiromi Mogi (72-75), Saiki Fujita (71-76)
T27/+4 Ji-Woo Lee (75-73), Miki Saiki (74-74), Yukari Baba (74-74)
T32/+5 Maiko Wakabayashi (75-74), Nikki Campbell (75-74), Midori Yoneyama (73-76), Esther Lee (73-76)
T40/+6 Mie Nakata (72-78)

The cut line came at +7 and it got a lot of good golfers.

T51/+8 Ritsuko Ryu (78-74), Eun-A Lim (77-75), Ai-Yu Tu (77-75), Hiroko Yamaguchi (73-79), Na Zhang (72-80)
T62/+9 Kumiko Kaneda (75-78), Namika Omata (73-80)
T74/+11 Rikako Morita (77-78), Hyun-Ju Shin (75-80), Ayako Uehara (74-81), Yuko Saitoh (74-81)
T88/+13 Li-Ying Ye (75-82)
T97/+16 Woo-Soon Ko (82-78)
WD Yun-Jye Wei (75-WD), Rui Kitada (76-WD)

Wow, what a tough day!]

[Update 2 (9:08 am): They called it! Last night I noticed they had started playing, but this morning I saw the announcement that Durdin is the winner! Another 36-hole champion on the JLPGA this year--already!]

[Update 3 (6:41 pm): Stuck in the Philadelphia airport, waiting for my flight to Buffalo, so it's a great time to update the JLPGA money list!

1. Yuko Mitsuka ¥25.57M
2. Sakura Yokomine ¥25.53M
3. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥21.63M
4. Ayako Uehara ¥19.25M
5. Ji-Hee Lee ¥18.55M
6. Erina Hara ¥18.29M
7. Tamie Durdin ¥15.05M
8. Ji-Woo Lee ¥11.57M
9. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥11.05M
10. Ji-Yai Shin ¥8.48M
11. Julie Lu ¥8.17M
12. Bo-Bae Song ¥8.05M
13. Shinobu Moromizato ¥7.80M
14. Midori Yoneyama ¥7.26M
15. Kuniko Maeda ¥7.07M
16. Kaori Aoyama ¥6.61M
17. Miho Koga ¥6.34
18. Rui Kitada ¥5.74M
19. Hiromi Mogi ¥5.69M
20. Yukari Baba ¥5.48M
21. Yuri Fudoh ¥4.85M
22. Yuko Saitoh ¥4.79M
23. Nikki Campbell ¥4.78M
24. Yayoi Arasaki ¥4.38M
25. Mie Nakata ¥4.33M
26. Tomoko Kusakabe ¥4.32M
27. Chie Arimura ¥4.27M
28. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥4.10M

That walkoff double bogey on Saturday cost Yokomine the money-list lead!]

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