Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kosaido Ladies Cup Sunday: Yokomine Wins for the 2nd Time in '09!

With her 2-shot victory over Chie Arimura in the Kosaido Ladies Cup today, Sakura Yokomine became the 1st 2-time winner on the JLPGA in 2009. She did it by playing very steady golf, but she was helped by the fact that neither of her playing partners could put any pressure on her all day. Arimura and Maiko Wakabayashi shot bogey-free 70s, but the former finished with 12 straight pars and the latter with 5. On the holes I saw, they made great par saves to stay within sight of Yokomine, but couldn't stick their approach shots or get the speed or line right on their birdie chances to cut into her lead. The only player in the field to make a late charge was Shinobu Moromizato, but even going -6 over her final 10 holes could only lift her into a 3rd-place tie with Wakabayashi at -10.

Here are the final results:

1st/-13 Sakura Yokomine (68-64-71)
2nd/-11 Chie Arimura (67-68-70)
T3/-10 Shinobu Moromizato (73-67-66), Maiko Wakabayashi (70-66-70)
5th/-9 Rui Kitada (71-68-68)
6th/-8 Yuko Mitsuka (70-69-69)
T7/-7 Hyun-Ju Shin (71-69-69), Miki Saiki (70-70-69), Ji-Woo Lee (69-70-70)
T10/-6 Keiko Sasaki (74-70-66), Akane Iijima (71-70-69), So-Hee Kim (68-73-69), Maria Iida (72-67-71), Hiromi Takesue (69-67-74)

T15/-5 Saiki Fujita (75-66-70), Ah-Reum Hwang (71-69-71), Yuki Ichinose (71-69-71)
T19/-4 Ji-Hee Lee (73-70-69), Bo-Bae Song (72-71-69)
T25/-3 Da-Ye Na (76-69-68), Mayu Hattori (74-70-69)
T29/-2 Ayako Uehara (74-69-71), Eun-A Lim (72-70-72)
T33/-1 Na Zhang (74-71-70), Midori Yoneyama (72-70-73)
T37/E Namika Omata (70-75-71), Mie Nakata (72-72-72), Yukari Baba (72-71-73), Rikako Morita (70-73-73), Yuko Saitoh (75-67-74)
T49/+2 Li-Ying Ye (73-72-73)

Here's how the money list looks now:

1. Sakura Yokomine ¥52.15M
2. Yuko Mitsuka ¥41.46M
3. Shinobu Moromizato ¥37.38M
4. Chie Arimura ¥28.97M
5. Yuko Saitoh ¥28.89M
6. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥27.23M
7. Ji-Hee Lee ¥26.98M
8. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥26.30M
9. Ayako Uehara ¥25.75M
10. Eun-A Lim ¥23.86M
11. Erina Hara ¥19.95M
12. Tamie Durdin ¥19.55M
13. Ji-Woo Lee ¥14.44M
14. Miho Koga ¥17.28M
15. Yuri Fudoh ¥15.64M
16. Yukari Baba ¥15.20M
17. Akiko Fukushima ¥14.47M
18. Bo-Bae Song ¥11.00M
19. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥10.98M
20. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥10.69M
21. Julie Lu ¥10.61M
22. Rui Kitada ¥10.38M
23. Akane Iijima ¥10.37M
24. Mie Nakata ¥10.17M
25. Midori Yoneyama ¥9.43M
26. Kaori Aoyama ¥9.17M
27. Ji-Yai Shin ¥8.48M
28. Miki Saiki ¥7.92M
29. Hiromi Mogi ¥7.84M
30. Nikki Campbell ¥7.40M

The JLPGA's finest are gearing up for the next really big tournament, the Suntory Ladies Open, in 2 weeks. It's looking from the field list that Ai Miyazato will be skipping the LPGA Championship, which is strange, as she's playing both the State Farm and the Wegmans. Even if it's true, we'll be in Okinawa when the tournament is being played, so we'll have to catch it on tv....

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