Sakura Yokomine and Miho Koga must have been imagining they were playing Saucon Valley today at the Meiji Chocolate Cup, because they opened with 2-over-par 74s that put them in a tie for 26th. They could have come to Bethlehem (as they were eligible to do) to shoot numbers like that. Still, just like the 1st day of the U.S. Women's Open, scoring was high on the other side of the world, with only 7 golfers breaking par. Maybe the weather was bad, or maybe the players were just rusty after the 1st off-week in the JLPGA schedule since late March.
Here are the top 10 and notables:
T1/-3 Midori Yoneyama, Mayu Hattori, Ai Nishikawa (69)
T4/-2 Erina Hara, Yukari Baba (70)
T6/-1 Mi-Jeong Jeon, Nozomi Sato (71)
T8/E Shinobu Moromizato, Da-Ye Na, Erika Kikuchi, Aiko Ueno, Azumi Katoh (72)
T13/+1 Yuko Mitsuka, Ayako Uehara, Akane Iijima, Mie Nakata, Li-Ying Ye, Yuki Ichinose (73)
T26/+2 Sakura Yokomine, Miho Koga, Chie Arimura, Eun-A Lim, Esther Lee (74)
T38/+3 Yuko Saitoh, Hiromi Mogi (75)
T44/+4 Hyun-Ju Shin, Rui Kitada, Saiki Fujita, Ji-Woo Lee, Woo-Soon Ko, Rikako Morita, Sakurako Mori, Mai Arai (76)
T67/+5 Nikki Campbell, Yun-Jye Wei, Kumiko Kaneda (77)
T84/+6 Tamie Durdin, Julie Lu (78)
T98/+8 Ah-Reum Hwang (80)
T103/+9 Maiko Wakabayashi (81)
Let's see if Hara, Jeon, and Moromizato can take advantage of the struggles of the rest of the JLPGA's finest and put some distance on them this weekend.