News of Ai Miyazato's 63 to open the Tres Marias Championship would have greeted those playing the 1st round of the CyberAgent Ladies around the time they arrived at the Tsurumai Country Club. If world #2 Ji-Yai Shin heard about it, she may have been a little bit rattled, as she made 3 bogeys and no birdies over her 1st 10 holes, but she quickly righted the ship with 3 birdies in her last 6 holes and 8 bogey-free holes in all to close out her round. Her even-par 72 didn't hurt her that much, in any case, as only 1 player in the field was able to break 70. Chie Arimura, who was part of a trio of golfers racing for Player of the Year last season and who now finds herself 3rd on the money list behind 2 rookies, Inbee Park (who didn't start the event) and Sun-Ju Ahn (who stumbled to a 74), in this year's list, made 4 birdies in her 1st 12 holes and never repeated her 2nd-hole bogey on the way to her 69. Hot on her heels are Mi-Jeong Jeon (70), Momoko Ueda (71), and Miho Koga (71).
A look at the top 10 and notables' results suggests that scoring conditions were quite difficult today:
1st/-3 Chie Arimura (69)
T2/-2 Mi-Jeong Jeon, Nozomi Inoue (70)
T4/-1 Momoko Ueda, Miho Koga, Tamie Durdin, Na-Ri Kim, Ah-Reum Hwang, Yeo-Jin Kang (71)
T10/E Ji-Yai Shin, Miki Saiki, Asako Fujimoto, Hiromi Mogi, Akane Iijima, Junko Omote, Orie Fujino, Saori Ikushima (72)
T18/+1 Ayako Uehara, Mie Nakata (73)
T26/+2 Sun-Ju Ahn, Young Kim, Bo-Bae Song, Rikako Morita (74)
T33/+3 Sakura Yokomine, Shinobu Moromizato, Ji-Hee Lee, Akiko Fukushima, Nikki Campbell (75)
T48/+4 Seon Hwa Lee, Yuko Mitsuka, Hyun-Ju Shin, Yukari Baba, Rui Kitada, Kaori Aoyama, Maiko Wakabayashi, Sakurako Mori, Ji-Woo Lee, Esther Lee, Kumiko Kaneda, Na-Ri Lee (76)
T64/+5 Eun-A Lim, Mayu Hattori, Yuki Sakurai, Ritsuko Ryu (77)
T81/+6 Riko Higashio (78)
T93/+8 Erina Hara, Yuki Ichinose (80)
DNS: So-Hee Kim, Yun-Jye Wei
Let's see who steps it up on the weekend!