1st-round leader Momoko Ueda continued her fine play in her home town of Kumamoto today, posting her 2nd straight sub-70 round to climb to -8 in the Nishijin Ladies Classic, 2 shots up on Ji-Yai Shin and Yuri Fudoh heading into the final round. Shin would be tied for the lead but for her 2nd double bogey of the tournament, this time on the 171-yard par-3 16th.
Here's how the top 10 and notables stand after 36 holes:
1st/-8 Momoko Ueda (67-69)
T2/-6 Yuri Fudoh (70-68), Ji-Yai Shin (68-70)
T4/-4 Inbee Park (69-71), Asako Fujimoto (69-71), Chieko Amanuma (68-72)
7th/-2 Saiki Fujita (69-73)
T8/-1 Yuki Ichinose (74-69), Mika Miyazato (73-70), Hiromi Mogi (73-70), Chie Arimura (71-72), Mayu Hattori (70-73), Sakura Yokomine (69-74), Mie Nakata (69-74)
T15/E Tamie Durdin (74-70), Young Kim (72-72), Miki Saiki (72-72), Na-Ri Lee (71-73), Hyun-Ju Shin (70-74)
T25/+1 Rui Kitada (72-73), Yukari Baba (72-73), Seon Hwa Lee (69-76)
T29/+2 Mi-Jeong Jeon (75-71), Bo-Bae Song (75-71), Yuko Mitsuka (74-72), Esther Lee (74-72), So-Hee Kim (71-75)
T38/+3 Ritsuko Ryu (75-72), Ji-Hee Lee (73-74), Sun-Ju Ahn (70-77)
T47/+4 Akiko Fukushima (75-73), Li-Ying Ye (75-73), Eun-A Lim (74-74)
MC: Maiko Wakabayashi (76-73), Miho Koga (75-74), Teresa Lu (73-76), Yuki Sakurai (73-76), Jae-Hee Bae (72-77), Na-Ri Kim (79-71), Rikako Morita (78-72), Ji-Woo Lee (78-73), Erina Hara (77-76), Akane Iijima (76-79)
Amazing that Ahn might have her 1st bad tournament as a JLPGA member. Disappointing that Seon Hwa Lee can't put 2 good rounds in a row together. Happy that Mika Miyazato has put herself into the top 10 (although she's got to be disappointed by her back 9 after making an eagle and 2 birdies for a 32 on the front). But rooting for Momo-chan tomorrow!
[Update 1 (10:14 am): Hard to not root for Ji-Yai--check out her speech at the Golf Writers Association of America award dinner (after getting 2009 Female Player of the Year)!]