Rikako Morita is 20 years old and Asako Fujimoto is 19, they each rode 4-hole birdie trains today, and they're 1-2 after the 1st round of the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open on the strength of an 8-birdie 65 and a 7-birdie 66, respectively. But veteran stars Yuri Fudoh and Mi-Jeong Jeon are tied with Fujimoto with bogey-free 66s of their own. We'll see if anyone from back in the pack can make a move on them, including those at or near the top of the money list--most particularly last week's winner Sakura Yokomine and perennial top-10er Sun-Ju Ahn.
1st/-7 Rikako Morita (65)
T2/-6 Yuri Fudoh, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Asako Fujimoto (66)
T5/-5 Tamie Durdin, Miki Saiki (67)
T7/-4 Bo-Bae Song, Rui Kitada, Na-Ri Kim, Tomomi Hirose (68)
T11/-3 Saiki Fujita (69)
T14/-2 Ayako Uehara, Yukari Baba, Yun-Jye Wei (70)
T20/-1 Sakura Yokomine, Chie Arimura, Miho Koga, Hiromi Mogi, Mayu Hattori, Kumiko Kaneda (71)
T34/E Eun-A Lim, So-Hee Kim, Na-Ri Lee, Yuki Ichinose (72)
T44/+1 Shinobu Moromizato, Sun-Ju Ahn, Young Kim, Kaori Aoyama (73)
T58/+2 Hyun-Ju Shin, Akane Iijima, Ritsuko Ryu, Li-Ying Ye, Yuko Saith (74)
T76/+3 Maiko Wakabayashi, Ji-Woo Lee, Jae-Hee Bae (75)
T87/+4 Ji-Hee Lee, Erina Hara, Esther Lee (76)
T98/+6 Ai-Yu Tu (78)
It's a little surprising to see Seon Hwa Lee skipping both the LPGA and JLPGA events this week. Wonder if anything's going on with her....