22-year-old Ritsuko Ryu has never cracked the top 50 on the JLPGA money list in her previous 3 full seasons on tour, but she's given herself a chance for her 1st career win there by following up yesterday's 68 with a 67 on moving day at the Resort Trust Ladies. Ryu has opened up a 3-shot lead on 1st-round pace-setter Chie Arimura, whose 3 bogeys in her last 7 holes today opened the door for 8 players to pass her and 3 more to catch her. Among them are Mayu Hattori, who matched Arimura's low round of the tournament yesterday with a bogey-free 65 of her own to get within 1 of Ryu; Bo-Bae Song, whose lone bogey of the day on the long par-3 7th dropped her to a 66 and a tie with Hattori; and money-list leader Sakura Yokomine, who fired a bogey-free 66 to catch Arimura in just 18 holes.
Among the elite players not to take advantage of moving day, Inbee Park missed her 1st JLPGA cut when bogeys on the par-5 9th and par-3 16th dropped her to E for the day and +1 for the tournament. At least she gets to jet back to the States a little earlier than planned! Here's how the top 10 and other notables fared today:
1st/-9 Ritsuko Ryu (68-67)
T2/-8 Mayu Hattori (71-65), Bo-Bae Song (70-66), Hiromi Takesue (67-69), Yoshimi Koda (67-69)
T6/-7 Mie Nakata (70-67), Rui Kitada (68-69), Midori Yoneyama (67-70)
T9/-6 Sakura Yokomine (72-66), Yayoi Arasaki (69-69), Hiroko Ayada (69-69), Chie Arimura (65-73)
T13/-5 Hiromi Mogi (72-67), Na-Ri Lee (67-72)
T17/-4 Miho Koga (70-70), Erina Hara (67-73)
T20/-3 Shinobu Moromizato (72-69), Hyun-Ju Shin (71-70), Asako Fujimoto (69-72), Na-Ri Kim (69-72), Miki Saiki (67-74)
T25/-2 Mi-Jeong Jeon (72-70), Sun-Ju Ahn (70-72)
T31/-1 Li-Ying Ye (75-68), Saiki Fujita (74-69), Nikki Campbell (72-71), Akane Iijima (72-71), Chieko Amanuma (72-71), Ji-Woo Lee (70-73)
T42/E Maiko Wakabayashi (73-71), So-Hee Kim (73-71), Esther Lee (72-72), Ah-Reum Hwang (71-73), Yuki Ichinose (71-73), Young Kim (69-75)
MC: Inbee Park (73-72), Rikako Morita (72-73), Eun-A Lim (70-75), Yun-Jye Wei (72-74), Kaori Aoyama (72-74), Yuko Saitoh (72-74), Yukari Baba (70-76)
Should be quite the Sunday shootout--19 players within 5 shots of the lead and 6 of them have a chance to break 70 all 3 rounds.