Jae-Hee Bae leads Kaori Ohe by a single shot after firing a bogey-free 67 in the 1st round of JLPGA Q-School's Final Qualifying Tournament. Ohe canned 6 birdies of her own but double bogeyed the 333-yard par-4 7th hole, yet she still outdid fellow 3rd-stage medalist Kumiko Kaneda by a shot.
Also at -3 are the LPGA's Hee Young Park and the KLPGA's Bo-Mee Lee. Park's only blemish came at the 501-yard par-5 10th hole. Lee, who started on the back, bogeyed her 1st and last holes but made 5 birdies in a 10-hole stretch in the middle of her round. Another shot further back are the LPGA's Shanshan Feng and Teresa Lu. Feng, playing with Ohe and Kaneda, birdied her 1st 3 holes but didn't make another the rest of the day, while Lu spread her 3 birdies around the middle of her round. An eagle on the 510-yard par-5 17th hole helped dual LPGA-JLPGA member Shiho Oyama stay in the hunt, although a walkoff bogey dropped her 4 behind Bae. Meena Lee, who started on the back, also bogeyed the 387-yard par-4 18th, but a birdie on the 521-yard par-5 1st and pars the rest of the way made her the 39th player to shoot par or better today.
Here's how the leaders and notables stand heading into the 2nd round:
1st/-5 Jae-Hee Bae (67)
2nd/-4 Kaori Ohe (68)
T3/-3 Hee Young Park, Bo-Mee Lee, Kumiko Kaneda, Ya-Huei Lu, Natsu Nagai, Yumi Hirose (69)
T9/-2 Shanshan Feng, Teresa Lu, Ji-Na Lim, Kuniko Maeda, Mayumi Shimomura, Yui Mukaiyama, Maiko Suzuki, Erina Hayashi (70)
T17/-1 Shiho Oyama, Erika Kikuchi, Mihoko Iseri (71)
T28/E Meena Lee, Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Orie Fujino, Megumi Kido (72)
T40/+1 Soo-Yun Kang, He Yong Choi, Erina Hara, Yumiko Yoshida, Yeo-Jin Kang, Saori Ikushima (73)
T58/+2 Lindsey Wright, So-Hee Kim, Maria Iida, Miki Sakai (74)
T71/+3 Sakurako Mori, Julie Lu (75)
T76/+4 Mika Takushima, Kaori Higo, Ae-Na Jeon (76)
T86/+5 Tao-Li Yang, Yuki Sakurai (77)
Tough starts for Wright (who opened with a birdieless 39 on the back) and Kang (who made 1 of only 4 triple bogeys from the field today, on the 400-yard par-4 13th hole), but they can't be as disappointed as 2nd-stage medalist Megumi Kido, who got to -3 with her eagle on the 1st, but made 3 bogeys and no birdies over her last 8 holes to let a great chance to post a 1st-round number slip through her fingers. Fellow 2nd-stage medalist Miki Sakai birdied 3 holes in a row midway through the front and got to -3 on her day with a birdie on the 10th, but fell apart in her last 7 holes with 3 bogeys and a double. Let's see whether they can bounce back tomorrow!