Ji-Hee Lee fired a bogey-free 31 on the back to match Miki Saiki's bogey-free 68 and share the 1st-round lead in the Nichirei Ladies in Chiba, the Full Metal Archivist's neck of the woods. (I doubt I can convince her to catch Sunday's action in person or on tv, but I'll check!) Lee and Saiki lead Young Kim by 1 (thanks to an eagle on 18 by the former LPGAer), Bo-Mee Lee by 2 (thanks to a bogey-free 33 on the front by the dual JLPGA-KLPGA member), and Sun-Ju Ahn, Mi-Jeong Jeon, and Shiho Oyama by 3, among the 50 players within 5 shots of the lead.
As I'm on my own with the girls, in the midst of a minor late-spring cold, and behind on my JLPGA blogging, I'll simply list the leaders and notables:
T1/-4 Ji-Hee Lee, Miki Saiki (68)
3rd/-3 Young Kim (69)
T4/-2 Bo-Mee Lee, Na-Ri Lee, So-Hee Kim, Esther Lee, Yukari Nishiyama, Nachiyo Ohtani, Yuko Fukuda (70)
T11/-1 Sun-Ju Ahn, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Shiho Oyama, Hiromi Mogi, Na-Ri Kim, Mie Nakata, Eun-Bi Jang (71)
T20/E Sakura Yokomine, Yuri Fudoh, Inbee Park, Teresa Lu, Ayako Uehara, Rikako Morita, Asako Fujimoto, Yun-Jye Wei, Ah-Reum Hwang, Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Kaori Ohe, Erika Kikuchi (72)
T39/+1 Chie Arimura, Yukari Baba, Akane Iijima, Soo-Yun Kang, Mayu Hattori, Ji-Woo Lee (73)
T51/+2 Miho Koga, Nikki Campbell, Kaori Aoyama, Ritsuko Ryu, Li-Ying Ye, Megumi Kido, Julie Lu (74)
T63/+3 Kumiko Kaneda, Tamie Durdin, Yuki Ichinose, Yumiko Yoshida, Miho Mori [a] (75)
T77/+4 Hyun-Ju Shin, Rui Kitada, Maiko Wakabayashi, Jee-Hae Bae, Erina Hara (76)
T86/+5 Miki Uehara (77)
T96/+6 Eun-A Lim, Ji-Na Lim (78)
T105/+7 Shinobu Moromizato (79)
More soon on the 2nd round!