21-year-old Satsuki Oshiro made 6 birdies and an eagle in the 2nd round of the Resort Trust Ladies on her way to a bogey-free 64 that gave her a 2-shot lead on 26-year-old Nachiyo Ohtani, who could "only" manage an 8-birdie 66 today. Lurking at -6, 1 shot further back, are much-more established stars in the JLPGA galaxy, like Ayako Uehara (7-birdie 65), Sakura Yokomine (bogey-free 68), and Shinobu Moromizato (69 with an eagle and 2 birdies). With 11 golfers within 5 shots of the lead, this is still almost anyone's tournament, but it will sure be interesting to see if Oshiro, who's only made 3 cuts in her 8 starts this season and hasn't cracked the top 15 yet in her short professional career, can keep the pedal to the metal tomorrow and outdistance her lead chase pack!
Here's how the leaders and notables stand with only 18 holes left to play in Nagano:
1st/-9 Satsuki Oshiro (71-64)
2nd/-7 Nachiyo Ohtani (71-66)
T3/-6 Ayako Uehara (73-65), Sakura Yokomine (70-68), Shinobu Moromizato (69-69), Midori Yoneyama (69-69)
T7/-5 Ah-Reum Hwang (71-67), Rui Kitada (70-69), Mie Nakata (69-70)
T10/-4 Ji-Hee Lee (73-67), Ritsuko Ryu (68-72)
T12/-3 So-Hee Kim (74-67), Hyun-Ju Shin (71-70), Tamie Durdin (70-71), Chie Arimura (69-72)
T17/-2 Ji-Woo Lee (72-70), Na-Ri Lee (71-71), Nikki Campbell (70-72), Yuki Ichinose (70-72)
T23/-1 Yukari Baba (74-69), Mika Takushima (71-72), Miho Koga (69-74), Kumiko Kaneda (69-74)
T29/E Mayu Hattori (76-68), Akiko Fukushima (75-69), Rikako Morita (73-71), Asako Fujimoto (73-71), Maiko Wakabayashi (73-71), Kaori Ohe (73-71), Esther Lee (72-72), Teresa Lu (71-73), Young Kim (71-73), Akane Iijima (70-74)
T42/+1 Megumi Kido (76-69), Pei-Ying Tsai (70-75)
T48/+2 Li-Ying Ye (74-72), Jae-Hae Bae (74-72), Miki Saiki (73-73), Miki Sakai (72-74), Hiromi Mogi (71-75)
MC: Hiroko Ayada (77-70), Eun-Bi Jang (75-72), Yuko Mitsuka (74-73), Erina Hara (74-73), Kaori Aoyama (73-74), Tao-Li Yang (73-74), Erika Kikuchi (72-75), Na-Ri Kim (74-74), Miho Mori [a] (73-75), Onnarin Sattayabanphot (76-73), Soo-Yun Kang (75-74), Eun-A Lim (73-76), Miki Uehara (77-73), Julie Lu (74-77), Lala Anai (78-75), Yun-Jye Wei (77-76), Megumi Takahashi [a] (75-78), Riko Higashio (83-78)
Last week's winner Mogi and the JLPGA's leading money-winner Saiki barely made the cut on a day lotts of players went low. Me, I'm wondering when Yokomine will get her groove back! Will it be tomorrow?