Ayako Uehara and Junko Omote share the 1st-round lead at the Nichi-Iko Ladies Open on the strength of sizzling 66s. Uehara eagled the 519-yard par-5 9th and shot a bogey-free 32 on the back to go -6 over her last 10 holes, while Omote made 4 birdies on the front and 3 on the back, her only blemish coming on (of course) the 13th hole, a medium-length par 4.
Right behind the co-leaders are the likes of Bo-Bae Song (1 back), Yuri Fudoh, Mayu Hattori, and Hyun-Ju Shin (2 back), Hiromi Mogi and Yukari Baba (3 back), and Ji-Hee Lee, Soo-Yun Kang, Kumiko Kaneda, Akane Iijima, and Ritsuko Ryu (4 back). Not so fortunate were Miki Saiki and Sakura Yokomine, who are chasing money-list leader Sun-Ju Ahn; Saiki opened with a 72 that included 2 doubles in her last 4 holes and Yokomine with a 73 that was salvaged by 2 birdies in her last 3 holes.
Here's how the leaders and notables stand heading into the weekend:
T1/-6 Ayako Uehara, Junko Omote (66)
T2/-5 Bo-Bae Song, Yui Kawahara, Kaori Nakamura (67)
T6/-4 Yuri Fudoh, Mayu Hattori, Hyun-Ju Shin, Keiko Kubo, Ayu Komatsu (68)
T11/-3 Hiromi Mogi, Yukari Baba (69)
T16/-2 Ji-Hee Lee, Soo-Yun Kang, Kumiko Kaneda, Akane Iijima, Ritsuko Ryu, Ah-Reum Hwang, Yumiko Yoshida, Miki Sakai (70)
T27/-1 Kaori Aoyama, Na-Ri Lee, Ji-Na Lim, Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Erika Kikuchi, Aoi Nagata (71)
T40/E Miki Saiki, Shiho Oyama, Saiki Fujita, Tamie Durdin, Asako Fujimoto, Maiko Wakabayashi, Megumi Kido, Eun-Bi Jang (72)
T53/+1 Sakura Yokomine, Miho Koga, Rui Kitada, So-Hee Kim, Esther Lee, Lala Anai, Tao-Li Yang, Miki Uehara (73)
T67/+2 Young Kim, Yuko Mitsuka, Rikako Morita, Eun-A Lim (74)
T83/+3 Nikki Campbell, Ji-Woo Lee (75)
T89/+4 Yuki Ichinose, Yun-Jye Wei, Pei-Ying Tsai (76)
T96/+5 Na-Ri Kim, Erina Hara (77)
T101/+6 Mika Takushima, Yuki Sakurai (78)
Looks like it's a go low or go home situation this week on the JLPGA!