Sunday, September 18, 2011

Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic Sunday: Mayu Hattori Holds Off Kumiko Kaneda for 3rd Career JLPGA Victory

Alas, after Shiho Oyama got to -9 for the week at the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic with a birdie on the 371-yard par-4 2nd hole, the 2nd-round leader's comeback effort went into a tailspin, due to 5 bogeys and no birdies in her next 12 holes.  Playing partner Mayu Hattori was the beneficiary of Oyama's collapse, as she weathered a charge by Kumiko Kaneda.  Kaneda caught Hattori on the 7th hole at -8 with her 4th birdie of the day but she faltered on the back, offsetting her 3 birdies with 3 bogeys in a 6-hole stretch in which Hattori steadily climbed to -9 on the par-3 11th and -10 on the par-5 15th.  Hattori preserved that 2-stroke margin by matching Kaneda par for par over the last 3 holes.  It was the 3rd career JLPGA victory for the 23-year-old 5th-year pro.

Soo-Yun Kang and Sakura Yokomine made identical eagle-par-par-birdie finishes to stay ahead of Li-Ying Ye and Ayako Uehara, who made 5 birdies over their last 8 and 11 holes, respectively, but none of them put any real pressure on Hattori, who was the only player in the field to break 70 all 3 rounds. 

Here's how the leaderboard looked when all was said and done:

1st/-10 Mayu Hattori (69-68-69)
2nd/-8 Kumiko Kaneda (70-70-68)
T3/-7 Soo-Yun Kang (69-72-68), Sakura Yokomine (72-68-69)
T5/-6 Li-Ying Ye (71-72-67), Ayako Uehara (72-69-69)
7th/-5 Kaori Aoyama (68-72-71)
T8/-4 Ji-Hee Lee (74-71-67), Maiko Wakabayashi (71-74-67), Nikki Campbell (72-72-68), Onnarin Sattayabanphot (71-72-69), Hyun-Ju Shin (69-73-70), Chie Arimura (67-74-71), Yuko Fukuda (68-71-73), Shiho Oyama (69-67-76)

T16/-3 Akane Iijima (72-70-71), Ritsuko Ryu (72-69-72), Sun-Ju Ahn (71-70-72), Mi-Jeong Jeon (71-70-72), Asako Fujimoto (69-72-72), Miki Saiki (72-68-73)
T23/-2 Na-Ri Kim (71-73-70), Megumi Kido (68-74-72), Hiromi Mogi (71-70-73)
T26/-1 Teresa Lu (73-73-69), Yumiko Yoshida (71-73-71), Yun-Jye Wei (68-74-73), Hee Young Park (71-70-74)
T31/E Esther Lee (74-73-69), So-Hee Kim (73-74-69), Saiki Fujita (72-74-70), Eun-A Lim (70-72-74), Ji-Na Lim (69-73-74)
T38/+1 Tamie Durdin (72-72-73)
T40/+2 Erina Hara (75-70-74), Shinobu Moromizato (72-72-74)
43rd/+3 Yuki Ichinose (73-73-73)
T44/+4 Erika Kikuchi (75-69-76), Mika Takushima (74-70-76)

Sun-Ju Ahn's surprisingly mediocre week allowed Sakura Yokomine to close the gap on her in the race to the top of the JLPGA money list, but Hattori and Soo-Yun Kang were the big movers of the week, up 9 spots to #7, and Kaneda followed them by moving up 7 spots to squeak into the top 10:

1. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥72.55M
2. Sakura Yokomine ¥67.58M
3. Chie Arimura ¥63.61M
4. Miki Saiki ¥60.50M
5. Ji-Hee Lee ¥58.77M
6. Yuri Fudoh ¥41.57M
7. Mayu Hattori ¥39.43M
8. Ritsuko Ryu ¥36.98M
9. Hiromi Mogi ¥32.33M
10. Kumiko Kaneda ¥32.01M
11. Shanshan Feng ¥31.82M
12. Ayako Uehara ¥31.17M
13. Rui Kitada ¥29.76M
14. Yuko Mitsuka ¥28.70M
15. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥28.55M
16. Junko Omote ¥25.91M
17. Bo-Bae Song ¥25.81M
18. Na-Ri Kim ¥24.84M
19. Li-Ying Ye ¥24.74M
20. Inbee Park ¥24.33M
21. Rikako Morita ¥24.24M
22. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥22.37M
23. Yukari Baba ¥22.06M
24. Saiki Fujita ¥21.41M
25. Asako Fujimoto ¥21.08M
26. Akiko Fukushima ¥19.83M
27. Eun-Bi Jang ¥19.77M
28. Soo-Yun Kang ¥18.96M
29. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥17.26M
30. Eun-A Lim ¥16.92M
31. Teresa Lu ¥16.77M
32. Bo-Mee Lee ¥16.34M
33. Ji-Woo Lee ¥16.21M
34. Shinobu Moromizato ¥15.95M
35. Esther Lee ¥15.50M
36. Kaori Aoyama ¥14.82M
37. Momoko Ueda ¥14.79M
38. Na-Ri Lee ¥14.08M
39. Nikki Campbell ¥14.03M
40. Shiho Oyama ¥13.96M
41. So-Hee Kim ¥13.81M
42. Young Kim ¥13.66M
43. Yumiko Yoshida ¥12.99M
44. Akane Iijima ¥12.71M
45. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥12.11M
46. Miho Koga ¥11.95M
47. Ji-Yai Shin ¥11.91M
48. Megumi Kido ¥11.10M
49. Yeo-Jin Kang ¥10.43M
50. Mie Nakata ¥10.25M

With her weak Sunday, Hee Young Park only moved up to #84 on the money list (with just under 2.9 million yen in winnings this year), while Ai Miyazato fell to #93.  They'll be joined next week at the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open by Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng, and non-member Mika Miyazato, along with the usual dual LPGA-JLPGA members who have been playing regularly on the JLPGA--Momoko Ueda, Teresa Lu, Shiho Oyama--as well as ex-LPGAers Young Kim, Soo-Yun Kang, and Na-Ri Kim (basically everyone but Onnarin Sattayabanphot and the injured Ji-Yai Shin).  However, perhaps because they had committed to the now-defunct Imperial Springs LPGA event in China the following week, some of these players aren't on the field list for the Japan Women's Open, the JLPGA's 3rd and biggest major.  Eun-Hee Ji will be visiting, but there's no sign of the Parks or of Shanshan Feng right now.  I wonder if the JGA, which runs this event, will entertain late entries given the unusual circumstances?  Somehow I doubt it....

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