28-year-old Ayako Uehara is the most veteran player among the trio who lead the T-Point Ladies heading into the weekend, as she has 4 years on Mayu Hattori and 7 on Kaori Ohe. In fact, only 1 player over 30 broke 70 in the rainy conditions in Kagoshima today. And with Teresa Lu only 1 shot off the lead, Sakura Yokomine and Mi-Jeong Jeon 2 back, and Ji-Hee Lee and Harukyo Nomura only 3 off the pace, the odds are looking pretty good that someone in their 20s will win the tournament.
Here's how the leaderboard looks after 18 holes have been completed:
T1/-4 Ayako Uehara, Mayu Hattori, Kaori Ohe (68)
T4/-3 Teresa Lu, Yui Kawahara, Porani Chutichai, Nachiyo Ohtani (69)
T8/-2 Sakura Yokomine, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Ritsuko Ryu, Na-Ri Kim, Hiromi Mogi, Junko Omote, Li-Ying Ye, Lala Anai, Miyari Honda, Mamiko Higa [a] (70)
T18/-1 Ji-Hee Lee, Harukyo Nomura, Shinobu Moromizato, Asako Fujimoto, Maiko Wakabayashi, Na-Ri Lee, Yumiko Yoshida (71)
T26/E Soo-Yun Kang, Yuki Ichinose, Erika Kikuchi, Miki Sakai, Eun-Bi Jang, Tao-Li Yang (72)
T38/+1 Yuri Fudoh, Young Kim, Rui Kitada, Saiki Fujita, Akane Iijima, Erina Hara, Ah-Reum Hwang, Misuzu Narita, Mina Nakayama (73)
T52/+2 Yukari Baba, Kaori Aoyama, Da-Ye Na, Hsuan-Yu Yao, Saeko Endo (74)
T67/+3 Bo-Mee Lee, Hyun-Ju Shin, Rikako Morita, Tamie Durdin, Kumiko Kaneda, Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Satsuki Oshiro (75)
T77/+4 Erina Yamato, Sakurako Mori, Kotono Kozuma (76)
T83/+5 Megumi Kido (77)
T87/+6 Mie Nakata, So-Hee Kim, Airi Saitoh, Aoi Nagata, Aiko Kaneda (78)
T97/+7 Sae Yamamura (79)
With Sun-Ju Ahn sitting this one out, after all, and recent winners Lee and Saitoh off to bad starts, the door is wide open for someone else to step up. Let's see who does it over the next 36 holes!