Monday, May 14, 2012

Fundokin Ladies Overview: Inbee Park Roars Back for 4th Career JLPGA Victory

With 10 holes to play in the Fundokin Ladies, Inbee Park trailed fellow dual LPGA-JLPGA member Shanshan Feng by 2 shots, thanks to her bogey on the 440-yard 8th hole right on the heels of Feng's birdie.  But Park roared back with 3 birdies in her last 10 holes of bogey-free golf that gave her a 2-shot victory over Feng and brought her total number of JLPGA wins to 4 in the last 3 seasons. 

The JLPGA's top regulars accounted well for themselves, as well, with Mi-Jeong Jeon firing a bogey-free 65 to leap into a tie for 3rd and money-list leader Sun-Ju Ahn finishing another shot back in solo 5th, but the struggles of Japan's top native golfers continued.  Momoko Ueda just made the top 35, Miki Saiki finished barely out of the top 30, Sakura Yokomine barely squeaked into the top 20, Chie Arimura finished inside the top 15, and Ayako Uehara couldn't get into the top 10. 

As a result, the top of the JLPGA money list is dominated by Korean golfers, with Park moving into 3rd behind Ahn and Jeon and Bo-Mee Lee rounding out the top 5.  The only dual LPGA-JLPGA member to stay in Japan this week for the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open will be Ueda.  Let's see if she can turn her season around!

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