Sunday, June 17, 2012

Nichirei Ladies Overview: Hyun-Ju Shin Hangs on for 1st JLPGA Win Since 2010

Hyun-Ju Shin birdied 6 of her 1st 11 holes today to kick off the final round of the Nichirei Ladies with a bang by passing 2nd-round leader Soo-Yun Kang, then hung on with 7 pars in a row to hold off the charging Ritsuko Ryo and Chie Arimura, whose back-9 33s left them 1 shot behind Shin and tied with Kang for 2nd. 

Bo Mee Lee fired a bogey-free 66 and Yuri Fudoh closed with a 32, but it was too little, too late, as they finished 2 shots off the pace in a tie for 5th with Na-Ri Lee, Esther Lee, and Kaori Ohe.  A final-round 76 dropped money-list leader Mi-Jeong Jeon well out of contention (to be precise, into a tie for 14th with Miki Saiki, who closed with a 67, among others), but she extended her lead on the absent Sun-Ju Ahn and Ji-Hee Lee nevertheless.  Meanwhile, Sakura Yokomine's troubles continued, as she failed to break 70 this week and finished outside the top 35.  She can take heart, however, from the fact that Shin has waited 2 seasons to get her 6th career JLPGA victory, which came somewhat out of the blue.  Her 1st sub-70 round came last week, and her 2 67s this week made it 3 rounds in the 60s in her last 6 starts.  Golf is certainly a strange game and nobody knows when their games will come back.  (At least that's what I keep telling myself!)  Be that as it may, Shin is now back in the top 20 on the JLPGA money list, a place that was very familiar to her in  the 1st half of her career, but not so much in recent years. 

1. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥59.01M
2. Ritsuko Ryu ¥44.79M
3. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥44.79M
4. Ji-Hee Lee ¥44.03M
5. Miki Saiki ¥41.78M
6. Bo-Mee Lee ¥33.60M
7. Mayu Hattori ¥28.52M
8. Inbee Park ¥28.27M
9. Sakura Yokomine ¥27.35M
10. Soo-Yun Kang ¥26.78M
11. Chie Arimura ¥26.68M
12. Hiromi Mogi ¥25.46M
13. Shanshan Feng ¥24.28M
14. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥23.55M
15. Kaori Ohe ¥22.49M
16. Mihoko Iseri ¥22.00M
17. Rikako Morita ¥20.72M
18. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥18.64M
19. Yuki Ichinose ¥17.44M
20. Airi Saitoh ¥15.73M
21. Yukari Baba ¥15.44M
22. Ayako Uehara ¥13.93M
23. Ji-Yai Shin ¥13.88M
24. Akane Iijima ¥13.45M
25. Teresa Lu ¥12.69M
26. Esther Lee ¥12.44M
27. Erina Hara ¥11.81M
28. Na-Ri Lee¥11.79M
29. Shinobu Moromizato ¥11.48M
30. Miki Sakai ¥11.23M
31. Yumiko Yoshida ¥11.23M
32. Erika Kikuchi ¥10.91M
33. Yuri Fudoh ¥10.84M
34. Bo-Bae Song ¥10.20M
35. Yuko Fukuda ¥9.71M
36. Kumiko Kaneda ¥9.65M
37. So-Hee Kim ¥9.40M
38. Rui Kitada ¥9.05M
39. Young Kim¥8.82M
40. Na-Ri Kim ¥8.37M
41. Harukyo Nomura ¥8.04M
42. Da-Ye Na ¥7.89M
43. Li-Ying Ye ¥7.68M
44. Megumi Kido ¥7.09M
45. Nikki Campbell ¥6.90M
46. Eun-Bi Jang¥6.35M
47. Yuko Mitsuka ¥6.32M
48. Asako Fujimoto ¥5.79M
49. Yeo-Jin Kang ¥5.56M
50. Shiho Toyonaga¥5.48M

Next up is a new event for the JLPGA, the Earth Mondamin Cup.  Looks like a full field of JLPGA regulars, but all the dual LPGA-JLPGA members except Mika Miyazato and Harukyo Nomura will be in Waterloo, Ontario, for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, from which I'll be blogging starting on Thursday on this coming week!  Got lots of notes from the Wegmans LPGA Championship I have to turn into posts soon, too, but as the Full Metal Archivist, onechan, and imoto are heading out for a month in Japan mid-week, don't expect that much from me until Thursday night....

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