Sunday, June 3, 2012

Resort Trust Ladies Overview: Mi-Jeong Jeon Gets 18th Career JLPGA Victory

Mi-Jeong Jeon was too much for the rest of the field this week in Nagano, as she went 65-68-69 to take the Resort Trust Ladies by 3 shots over Ji-Hee Lee, 4 over Mihoko Iseri, and 5 over Ritsuko Ryu and Soo-Yun Kang.  Bo-Bae Song was only 1 shot off the lead after 36 holes, but stumbled home with a final-round 80 to almost fall entirely out of the top 20.  Defending champion Sakura Yokomine was never a factor, finishing barely in the top 30, while money title queen for the past 2 seasons Sun-Ju Ahn missed the top 10 by a shot when she bogeyed her 54th hole. 

For Jeon, her 18th career JLPGA victory moved her to the top of the 2012 money list.  The other big movers up the list included Lee, who leapfrogged Ahn into 2nd, Miki Saiki, who sneaked into the top 10, Kang, who moved up to 17th, and Shinobu Moromizato, whose final-round 67 helped move her into the top 25.

1. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥50.63M
2. Ji-Hee Lee ¥41.53M
3. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥41.29M
4. Ritsuko Ryu ¥37.31M
5. Bo-Mee Lee ¥29.50M
6. Inbee Park ¥28.27M
7. Shanshan Feng ¥24.28M
8. Hiromi Mogi ¥24.22M
9. Sakura Yokomine ¥23.38M
10. Miki Saiki ¥22.66M
11. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥22.03M
12. Chie Arimura ¥20.86M
13. Mayu Hattori ¥20.86M
14. Mihoko Iseri ¥20.36M
15. Kaori Ohe ¥19.61M
16. Rikako Morita ¥17.69M
17. Soo-Yun Kang ¥17.46M
18. Airi Saitoh ¥15.25M
19. Ji-Yai Shin ¥13.88M
20. Ayako Uehara ¥13.47M
21. Akane Iijima ¥13.45M
22. Teresa Lu ¥11.47M
23. Yukari Baba ¥11.13M
24. Erina Hara ¥10.69M
25. Shinobu Moromizato ¥10.26M
26. Yuki Ichinose ¥9.77M
27. Yuko Fukuda ¥9.71M
28. Erika Kikuchi ¥9.66M
29. Miki Sakai ¥9.42M
30. Yumiko Yoshida ¥9.41M
31. Rui Kitada ¥9.05M
32. Esther Lee ¥8.91M
33. Kumiko Kaneda ¥8.87M
34. Na-Ri Lee¥8.26M
35. So-Hee Kim ¥8.19M
36. Harukyo Nomura ¥8.04M
37. Li-Ying Ye ¥7.32M
38. Yuri Fudoh ¥7.11M
39. Na-Ri Kim ¥6.84M
40. Young Kim¥6.76M
41. Eun-Bi Jang¥6.35M
42. Yuko Mitsuka ¥6.32M
43. Da-Ye Na ¥6.22M
44. Nikki Campbell ¥6.05M
45. Megumi Kido ¥5.90M
46. Asako Fujimoto ¥5.79M
47. Saiki Fujita ¥5.00M
48. Bo-Bae Song ¥4.88M
49. Nachiyo Ohtani ¥4.61M
50. Nozomi Inoue ¥4.56M

Next up is the Suntory Ladies Open, which goes opposite the LPGA's 2nd major of 2012, the Wegmans LPGA Championship, so Sun-Ju Ahn will only have to defend her title against the best of the JLPGA's regulars.  Should be quite a challenge nevertheless!