Saturday, April 13, 2013
Studio Alice Ladies Saturday: Hwang and Sakai Lead, But It's Anybody's Ball Game!
Heading into the final round of the Studio Alice Ladies, there are 28 players within 5 shots of the lead held by Ah-Reum Hwang and 21-year-old Miki Sakai at -3. Teenage amateur Nozomi Uetake is 1 shot off behind the co-leaders, tied with AXA Ladies champion Natsuka Hori, Mayu Hattori, Na-Ri Kim, and Kaori Nakamura, while Teresa Lu, Rui Kitada, Yuki Sakurai, and Da-Ye Na are only 2 behind. Bo-Bae Song and Erina Hara are only 3 off the pace and well within striking distance of making a return to the JLPGA's elite. Money-list leader Rikako Morita is at +1 and could easily continue her top-6-or-better run to start 2013. Ji-Hee Lee, Shinobu Moromizato, Miki Saiki, and Ritsuko Ryu are the biggest names among those 5 back. Meanwhile, Ayako Uehara barely made the cut and Ji-Yai Shin had to cancel her scheduled appearance due to back issues. Let's see who prevails!