The Constructivist family followed Ryo Ishikawa for a handful of holes in the rain at Oak Hill last Friday morning. We had a ball and he played some really solid golf as he finished his round. (We may as well have left home before 5 am as planned; it's not like we could have gotten any wetter!)
Well, I happened to notice the name Ishikawa when looking at the field list for this week's JLPGA event, the NEC Karuizawa 72 in Nagano. And lo and behold, Yoko Ishikawa is indeed Ryo's imoto!
She's teeing it up against the likes of Ji-Yai Shin, Shanshan Feng, Harukyo Nomura, LPGA rookie Ayako Uehara, ex-LPGAers Shiho Oyama, Shinobu Moromizato, Young Kim, Soo-Yun Kang, Teresa Lu, Na-Ri Kim, and Jin Joo Hong, money-list leader Rikako Morita, defending champion Yumiko Yoshida, Women's British Open standouts Miki Saiki and Mamiko Higa, and JLPGA legends Yuri Fudoh and Sakura Yokomine, not to mention the many young guns who have been dominating competition thus far this season.
So it's going to be a good test of where the 16-year-old amateur's game is. She's missed the cut the last 3 times she's played this event and has never broken 75 in competition here.... She did eagle the 385-yard 18th in her 1st round last year!
[Update 1 (2:16 pm): Mi-Jeong Jeon, Miki Saiki, and Shiho Oyama are among those withdrawing before the event starts.]