This is the 10th anniversary of Ai Miyazato's victory as a teenage amateur at the 2003 Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open, the 1st of her 15 JLPGA victories (a total that includes a repeat during her rookie year on the LPGA in 2006). Well, this year, she shares the lead at -3 with fellow LPGA Class of 2006er Teresa Lu, as they were the only 2 golfers in the field to break 70 in the opening round, a day in which only 7 other golfers even went under par.
2 shots behind the co-leaders are Sakura Yokomine, Mamiko Higa, Bo-Bae Song, Na-Ri Lee, Ji-Woo Lee, and Erina Hara, while Shiho Oyama, Miki Saiki, Yukari Baba, Mayu Hattori, and Junko Omote are only 3 off the pace. Other big names in the field didn't do quite so well: money-list leader Rikako Morita and Momoko Ueda opened with 73s, Chie Arimura, Ayako Uehara, Shinobu Moromizato, and Miho Mori with 74s, Yumiko Yoshida with a 75, Yuri Fudoh and Maiko Wakabayashi with 76s, and Natsuka Hori with a 77.
Of course, there's a lot of golf yet to be played and anything can happen in the next 36 holes. Still, wouldn't it be cool if Ai-sama broke through for her 1st JLPGA victory since 2009 and only 3rd since joining the LPGA?