Monday, May 12, 2014

Congratulations to Misuzu Narita, Valentine Derrey, and Wei-Ling Hsu

Winning your 1st major is one thing.  Beating world-class golfers to do it is even better.  That's what Misuzu Narita accomplished yesterday at the JLPGA's Salonpas Cup.  Yes, the 21-year-old needed a little help at the end of the day from Shanshan Feng and Mika Miyazato to claim her 3rd JLPGA title in her 3rd season on tour, but she was the one putting pressure on them and they're the ones who couldn't handle her.

Valentine Derrey has won on the Symetra Tour before, but she notched her 1st-ever LET victory yesterday in Turkey, beating Malene Jorgensen and Charley Hull by 2 and 3 shots, respectively.  She moves to 3rd on the LET's Order of Merit, joining veterans Gwladys Nocera, Karine Icher, and Sophie Giquel-Bettan to become the 4th French golfer in the top 7 thus far this year.

Meanwhile, on the Symetra Tour, Wei-Ling Hsu won in dramatic fashion with a walkoff eagle that ensured that Min Seo Kwak wouldn't claim her 2nd title in a row on the LPGA's developmental tour.  The 19-year-old from Taiwan has already won once in each of her 2 seasons on the Symetra Tour.  On a day when Cheyenne Woods rocketed into the top 25 and Min Lee into the top 10 with strong 67s, only Sara-Maude Juneau could match Hsu's closing 68.  Hsu joins Yueer Cindy Feng, Marissa Steen, and Kwak as only the 4th player to break the $30K barrier on the tour's money list in 2014.

So congratulations to all 3 winners from the world of women's golf!

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