Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies Sunday: Bo-Mee Lee Birdies 3 of Last 8 Holes to Secure 6th JLPGA Victory, Schooling Teenage Amateur in the Process

Bo-Mee Lee's 4-birdie 69 gave her a 4-shot victory at the Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies over Mi-Jeong Jeon (73), Shanshan Feng (68), Mayu Hattori (68), and Soo-Yun Kang (68), but the KLPGA star's 6th career JLPGA win didn't come that easy.

Lee was still 1 behind teenage amateur Asuka Kashiwabara standing on the 11th tee, as the playing partners had each birdied one hole and bogeyed one in their 1st 10.  But just as Lee went on a tear, Kashiwabara faltered.  A birdie on the long par-5 11th brought Lee even with the 18-year-old.  A Kashiwabara bogey on the short par-4 13th gave Lee her 1st lead of the day and she never looked back, engineering a 2-shot swing on the long par-4 15th.  A 3rd Kashiwabara bogey on the medium-length par-4 17th and a walkoff birdie by Lee completed a 6-shot swing over those final 8 holes.  Kashiwabara ended up tied with Na-Ri Lee (69) and Lala Anai (70) for 6th at -4, while Momoko Ueda (74) ended up tied for 9th at -3 with Onnarin Sattayabanphot (70), Sakura Yokomine (71), and Porani Chutichai (72).

Lee's win put her back atop the JLPGA money list:

1. Bo-Mee Lee ¥56.23M
 Misuzu Narita ¥38.59M
3. Onnarin Sattayabanphot ¥34.97M
4. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥33.73M
5. Erina Hara ¥32.73M
6. Ayaka Watanabe ¥32.21M
7. Yuki Ichinose ¥30.38M
8. Rikako Morita ¥26.03M

9. Esther Lee ¥25.82M
10. Miki Sakai ¥22.73M
11. Phoebe Yao ¥21.41M
12. Shanshan Feng ¥20.04M
13. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥18.96M
14. Ritsuko Ryu ¥18.55M
15. Mayu Hattori ¥17.77M
16. Mamiko Higa ¥15.61M

17. Ji-Yai Shin ¥15.60M
18. Lala Anai ¥15.41M
19. Ji-Hee Lee ¥15.29M
20. Mami Fukuda ¥15.23M
21. Saiki Fujita ¥13.74M
22. Asako Fujimoto ¥13.39M
23. Yukari Baba ¥13.36M
24. Yumiko Yoshida ¥12.58M
25. Teresa Lu ¥11.85M
26. Soo-Yun Kang ¥10.76M
27. Rui Kitada ¥9.36M
28. Sakura Yokomine ¥8.46M
29. Kotono Kozuma ¥8.41M
30. Junko Omote ¥7.92M

Next up on tour is the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open, which features most of the JLPGA's finest (although not Lee), as well as 18-year-old amateur Kotone Hori.  Let's see who can close the gap on Lee in a serious way next week!

[Update 1 (3:55 pm): Lee gets the Golf Babes treatment!]

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