Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Not So Fast! Na Yeon Choi and Eun-Hee Ji Choose Kyoraku Cup Over JLPGA Q-School

The Korea Times is reporting that Na Yeon Choi and Eun-Hee Ji will be joining Team Korea in the international competition known as the Kyoraku Cup this year because it's being hosted by Japan (in Okinawa, actually). They'll be joining fellow LPGAers Ji-Yai Shin, In-Kyung Kim, and Sun Young Yoo, KLPGAers Hee Kyung Seo, So Yeon Ryu, Jeoung-Eun Lee, and Bo Mi Lee, and JLPGAers Ji-Hee Lee, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Bo-Bae Song, and Eun-A Lim, rather than entering the final stage of JLPGA Q-School, as expected. (H/t: Happy Fan.)

Team Japan will be lead by Ai Miyazato, Momoko Ueda, Shinobu Moromizato, Sakura Yokomine, Miho Koga, and Yuri Fudoh. I haven't been able to confirm who their 7 other teammates will be, although I'm hoping that Okinawans Mika Miyazato and Ayako Uehara make the team. My guess, going by the current JLPGA money list, is that Chie Arimura, Yuko Mitsuka, and Yukari Baba are locks, but I'm unsure who the other 4 will be. Akiko Fukushima, Yuko Saitoh, Miki Saiki, and Uehara, as the money list would suggest? Or will Mika-chan get an LPGA bye and knock out 1 of them? Or will some of these players be unable to compete that week and new ones step up, like Rui Kitada, Erina Hara, Akane Iijima, Rikako Morita, Hiromi Mogi, Maiko Wakabayashi, or Mayu Hattori?

I wish the JLPGA and KLPGA would set their collective minds on eliminating this scheduling conflict with JLPGA Q-School. How are they going to follow my much more ambitious suggestion for hooking up with the Solheim Cup if they can't get their own schedules ironed out?

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