Saturday, October 11, 2014

Stanley Ladies Saturday: Ji-Hee Lee Leads Misuzu Narita by 3, Sun-Ju Ahn by 4

Ji-Hee Lee followed up yesterday's bogey-free 65 at the Stanley Ladies with a bogey-free 31 today, then held on to post a 67 that left her at -12, 3 shots ahead of Misuzu Narita (who eagled the par-5 8th) and 4-up on Sun-Ju Ahn (who double bogeyed the par-4 17th).

Rikako Morita and Esther Lee kept pace with Lee today, but remain 6 shots behind her for the week, tied with money-list leader Bo-Mee Lee (68), Da Ye Na (69), and 1st-round co-leader Onnarin Sattayabanphot in 7th.  18-year-old amateur Akiho Sato also fired a 67 today, which moved her into a tie for 4th with Miki Sakai (68) and Erina Hara (70) at -7.  But it was 20-year-old Ai Suzuki who had the low round of the day, improving 10 shots on her opening 76 to move into the top 25, leapfrogging Mamiko Higa (E), Chie Arimura (-1), and Mayu Hattori (-1) and catching Ayaka Watanabe at -2.  With Momoko Ueda and Yumiko Yoshida at -5, Sakura Yokomine and Na-Ri Lee at -4, and Rui Kitada and Mami Fukuda at -3, there's a good mix of veterans and youngsters chasing Lee.  But Yukari Baba, Natsuka Hori, Kumiko Kaneda, Erika Kikuchi, and Yuko Mitsuka will not be among them, as they missed the cut.

Even though Lee has 17 career JLPGA victories, she hasn't finished inside the winner's circle since 2012.  Meanwhile, Narita and Ahn are looking for their 4th wins of 2014.  Should be a great finish tomorrow!

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