Defending champ Osato next to 1st prize on Wednesday. She admitted to having the yips at the start of the year (six straight trunk slams in March & April), but changed to the claw grip and all is well again.
The Daikure Ladies Cup is only the second of two two-round events on the Step Up tour. There is no cut, but only the top-50 plus ties get paid...wish I had a live stream for this one and there's nothing set up on YouTube.
Miyuki Takeuchi just went into the lead at -9 ... leads by three strokes with four holes remaining ... no career JLPGA wins at any level.
Pei Ying Tsai has fallen to +1 with one hole remaining...recently said she got rid of her two little braids after five years as a concession to advancing age...say what, she's only 28.
Kotone Hori has moved up to +1 with four holes remaining...needs to pick up one more stroke to cover her caddie fee this week.
Yes,there is only three people at even par left, So it's up to Kotone to get there. Princess Superal is hanging in there at two over for the day so far. Hope she can hang in there and get a decent check.
Leader Board 1R 1. Saki Asai 68 -5 2T. Hee Kyung Bae 70 -3 2T. Momoko Ueda 70 -3 4T. Junko Omote 71 -2 4T. Bo-Mee Lee 71 -2 6T. Mizuki Ooide 72 -1 Saiki Fujita Hana Wakimoto Reika Usui Serena Aoki Erina Hara Hikura Yoshimoto Mone Inami Erika Hara Mayu Hoska Lots of unknowns on the leader board. The top players are just one or two strokes off. So there will likely be a big change second round.
Couldn't keep my eyes open, but there was a replay on YouTube....the turnout was good, but there were no problems reported regarding packed parking lots and traffic jams since you-know-who wasn't here.