The field of 132 will include NASA and the SS Feng...the cut is top-60 plus ties. They're playing at Cherry Hills GC about 10 miles NW Kobe...only 6425 yards, but water is in play on the last two holes:
In other news, the Japan Golf Association posted a preliminary field of 105 players this week for the Japan Women's Open (Oct. 3-6), which includes defending champ SY Ryu and NASA. The normal field amount is 120, so maybe some other LPGAers are being considered...the Texas VOA is the same week. The list includes 17 amateurs, but NOT Yuka Yasuda, which is insane. I assume her name will be added later...what more does she have to do this year?!
Shibuno's price tag for anything is NOT going down in the near future...Google mush from the JLPGA home page:
Advance tickets for this tournament are no longer sold. We are planning to sell tickets for the day, but if it is determined that the safety of the gallery cannot be secured due to the situation within the course, the sale of tickets on the day may be restricted. In that case, we will guide you on this website and on the “Real-time Access Guide”.
I read that 48,000 advance tix were sold out before the AIG WBO @ ¥8,640 per ticket...that's approx. $3.862 million USD. Thursday and Friday grounds passes are ¥2,500 per day (about $23.28 USD) ... that's pretty reasonable for this field; I paid $40 for walk-up pass to Round Two of the 2009 USWO. Saturday and Sunday will be ¥4,000 per day (about $37.24 USD). So, if they get 5,000 walk-ups per day, that would be another $600K USD in the kitty.
The par-5 18th is 525 yards...this doesn't look like a 3rd shot wedge by Shibuno.
Miyuki Takeuchi and JY Shin/Winbee
Kotone Hori got in despite six trunk slams in seven starts on the big tour in 2019,
In the 5th and final "heat" of Stage One Pro Test, Dr. Won Park disciple Babe Liu shot a mediocre 75 (+3) in round one. Stop the presses: Simin Feng opened with a 73 (+1). Japan is a good move for her if she can get all the way through. She also has a new IG handle (last update was August 7):