Just a clarification on the LIVE stream that I didn't know before. There's a break between 11 AM and Noon (Japan time) for Rounds One and Two... so we won't see Winbee and Shibuno tee off at 11:40 AM. They'll also have a similar streaming break at 10:30 AM on the weekend.
I think the tour conned the players into thinking this would be a birdiefest with talk of a 20-under score winning. I watched this sporadically and the rough looks thick and gnarly, including the grass next to the green collars. Bo Mee Lee hit the ball all over place on the first five holes and can credit her short game for keeping her in this tournament.
Chae Young Yoon tied for 1st at -3 thru 15 holes. Her portrait is posted inside every Korean medical school with the caption, "Touch this face and you'll lose your license."
The stream is back and they have Ayako Okamoto and Momoko Osato in the broadcast booth, but the sound is almost completely off...this happened last year too, the broadcaster sound was almost completely muffled. Not that it matters, how would I know what they're saying.
Sayaka Takahashi is the low score in the clubhouse at -4...scores for 93 players have been posted and 24 of them are under par.
In other news, Simin Feng won her Pro Test (Stage One) qualifier, shooting 213, -3. Babe Liu (+1) also advanced easily. There will be three locations for Stage Two...the first one will be Sept. 24-26, the next two in October.
The cabbage growing next to the green collar at #4 looks brutal...and it's raining so it'll only get worse.
The stream has not shown Winbee...but we didn't miss anything: one birdie, two bogeys and a double thru eight holes.
Shibuno never leaves 'em short. But it doesn't always work out for her when she blasts them past the hole. Like today on the 5th. She should pay attention to In Bee and watch her pace.
Shibuno is on the cut line at +2 with two holes remaining. It seems ridiculous to say she needs better advice on the course after all her success, but here's a pic from Round One...I reviewed pix from several JLPGA tournaments and it looks like Shibuno has alternated between a couple of different woman loopers. Unless you can prove otherwise, I cannot take seriously any woman caddie on an Asian tour...just bag pushers...the one exception is the lady on Rumi Yoshiba's bag - an ex-touring pro, I think.