phil: thanks for the info about ayaka watanabe, hope she does well in qschool... she had many missed cuts this year, hope it was not due to injury. she was the first japanese player that i noticed many many years ago during a british womens open (forgot what year) ...
They just posted the tee times for Tuesday, woo-hoo! Such an awesome event ... who will be crying on Friday? I assume it will be DARK for TV coverage and spectator attendance (again), which is a real shame.
JLPGA stands for "What Have You Done Lately?" Shoko Sasaki and Kotono Kozuma had three wins between them in 2018 and they are playing here in the same group! They'll look each other over at the 1st hole and say, "What the hell happened to us?" Solar Lee and Sharon are in separate groups with unknowns (to me). Ayaka Matsumori and Miyuki Takeuchi will be in a group I'd follow. Another good one is Yuka Yasuda with her royal majesty Princess Mary Superal.
Kodama GC is about 50 miles NW of Tokyo. Considering the calendar and location, the weather conditions will bearable with highs of 58F, 57F, 53F and 49F Tue. thru Fri. with no precip.
While doing a look-up on Solar, I stumbled over this guy and his collection of golf videos ... quite interesting. Earlier this year, he was in Japan and got to play with Kacie Komoto, who bombed out of Stage One last week. I know I implied that she should quit touring golf, but I take that back after watching this. American women golfers need all the support they can get, regardless of what stage they are on. Oh, and I saw her at the 2016 USWA ... no shame in getting walloped by Hye Jin Choi.
I noticed that Phoebe Yao was in the field. I kind of remembered that she had been a top twenty golfer. I looked her up and stumbled on her first LPGA of Japan win. There were other interesting players competing also.