The Groundhog Tour will come out from under its beds for the week of June 25-28, then go back under the bed until the NEC Karuizawa 72 event (Aug. 14-16). This idiocy persists, even though Japan has 42% fewer virus cases per capita than Korea (I just looked it up). Does this tour financially depend on spectators more than the KLPGA? The JLPGA Step Up tour won't even start until September. The big tour just announced the cancellation of the Samantha Thavasa (July 17-19) ... no point in having it if there are no spectators to gawp at the bikini girls.
Back to this tourney ... they'll be playing in front of no spectators at Camellia Hills CC, on the SE side of Tokyo Bay for a record ¥240,000,000. The field of 144 will have a cut at top-70 (tentatively, whatever that means) ... 123 players are listed for now, including defending champ JY Shin, SW Bae, Jae Eun Chung, Ah Reum Hwang, Hana Lee and The Leader of The Pack. No Sky Kim, no Sharon, no Mi Jeong Jeon, no Big Mama Ahn, no Smile Candy and no Chae Young Yoon.
Fear not, Shibuno is playing ... all the Japanese players are desperate to play this one, plus the Thais and Taiwanese. I only mentioned the Koreans because I thought it was strange how light the field was for them. Is it a big hassle to get into Japan from Korea these days? If they're really planning to fill 144 spots, who will be picked for the 21 openings?
phil, thanks for the update, some favs that will tee up are ayaka matsumori, kotono kazuma, watanabe, hikari fujita, s.rankon(thailand) all winners on the tour, missing is kotone hori. it will be fun to see shibuno again.
it looks like they published the qualifier list but its in japanese... i see jennifer hirano's name listed at no.7 (+3); i hope she is in the field ??
apologize to non-horseracing people but nanako fujita has 5 wins since breaking her collarbone in feb. and is now ranked 35 in jockey ranking.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2020 19:10:22 GMT by jlpgafan: add
After Google mushing the tee times, it appears that almost all of the few Koreans who had been in this field a few days ago have dropped out, including The Superstar.
Ack! I was afraid of this when I saw that the Leader of the Pack played in the latest Dream Tour event. Must have been some sort of last minute Japanese change with their quarantine. This event will be the poorer for it.
And I was planning on one of the four simultaneous streams to be following Solar's group.
This is great, I have four videos running on separate tabs ... but which one should I focus on? The first one showed Shibuno complete the 1st hole with a par and Queen Shiho (wearing a mask, unfortunately) just made a par saver putt at #1. The 4th video shows various player interviews ... it's raining hard in the background, maybe this is from another day.
For awhile it looked like Stream #4 was going to be a 24/7 Shibuno-Cam -- covered from every angle on the practice green -- until she headed over to the first tee on Stream #1. Streams 1 & 2 are showing live coverage now while 3 & 4 seem to be showing prerecorded interviews interspersed with live static shots of puddles on some green.
It's pretty confusing.
EDIT: Play is stopped. There must be no electricity, since they're all huddled under big trees.
Kotono Kozuma is +3 thru ten holes ... holy crap, she must have spent the lockdown inside her refrigerator.
It's raining in buckets now and they just blew the horn. I guess there are no courtesy vehicles as Ting Ting and Yukari Nishiyama are standing under trees with umbrellas sprouted. One of the greens is completely flooded ... this gig won't restart for quite a while.
Some things never change ... Hana Lee (ROK) is tied for the lead at -2 thru seven holes.