The Ground Hog Tour resumes with a reasonable amount persistence for the rest of the year starting on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Karuizawa 72 Golf North course (about 70 miles NW of Tokyo). Ji Hee Lee appears to be the only Korean in the field of 108. Looking ahead, the JLPGA big tour is off the following week. After that, they play 12 times in 14 weeks to complete 2020.
Fuji TV will carry Rounds Two and Three (Japan time) -
Lots of videos posted on YouTube. I got up at 4 AM and watched the finish of Kana Nagai (-4 thru 17 holes) ... dropped a beautiful hybrid from 175 at the par-4 18th to set herself up for an easy birdie, especially since Teresa Lu was further away on the same line. Go to school, Kana, but no, she was sleeping in class and missed her putt.
Yuka Yasuda (E)
Rei Matsuda (-3) leads the Mutant Ninja Turtle division.
Rare slacks look for Pei Ying Tsai
Erina Hara (E)
While Sharon is AWOL, Miyuki Takeuchi is on top of the cheesecake division.
Mika Miyazato earlier in the week ... a good pick-up for Yonex, she had Mizuno irons last year.
Kotone Hori couldn't get the horse to the Barn. She was on her way to at least making the cut at minus one. She had three birdies and three bogeys, before hole seventeen. But a triple bogey on hole seventeen, probably ended her Tournament. I don't think two over will make the cut. It's tough, but you just have to hang in there.
The cut was at -1 and 55 players made it. The only Korean in the field, Ji Hee Lee, bombed out. I don't know why players like Jae Eun Chung, Ah Reum Hwang, Seung Ji Han and Sharon are sitting around doing nothing.
RANK PLAYER SCORE HOLE TODAY 1R 2R 3R TOTAL 1T Miyu Goto -8 F -6 70 66 136 1T Mao Saigo -8 F -4 68 68 136 3T Rumi Yoshiba -7 F -5 70 67 137 3T Ayano Yasuda -7 F -3 68 69 137 3T Pei-Ying Tsai -7 F -3 68 69 137 3T Fumika Kawagishi -7 F -3 68 69 137 3T Yuka Saso -7 F 0 65 72 137 8T Saiki Fujita -6 F -4 70 68 138 8T Karen Tsuruoka -6 F -3 69 69 138 8T Shina Kanazawa -6 F -2 68 70 138 8T Yoko Maeda -6 F -1 67 71 138
Ting Ting (-3)
Queen Shiho (-3)
Minami Katsu (-2) is playing the WBO next week.
From Round One, Satsuki Oshiro (MC) topped the ghoul division
The only Korean in the field, Ji Hee Lee, bombed out. I don't know why players like Jae Eun Chung, Ah Reum Hwang, Seung Ji Han and Sharon are sitting around doing nothing.
Solar Lee is also MIA, not playing here or the Dream event in Korea this week, where she was a Top 10 money earner on her way to a KLPGA card. And she's been off social media since early June. Is this any way to treat her two fans?
Either of these two links is showing the 1st hole and the range from Round Three ... at 8 PM EST, another channel will pick up these areas for another 90 minutes, but don't know if either of these URLs will continue working.
When Shibuno Fever comes home in mid-October, it won't be her tour anymore ... maybe. I doubt any of the Korean JLPGA regulars hiding under their beds this week would have changed this outcome.
Videos are getting posted and taken down as I write this. If the Fuji TV broadcast survives, it was GAME, SET & MATCH at the par-5 16th hole (480 yards) where Saso hammered her drive down the left side of the fairway at 283 yards. With an iron from 195 yards, she swung so hard that her feet recoiled ... dropped the ball stone dead about 8 feet from the cup and made the putt for eagle. The 30-somethings played great and still got buried.