Kicks off Thursday for a field of 120 players ... and 27 of them are amateurs ... and a couple of big amateurs are NOT here, Rin Yoshida (#4 on WAGR) and Tsubasa Kajitani (#11). Excluding JLPGAers, the only foreigner here is Kelsey Bennett(a) of Australia ... #79 on WAGR ... she must have the full backing of Oz Golf ... played four big amateur events in the U.S. this summer, along with the world team amateur in France. The cut is top-60 plus ties.
As usual, a couple of NHK channels will handle the TV ... this stream MIGHT work (Japan time) -
They're so gonzo about women's golf over there ... the JLPGA is concurrently running a scrub tour event Tuesday thru Friday this week ... the field includes The Unknown Korean:
KATO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 27: Hana Lee of South Korea hits her tee shot on the 6th hole during the first round of the Sky Ladies ABC Cup at ABC Golf Club on September 27, 2022 in Kato, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)
The link above is the LIVE leaderboard ... only 8 of 60 players from the morning wave are under par so far.
Along with Henrik Stenson, this is the other Callaway dinosaur ... still gaming Callaway Apex CF 16 ("rubbish") irons ... probably still bagging Cally X-Hot FWs, too.
NODA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 29: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Momoko Ueda of Japan hits her tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship at Murasaki Country Club Sumire Course on September 29, 2022 in Noda, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
I almost slept through my alarm, but the NHK-G link I posted had the golf. Eight players (below) broke par in Round One ... record 6,839 yards for the minor leaguers, but the JGA doesn't care. No eagles on the par-5s or anywhere else ... the flag was three yards from the left edge on the par-5 18th (572 yards) ... if you're third shot was a little too far right, it rolled down a hill.
Watched some of the Round Two broadcast before dozing off ... Koiwai (+1) was on the miss a green/get punished treadmill ... the cut was +7. Most memorable was Momoko Ueda, one of the best full-wedge players on either side of the Pacific. The par-5 12th is a theoretical pushover at 485 yards ... so what if the green is slanted from right-to-left, she can just stiff a wedge pin-high to the right of the stick for a kick-in birdie, right? Well, that's what she almost did ... except the ball kicked left, ran off the green, down the bank and into the water. She took it quite well ... I would have flipped out ... rogue video has it starting at 9:59 -
The Little Engine That Could (89th in JLPGA driving distance) somehow dodged the wreckage all the way to first place.
Hori Two (+4) will play two more days.
Wear spot alert - Minami Katsu (+3)
Ayaka Watanabe (+7) would like to skip this hole ... the field has 11 birdies in 238 tries, so far.
Baba-chan (+2) tops the six amateurs who made the cut.
What darkness? Here, we got a flashlight for you ... suck it up!
NODA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 30: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Au-reum Hwang of South Korea attempts a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship at Murasaki Country Club Sumire Course on September 30, 2022 in Noda, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Only 11 greens hit on Saturday, but The Shinster scrambled like crazy
My apologies to Ting Ting (+9) ... she did make the cut after shooting 71 on Friday.
Seonwoo Bae (+5)
Wake up, did you forget her putter on the practice green?! The black & yellow logo on the bib is a famous delivery service in Japan ... I forget the name ... I think a lot of players use it to send their gear from tournament to tournament.
Kotone Hori good score of plus one to move up up the Leader Board
I am always surprised at what Yui Kawamoto do on the golf course. She had one birdie no bogeys on the front nine, but three double bogeys and two bogeys on back nine. It's almost like a switch turned on in her head and she forgot hoe to play golf.