It starts Friday. The JLPGA website still doesn't have a player roster, but the tourney website has 76 names as of Sept. 29. That includes Bo Mee Lee, Ha Neul Kim, O Sattaya, Momoko Ueda, Teresa Lu, Jae Eun Chung, Young Kim, and JY Shin.
SBS Golf will carry it Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 PM (local time).
The final field has 96 names...Jae Eun Chung and Soo Yun Kang are WDs.
Bo Mee Lee and Erika Kikuchi
Asako Fujimoto (Fujitsu sponsored) and Sun Ju Ahn
Yumiko Yoshida with a contraption I have never seen before. I'm guessing it's a motorized push cart (w/ YAMAHA label)...and it's big...there's a tube holding three putters, so it must be carrying at least three bags. But, what purpose does it serve? If you have a caddie pushing it for a threesome and all three players hit their tee shots in different directions... I tried finding more info and pictures on it via the Internet but came up empty...it's hard to find when you don't know what it's called.
Fujitsu set up a page where you can watch 2014 VOD of this tournament by player, shot, and hole:
You click the various drop down boxes on the right, then hit the green button. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me. It could be a browser issue...the instructions recommend Chrome if IE doesn't work (but I use Mozilla). I'll check on this later, in case they set up LIVE webcams for 2015.
From earlier in the week...the ONOFF staffers must be getting the best service possible...a gear truck for two players:
Da Ye Na...
...and Ji Hee Lee
Upon further research, I've learned that ONOFF is part of the same company (GlobeRide) that makes FOURTEEN golf gear, so maybe the ONOFF van is busier than I thought. I remember FOURTEEN golf making some inroads on the LPGA years ago...after checking my archives, Won Lee and Gloria Park had their sticks at the 2007 Sybase. I can't recall seeing FOURTEEN bags in recent years, but their wedges are still in demand. GlobeRide also has a golf brand called GIII...blinged-out clubs that remind me immediately of Maruman...with prices to match. A base set of four irons will set you back Y240K and then you can add lower or higher loft irons to this set for Y60K each. In real money, that's $500 per club! If that's not enough, GlobeRide has a components brand, Roddio, so you can build your own clubs.
I'm living on the wrong continent...a train station ad...in this case, ONOFF's 2016 women's line:
The equipment vans are always at the Seaview...two were parked next to the tennis courts this year. The bigger of the two was exclusively Taylor-Made. The other had at least four brand markings; I assume the cost is spread among those brands. Maybe it’s too expensive or inconvenient to drive the vans up your way. It looks like they have way more than two vans at JLPGA events.
I’m sure you remember Daiwa Golf. That brand was discontinued and later resurfaced as ONOFF. I made a note about Shi Hyun Ahn playing ONOFF irons at the 2009 Sybase at UMCC. This was during the time when she carried a blank black bag that only had her name.
The Daiwa name still exists for fishing gear, but it's part of a bigger company called Globeride (formerly known as Daiwa Seiko). The website has a separate section for Golf:
What a tug of war the 2015 LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) season has been. As soon as I think Bo-Mee Lee is running away with the year, Teresa Lu makes a charge. When I start to think Teresa can catch up, Bo-Mee reasserts her dominance. These two tour aces have been a lot of fun to watch battle it out this season (along with In-Gee Chun making a couple of Major cameos). Lee captured her 5th tour win last week at the Stanley Ladies. Not to be outdone, Lu answered by winning this week’s 2015 Fujitsu Ladies. Teresa didn’t just win, she grabbed hold of this event from the opening round and wouldn’t let go. Her opening round 5-under 67 was the only sub-70 performance on day 1. She followed with an amazing 7-under 65 on day 2. Going into the final round, Lu sat at 12-under. Only Ayaka Watanabe at 8-under had a realistic chance but even she would need Teresa to stumble. Behind Ayaka, Bo-Mee was in third, but 8 shots back at 4-under. Unfortunately, Bo-Mee would go 2-over 74 to close and fall out of the top 10, landing at a tie for 12th. Teresa didn’t have to be sensational in round 3, and she wasn’t with 5 bogeys against 4 birdies, although she did drop in a clutch eagle putt on 16 to put the stamp on 1-under 71 round and a 13-under 4 shot victory. Bo-Mee might go on to take all the accolades via year-end trophies, and she would deserve them, but in my eyes I wish they could name two Players of the Year or somehow split the award in half. Teresa has been so good this year it would be a shame if in time people looked back and just saw Bo-Mee as POY and forgot just how wonderful a season Lu has turned in.