Hisako Higuchi Morinaga Weider Ladies Sunday: Bo-Mee Lee Wins Going Away

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Bo-Mee Lee made 4 birdies on the front and 3 on the back in the final round of the Hisako Higuchi Morinaga Weider Ladies to win going away.  Her bogey-free 65 left her 5 shots ahead of Sun-Ju Ahn, 6 away from Shanshan Feng, and 7-up on Ji-Yai Shin, 20-year-old Ayaka Watanabe, and Yuko Fukuda (who closed with a 65 of her own).  With her 2nd win of 2013 and 5th in 2 seasons on the JLPGA, Lee moves into 6th on the JLPGA money list, within hailing distance of Rikako Morita and Sakura Yokomine, who both finished well back in the pack, as did Mika Miyazato and Momoko Ueda.  She also continues the South Korean resurgence on the JLPGA during which they have won 5 of the last 8 events on tour and been denied only by Miyazato and Yokomine.

So here’s how the list looks now, with only 4 tournaments remaining on the 2013 schedule:

1. Rikako Morita ¥105.10M
2. Sakura Yokomine ¥101.52M
3. Miki Saiki ¥80.62M

4. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥78.13M
5. Yumiko Yoshida ¥73.07M
6. Bo-Mee Lee ¥70.34M

7. Mamiko Higa ¥64.50M
8. Natsuka Hori ¥64.27M

9. Teresa Lu ¥60.89M
10. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥60.78M
11. Na-Ri Lee ¥57.11M
12. Ritsuko Ryu ¥51.48M
13. Yuki Ichinose ¥46.07M
14. Misuzu Narita ¥44.45M
15. Erika Kikuchi ¥44.22M
16. Onnarin Sattayabanphot ¥43.92M
17. Yukari Baba ¥42.46M
18. Soo-Yun Kang ¥42.14M
19. Da-Ye Na ¥42.05M
20. Junko Omote ¥40.45M
21. Asako Fujimoto ¥39.09M
22. Esther Lee ¥38.45M
23. Kumiko Kaneda ¥37.89M
24. Hiromi Mogi ¥36.88M
25. Shiho Oyama ¥35.70M
26. Mayu Hattori ¥35.55M
27. Miki Sakai ¥33.44M
28. Harukyo Nomura ¥33.40M
29. Ji-Hee Lee ¥32.80M
30. Na-Ri Kim ¥32.61M
31. Yuri Fudoh ¥31.45M
32. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥30.22M
33. Rui Kitada ¥30.10M
34. Erina Hara ¥30.00M
35. Kaori Ohe ¥26.73M
36. Lala Anai ¥26.09M
37. Megumi Kido ¥24.93M
38. Young Kim ¥23.50M
39. Shanshan Feng ¥23.06M
40. Kaori Nakamura ¥22.86M
41. Yuko Fukuda ¥22.78M
42. Akane Iijima ¥21.60M
43. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥21.46M
44. Eun-Bi Jang ¥21.01M
45. Phoebe Yao ¥19.53M
46. Yuki Sakurai ¥18.26M
47. Kaori Aoyama ¥18.01M
48. Yun-Jye Wei ¥17.80M
49. Ayaka Watanabe ¥17.55M
50. Saiki Fujita ¥16.97M

The top 50 keep their cards for 2014, so it’s worth noting that Ayako Uehara is at #51, Ji-Yai Shin at #54, Momoko Ueda at #55, Yuko Mitsuka at #61, Bo-Bae Song at #66, Li-Ying Ye at #68, Shinobu Moromizato at #70, Hyun-Ju Shin at #71, Ai Miyazato at #79 (in only 2 starts), and Chie Arimura at #122 (in only 3 starts).

Next up is the Mizuno Classic, where Stacy Lewis will attempt to defend her title.  The last player to successfully do this, Ji-Yai Shin, is in the field, as are all the LPGA’s top rookies and 4 of the top 5 on the JLPGA money list.  Yet today’s winner Bo-Mee Lee, who shot a 64 in the 2nd round of the 2012 Mizuno Classic but got beat by Lewis’s own final-round 64, is skipping this year’s tournament, as are Ai Miyazato, Sun-Ju Ahn, Mamiko Higa, and Natsuka Hori (along with Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen)–and 2-time winner Momoko Ueda is 3rd alternate.

[Update 1 (11:44 am):  Lee is getting the full Golf Babes and Fairways and Forehands treatment!]

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