Bo-Mee Lee (or Bo-Mi Lee) might not be a name familiar to a lot of American LPGA fans, unless they happened to also be Seoul Sisters fans. After KLPGA ace Jiyai Shin left her homeland for the LPGA tour in America, Hee Kyung Seo marched to Player of the Year in 2009 on the KLPGA. In 2010, Hee Kyung was again expected to dominate in South Korea, but instead Bo-Mee Lee emerged as the top player on the KLPGA that year, winning 3 times, including a KLPGA Major, and 15 (out of 19) top 10s. Rather than set her sails for America, as so many top Koreans had done before her, she stayed closer to home by joining the LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA) through Q-school qualifying. Although 2011 was her rookie year on the JLPGA, the earthquake and cancellation of events caused her to split her time between the KLPGA and JLPGA. So she feels 2012 is her first full year on the JLPGA.
It was the second straight playoff to start the JLPGA season as Bo-Mee Lee found herself locking horns with an old rival from the KLPGA, two-time defending JLPGA Player of the Year, Sun Ju Ahn. On a day when scoring conditions were considerably more favorable than in Saturday’s round two, Sun Ju Ahn charged up the leaderboard with a 6 birdie, 1 bogey 5-under 67 that included 3 straight birdies on 2, 3 and 4. With Bo-Mee turning in a 4 birdie, 1 bogey 3-under 69, both ladies found themselves all alone at 3-under overall at the end of regulation play. On the second playoff hole, Bo-Mee would convert her par putt while Sun Ju bogeyed to give the former KLPGA Player of the Year her first win on the JLPGA.
SUN JU AHN