Hyun-Ju Shin Win 2012 Nichirei Ladies (JLPGA); Edges Chie Arimura and Soo-Yun Kang To End Winless Drought

Hyun-Ju Shin, 2012 Nichirei Ladies winner

There are a handful of very successful Korean golfers on the LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA), including Mi-Jeong Jeon, Ji-Hee Lee and 2-time defending Player of the Year Sun-Ju Ahn. One of the forgotten Seoul Sister stars on the JLPGA might just be Hyun-Ju Shin. She finished 5th on the JLPGA money list back in 2005. In 2008, she won 2 events, including a Major, the 2008 JLPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup. Hyun-Ju even outdueled the great Jiyai Shin down the stretch to win Konica. But it’s been a few years since Hyun-Ju’s last win, and sometimes out of sight is out of mind. She did have 1 win in 2010 but was not nearly in contention as frequently as she once was. Fast forward midway through 2012 and Hyun-Ju Shin reminded us how good she can be. Coming from 3 shots back of the leader, Shin fired a 5-under 67 to vault up the leaderboard with an 11-under overall, winning the 2012 Nichirei Ladies by 1 stroke over a trio in 2nd place. In fact, she birdied 6 of the first 11 holes (against 1 bogey), including birdies on the first 3 holes in a row. It is her 6th JLPGA victory. Let’s hope it’s not almost 2 years until her next win.

Soo-Yun Kang

However, I was a bit disappointed as Hyun-Ju Shin’s success came at the expense of 2 players for whom I was rooting, overnight leader Soo-Yun Kang and Chie Arimura. Kangsy didn’t play terribly at 1-under for the final round, her 10-under overall score falling 1 shot shy of Hyun-Ju. After only 1 bogey in the first 2 rounds, Kangsy would have 2 at inopportune times in the final round. She birdied the 1st hole only to give it back with a bogey on the 5th. After birdying the par 5 7th, she once again gave it back on the par 4 9th. She did birdie the par 3 11th but couldn’t manage another coming in. Still, it’s not a bad round. She forced somebody to have to have a great round to beat her. Unfortunately for Kangsy, somebody did. Chie Arimura had a better round at 4-under for the final round, matching Kangsy’s 10-under overll and also falling 1 shot shy of Hyun-Ju. The bogey bug also bit Chie. After finishing the 2nd round with an eagle on the par 5 18th, she fired 7 birdies in the final round. But she also had 3 bogeys, including one on the par 5 7th. Arimura is an absolute fan favorite and the crowd would have loved to see her break the 6 tournament winless streak by Japanese players, but in the end the streak extends to 7 tournaments. 6 of those 7 were by Korean players. The other was by recent LPGA Major winner Shanshan Feng of China. Chie is the last Japanese winner, at the 2012 Cyber Agent Ladies.

HYUN-JU SHIN

BO-MEE LEE

CHIE ARIMURA

KAORI OHE

RIKAKO MORITA

RITSUKO RYU

SAKURA YOKOMINE

YUMIKO YOSHIDA

YURI FUDOH

 

Position Player ToPar Thru Today
1 Hyun-Ju Shin -11 F -5
2 Ritsuko Ryu -10 F -4
Chie Arimura -10 F -4
Soo-Yun Kang -10 F -1
5 Bo-Mee Lee -9 F -6
Yuri Fudoh -9 F -4
Na-Ri Lee -9 F -4
Esther Lee -9 F -4
Kaori Ohe -9 F -1
10 Young Kim -8 F -2
11 Yun-Jye Wei -7 F -3
12 Rikako Morita -5 F -2
Yumiko Yoshida -5 F -1
14 Erina Hara -4 F -2
Natsu Nagai -4 F E
Miki Saiki -4 *F -5
Mi-Jeong Jeon -4 F +4
18 Megumi Kido -3 F -3
Keiko Sasaki -3 F -2
Kumiko Kaneda -3 F -2
Hiroko Fukushima -3 *F -5
Kaori Aoyama -3 F -1
Mihoko Iseri -3 F -1
24 So-Hee Kim -2 *F -3
Maiko Wakabayashi -2 *F -3
Kurumi Dohi -2 F +2
Na-Ri Kim -2 *F -2
28 Miki Sakai -1 F -1
Hiromi Takesue -1 F -1
Hiromi Mogi -1 F E
Nana Akahori -1 F E
Chie Sakai -1 F +1
Yeo-Jin Kang -1 *F -2
34 Kaori Nakamura E *F -2
Junko Omote E F +1
Ya-Huei Lu E F +2
37 Sakura Yokomine +1 *F -1
Airi Saitoh +1 *F -1
Kaori Yamamoto +1 *F -1
40 Erika Kikuchi +2 F +2
Mayu Hattori +2 F +3
Orie Fujino +2 *F E
Yuki Ichinose +2 *F E
Misuzu Narita +2 *F +1
Kotono Kozuma +2 *F +1
46 Eun-A Lim +3 F +3
Nachiyo Ohtani +3 *F +1
Onnarin Sattayabanphot +3 *F +2
49 Hsuan-Yu Yao +4 F +5
Bo-Bae Song +4 *F +2
Mayumi Shimomura +4 *F +3
52 Yui Kawahara +5 *F +3
Shiho Toyonaga +5 *F +3
54 Kyoko Furuya +7 *F +6
55 Asuka Tsujimura +9 *F +7

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