Sakura Yokomine Wins 2013 Nobuta Group Masters GC Ladies

Sakura Yokomine, 2013 Nobuta Group Masters GC Ladies winner

They say you can’t win a tournament on day one, but you can lose it. Maybe so, but perhaps Sakura Yokomine won the 2013 Nobuta Group Masters GC Ladies (JLPGA) on the second day. Facing a strong field that included LPGA standout Shanshan Feng, Sakura opened up with a solid 2-under 70. It was on day two that she would distance herself from the field with a spectacular 9-under 63. Her round featured no bogeys against 9 birdies, including 4 birdies in the last 5 holes. The closest anybody could shoot was a trio of players at 68 on day two, including Shanshan. At 11-under, she led the field by 5 strokes with one day to play. All she had to do was not collapse. She didn’t. While she didn’t match her sensational round of 63, she did what she had to do in the final round, with 4 birdies and 3 bogeys giving her a 1-under round, good enough for 12-under overall and a 3 shot victory over Sun-Ju Ahn. The win is the 21st LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) victory in Sakura’s stellar career and her 3rd title this year. She also closes the distance between her and current 2013 JLPGA Money List leader Rikako Morita. Sakura won the money list title in 2010 with a record 175,016,384 yen (close to 1.8 million USD).

 

SAKURA YOKOMINE

SHANSHAN FENG

SHIHO OYAMA

SUN-JU AHN

YUKO SAITOH

AIRI SUGIMOTO

BO-MEE LEE

HIROKO FUKUSHIMA

MISUZU NARITA

MOMOKO UEDA

RIKAKO MORITA

 

Position Player ToPar Thru Today 1R 2R 3R 4R
1 Sakura Yokomine -12 F -1 70 63 71
2 Sun-Ju Ahn -9 F -3 69 69 69
3T Momoko Ueda -8 F -3 69 70 69
Shan-Shan Feng -8 F -2 70 68 70
5T Misuzu Narita -6 F -5 72 71 67
Shiho Oyama -6 F -1 70 69 71
7T Hiroko Fukushima -5 F -3 74 68 69
Bo-Mee Lee -5 F -2 73 68 70
9T Maiko Wakabayashi -4 F -4 73 71 68
Yuko Saitoh -4 F -3 71 72 69
Phoebe Yao -4 F +2 69 69 74
12T Ah-Reum Hwang -3 F -3 74 70 69
Shiho Toyonaga -3 *F -5 76 70 67
Harukyo Nomura -3 *F -5 74 72 67
Ayako Uehara -3 F -1 70 72 71
16T Yukari Baba -2 *F -3 71 74 69
Yuko Fukuda -2 F -2 72 72 70
Airi Sugimoto -2 F -1 72 71 71
Ji-Hee Lee -2 F -1 69 74 71
Da-Ye Na -2 F E 69 73 72
21T Esther Lee -1 F E 72 71 72
Erina Hara -1 F +2 71 70 74
Rikako Morita -1 F +3 68 72 75
Miki Sakai -1 F +3 70 70 75
25T Young Kim E F -1 74 71 71
Yumiko Yoshida E F E 72 72 72
Asako Fujimoto E *F -2 72 74 70
Ji-Woo Lee E *F -2 73 73 70
29T Rie Tsuji +1 *F E 74 71 72
Lala Anai +1 F +1 72 72 73
Yuko Mitsuka +1 *F E 72 73 72
Eun-Bi Jang +1 F +2 72 71 74
Rui Kitada +1 F +3 70 72 75
34T Teresa Lu +2 *F +1 73 72 73
Soo-Yun Kang +2 *F +1 74 71 73
Yun-Joo Jeong +2 *F +1 72 73 73
O.Sattaya +2 F +3 70 73 75
Yuri Fudoh +2 *F E 72 74 72
Tomomi Hirose +2 *F E 73 73 72
40T Airi Saitoh +3 F +2 74 71 74
Kaori Yamamoto +3 F +2 73 72 74
Hiroko Azuma +3 F +3 70 74 75
Nachiyo Ohtani +3 *F +2 72 73 74
Megumi Kido +3 *F +2 72 73 74
45 Rino Kotake +4 *F +2 74 72 74
46T Tomoko Yokoyama +5 *F +4 73 72 76
Junko Omote +5 *F +3 72 74 75
Mihoko Iseri +5 *F +3 74 72 75
Na-Ri Kim +5 *F +3 73 73 75
50 Mayu Hattori +6 *F +4 75 71 76
51 So-Hee Kim +7 *F +5 77 69 77

 

2013 JLPGA WINNERS (NUMBERS IN PARENTHESES REPRESENT CAREER JLPGA WINS)

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund (¥) Winner
Mar 8–10 Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Okinawa 80,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (3)
Mar 15–17 Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament PRGR Ladies Cup Japan Kochi 80,000,000 South Korea Jeon Mi-jeong (22)
Mar 22–24 T-Point Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Kagoshima 70,000,000 Japan Yuki Ichinose (1)
Mar 29–31 AXA Ladies Golf Tournament in Miyazaki Japan Miyazaki 80,000,000 Japan Natsuka Hori (1)
Apr 4–7 Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi Japan Shizuoka 100,000,000 Japan Mamiko Higa (1)
Apr 12–14 Studio Alice Women’s Open Japan Hyogo 60,000,000 South Korea Kim Na-ri (2)
Apr 19–21 KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open Japan Kumamoto 70,000,000 Japan Miki Saiki (6)
Apr 26–28 Fuji Sankei Ladies Classic Japan Shizuoka 80,000,000 Japan Miki Saiki (7)
May 3–5 CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Chiba 70,000,000 Japan Sakura Yokomine (19)
May 9–12 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup Japan Ibaraki 120,000,000 Japan Hiromi Mogi (6)
May 17–19 Hokken No Madoguchi Ladies Japan Fukuoka 120,000,000 Thailand Onnarin Sattayabanphot (1)
May 24–26 Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open Japan Aichi 70,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (4)
May 31 – Jun 2 Resort Trust Ladies Japan Hyogo 70,000,000 Japan Mamiko Higa (2)
Jun 7–9 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Niigata 60,000,000 Japan Junko Omote (3)
Jun 13–16 Suntory Ladies Open Japan Hyogo 100,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (5)
Jun 21–23 Nichirei Ladies Japan Chiba 80,000,000 Japan Yumiko Yoshida (2)
Jun 27–30 Earth Mondahmin Cup Japan Chiba 140,000,000 Japan Natsuka Hori (2)
Jul 5-7 Nichi-Iko Women’s Open Golf Tournament Japan Toyama 60,000,000 South Korea Kim Young (1)
Jul 19–21 Samantha Thavasa Girls Collection Ladies Tournament Japan Ibaraki 60,000,000 Japan Yumiko Yoshida (3)
Aug 9–11 Meiji Cup Japan Hokkaido 90,000,000 South Korea Na Da-ye (1)
Aug 16–18 NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament Japan Nagano 70,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (2)
Aug 23–25 CAT Ladies Japan Kanagawa 60,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (12)
Aug 30 – Sep 1 Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Hokkaido 100,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (13)
Sep 6–8 Golf 5 Ladies Professional Golf Tournament Japan Hokkaido 60,000,000 Japan Yumiko Yoshida (4)
Sep 12–15 Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup Japan Hokkaido 140,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (4)
Sep 20–22 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic Japan Aichi 80,000,000 Japan Sakura Yokomine (20)
Sep 27–29 Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Women’s Open Golf Tournament Japan Miyagi 70,000,000 South Korea Lee Na-ri (1)
Oct 3–6 Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship Japan Kanagawa 140,000,000 Japan Mika Miyazato (2)
Oct 11–13 Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Shizuoka 90,000,000 South Korea Kang Soo-yun (1)
Oct 18–20 Fujitsu Ladies Japan Chiba 80,000,000 South Korea Lee Na-ri (2)
Oct 24–27 Nobuta Group Masters GC Ladies Japan Hyogo 140,000,000 Japan Sakura Yokomine (21)

 

2013 JLPGA MONEY LIST TOP 5 THROUGH NOBUTA GROUP MASTERS GC LADIES

Ranking Name Amount Average Matches Number of rounds
1 Rikako Morita ¥104,658,571 70.9890 30 91R
2 Sakura Yokomine ¥100,866,570 70.5413 28 87R
3 Miki Saiki ¥79,742,428 71.1136 25 71R
4 Yumiko Yoshida ¥71,871,903 71.4108 30 88R
5 Sun Ju Ahn ¥71,831,680 70.3943 23 69R
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