Teresa Lu Wins 2013 Mizuno Classic

Teresa Lu (click to enlarge)

From the first day she touched a golf club to the moment she drained her final birdie at the 2013 Mizuno Classic, I don’t know if Taiwan’s Teresa Lu has ever played a better round. I highly doubt that if she has, that it came at a more critical time. With a sensational 9 birdie, 1 bogey 8-under 64, Teresa vaulted over a number of players to claim her first LPGA, JLPGA and professional level event (Mizuno Classic is co-sponsored). The 25-year old had been a promising young player on the LPGA, but ultimately focused on the JLPGA. Given that she is still quite young and now has an automatic exemption if she wants, I wonder if we might see Teresa full time back in the United States in 2014. After her round she said she would probably be back on the LPGA next year. Life so far away from home can be tough. Part of the reason Teresa went to Japan after the 2010 LPGA season was to be closer to home. It’s not always about how much talent you have. LPGA rookie Chie Arimura is a very talented player who was a shining star previously on the JLPGA before she came to play in the States in 2013. But Chie has struggled to adjust to the loneliness of being thousands of miles from home on a foreign tour in a foreign country. The golf game for Teresa, like Chie, is there. She torched the course at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club pouring in 4 straight birdies from 11 to 14 and closing with 6 birdies in her last 8 holes, including 17 and 18. When she stepped to the 11th tee, she was at 8-under and looking for a possible top 10 if she could come in without any big mistakes. By the time her final shot was completed, she would hold the trophy. Teresa is the second Taiwanese player to win the Mizuno Classic, after JLPGA legend Ai-Yu Tu. Tu was the first non-Japanese player to finish atop the year end JLPGA money list, an accomplishment she achieved 7 times, including 5 years in row from 1982 through 1986. 1986 was also the year Tu won Mizuno, which at that time was called the Mazda Japan Classic.

Teresa Lu (click to enlarge)

Other notable results to LPGA fans include Chella Choi finishing in 2nd place. She had a stellar round of her own, closing with a 6-under 66. Two LPGA Major winners, Shanshan Feng and defending Mizuno champion Stacy Lewis, were part of a three way tie with Eun-Bi Jang for 8th. In the LPGA Rookie of the Year race, Moriya Jutanugarn finished Mizuno in 30th while ROY points leader Caroline Masson finished 60th. It wasn’t enough for Moriya to catch Caroline, but she did inch ever closer, with Masson having 474 points to Jutanugarn’s 463. Both are scheduled to play the season ending CME Titleholders. But Masson is a first alternate at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. If anybody pulls out, Caroline would be in with an opportunity to widen her lead. As a blogger, I have my favorites, but I try to root for everybody’s success. I don’t believe you have to denigrate one player to root for another. So I won’t do that. That said…ummm…you do know what my screen name is, right? So…let’s just say that bangkokbobby (that’s me!) will root for both players to play well equally…but maybe for Moriya a little more equally! LOL! 🙂

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TERESA LU

 

CHELLA CHOI

 

SHIHO OYAMA

 

YUKI ICHINOSE

 

YUMIKO YOSHIDA

 

MAMIKO HIGA

 

STACY LEWIS

 

ASAKO FUJIMOTO

 

GERINA PILLER

 

BRITTANY LINCICOME

 

BRITTANY LANG

 

AUSTIN ERNST

 

KUMIKO KANEDA

 

AH-REUM HWANG

 

EUN-BI JANG

 

MIKI SAIKI

 

JIYAI SHIN

 

NATSUKA HORI

 

RUI KITADA

 

RIKAKO MORITA

 

JULIETA GRANADA

 

NA RI LEE

 

HARUKYO NOMURA

Position Player ToPar Thru Today 1R 2R 3R
1 Teresa Lu -14 F -8 70 68 64
2 Chella Choi -12 F -6 69 69 66
3T Mamiko Higa -10 F -2 70 66 70
Yuki Ichinose -10 F -2 70 66 70
5T Yumiko Yoshida -9 F -4 74 65 68
Shiho Oyama -9 F -1 68 68 71
7 Asako Fujimoto -8 F -1 70 67 71
8T Stacy Lewis -7 F -2 71 68 70
Eun-Bi Jang -7 F -1 69 69 71
Shan-Shan Feng -7 *F -6 72 71 66
11T Kaori Nakamura -6 F -4 69 73 68
Ji-Yai Shin -6 F -3 69 72 69
13T Esther Lee -5 F -3 70 72 69
Catriona Matthew -5 F -3 71 71 69
Harukyo Nomura -5 F -2 72 69 70
Ah-Reum Hwang -5 F E 71 68 72
17T Mina Harigae -4 F -2 73 69 70
Brittany Lang -4 F E 70 70 72
Hee-Won Han -4 F E 69 71 72
Miki Saiki -4 F +1 73 66 73
Julieta Granada -4 F +1 71 68 73
Junko Omote -4 F +2 69 69 74
Jenny Shin -4 *F -3 72 71 69
Sakura Yokomine -4 *F -3 72 71 69
Mayu Hattori -4 *F -4 76 68 68
Erina Hara -4 *F -4 71 73 68
27T So Yeon Ryu -3 F -1 71 71 71
Yuri Fudoh -3 F -1 73 69 71
Rui Kitada -3 F E 71 70 72
30T Kumiko Kaneda -2 F +1 71 70 73
Brittany Lincicome -2 F +5 69 68 77
Moriya Jutanugarn -2 *F -3 75 70 69
33T Vicky Hurst -1 F +1 71 71 73
Na-Ri Lee -1 F +2 69 72 74
Eun-Hee Ji -1 F +3 74 66 75
Ritsuko Ryu -1 *F E 73 70 72
Kaori Ohe -1 *F E 71 72 72
Yuko Fukuda -1 *F E 71 72 72
Mika Miyazato -1 *F E 71 72 72
Lala Anai -1 *F -1 72 72 71
41T Karrie Webb E F +2 72 70 74
Hee Young Park E F +2 75 67 74
Lisa McCloskey E F +4 73 67 76
44T Jennifer Rosales +1 F +3 70 72 75
Erika Kikuchi +1 F +3 72 70 75
Natsuka Hori +1 F +4 72 69 76
Rikako Morita +1 F +5 74 66 77
Pernilla Lindberg +1 *F +3 69 73 75
Giulia Sergas +1 *F +1 74 70 73
50T Na-Ri Kim +2 F +4 72 70 76
Gerina Piller +2 F +6 72 68 78
Belen Mozo +2 *F +2 73 71 74
Christina Kim +2 *F +2 71 73 74
Lindsey Wright +2 *F +1 73 72 73
Akane Iijima +2 *F +1 73 72 73
Miki Sakai +2 *F E 77 69 72
Jane Park +2 *F E 75 71 72
58T Austin Ernst +3 F +7 70 70 79
O.Sattaya +3 *F +3 73 71 75
60T Danielle Kang +4 *F +5 70 73 77
Ayako Uehara +4 *F +4 73 71 76
Misuzu Narita +4 *F +4 73 71 76
Sydnee Michaels +4 *F +4 72 72 76
Juli Inkster +4 *F +3 76 69 75
Christel Boeljon +4 *F +3 75 70 75
Irene Cho +4 *F +2 74 72 74
Caroline Masson +4 *F E 76 72 72
68T Maiko Wakabayashi +5 *F +4 71 74 76
Da-Ye Na +5 *F +4 71 74 76
Cindy LaCrosse +5 *F +3 72 74 75
Chie Arimura +5 *F +1 72 76 73
72T Rebecca Lee-Bentham +6 *F +7 71 72 79
Megumi Kido +6 *F +2 76 72 74
Candie Kung +6 *F +2 76 72 74
75 Jee-Young Lee +7 *F -1 79 73 71
76 Mariajo Uribe +8 *F +3 78 71 75
77 Thidapa Suwannapura +9 *F +4 73 76 76

 

2013 JLPGA WINNERS THOUGH MIZUNO CLASSIC (Numbers in parentheses are official JLPGA career 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)
Nov 1–3 Hisako Higuchi – Morinaga Weider Ladies Japan Chiba 70,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (5)
Nov 8–10 Mizuno Classic Japan Mie US$1,200,000 Taiwan Teresa Lu (1)

 

2013 LPGA WINNERS THROUGH MIZUNO (Numbers in parentheses are official LPGA career wins)

Dates Tournament Location Winner
Feb 14-17 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Australia Australia South Korea Jiyai Shin (11)
Feb 21-24 Honda LPGA Thailand Thailand Thailand South Korea Inbee Park (4)
Feb 28-Mar 3 HSBC Women’s Champions Singapore Singapore United States Stacy Lewis (6)
Mar 14-17 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup United States Arizona United States Stacy Lewis (7)
Mar 21-24 Kia Classic United States California Spain Beatriz Recari (2)
Apr 4-7 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California South Korea Inbee Park (5)
Apr 17-20 LPGA Lotte Championship United States Hawaii Norway Suzann Pettersen (11)
Apr 25-28 North Texas LPGA Shootout United States Texas South Korea Inbee Park (6)
May 2-5 Kingsmill Championship United States Virginia United States Cristie Kerr (16)
May 16-19 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic United States Alabama United States Jennifer Johnson (1)
May 23-26 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic The Bahamas Bahamas South Korea Ilhee Lee (1)
May 31-Jun 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey Australia Karrie Webb (39)
Jun 6-9 Wegmans LPGA Championship United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (7)
Jun 21-23 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas South Korea Inbee Park (8)
Jun 27-30 U.S. Women’s Open United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (9)
Jul 11-14 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Canada Ontario South Korea Hee-Young Park (2)
Jul 18-21 Marathon Classic United States Ohio Spain Beatriz Recari (3)
Aug 1-4 Ricoh Women’s British Open Scotland Scotland United States Stacy Lewis (8)
Aug 16-18 Solheim Cup United States Colorado European Union Europe
Aug 22-25 CN Canadian Women’s Open Canada Alberta New Zealand Lydia Ko (2) (a)
Aug 29-Sep 1 Safeway Classic United States Oregon Norway Suzann Pettersen (12)
Sep 12-15 The Evian Championship France France Norway Suzann Pettersen (13)
Oct 3-6 Reignwood LPGA Classic China China China Shanshan Feng (2)
Oct 10-13 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia United States Lexi Thompson (2)
Oct 18-20 LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship South Korea South Korea South Korea Amy Yang (1)
Oct 24-27 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Taiwan Taiwan Norway Suzann Pettersen (14)
Nov 8-10 Mizuno Classic Japan Japan Taiwan Teresa Lu (1)

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