Sakura Yokomine Wins 2013 Ito En Ladies Golf Tournament

Sakura Yokomine, 2013 Ito En Ladies Champion

So I wake up this morning…hallelujah…with my body feeling the drain of a busy week and imploring me to stay in bed and sleep a few more hours. Since I don’t always cover the JLPGA, especially non-Major weeks, the odds were in my favor to sleep in. After all, there were 55 players competing in the final round of the 2013 Ito En Ladies Golf Tournament. I like everybody on tour, but there is only one player I would lose sleep over (well, there use to be two, but Chie Arimura is now playing in the States). The odds were 54 to 1 in my favor for sleeping in. Ah, but Ye Old Golf Gods often defy the odds. That 1 player I would happily trade snooze for is Sakura Yokomine, my favorite JLPGA player. For the 4th time in 2013, and the 22nd time in her stellar career, Sakura-sama has emerged victorius on the LPGA of Japan Tour.

Sakura-sama!

With a 4-birdie 4-under 68, Yokomine held off Yumiko Yoshida by 1 shot to win. Of course, I’m thrilled any time Sakura wins, but I do feel a bit for Yumiko. She had a clean 5 birdie round going through 16, looking to either force a playoff at 10-under overall or win with a late birdie or better. Instead, she bogeyed the par 3 17th while settling for par on 18 to fall short of Sakura. Da-Ye Na, who won Meiji Cup back in August, also had a chance to tie Yokomine. Da-Ye was brilliant with 8 birdies through the first 17 holes to put herself at 9-under with one hole to play. She needed a birdie. She scored a bogey. Instead of a playoff with Sakura, Da-Ye finished 2 shots back. Same story with Shiho Oyama. She was at 9-under needing a birdie on 18 for a playoff. Again, a bogey is what she settled for. Apparently Ye Old Golf Gods had a soft spot in their hearts for Sakura on this day. It’s best to enjoy it. On other days, Ye Old Golf Gods can be a cruel and vexing lot. Both Sakura Yokomine and Yumiko Yoshida had been tied with Rikako Morita for the 2013 JLPGA lead in victories with 3 each. Sakura now moves to the lead with her 4th win of the year. She also takes over the Player of the Year point lead and money list lead from Rikako with 2 events left. One of those events is a Major, the Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup, so there is still drama to unfold. But for now…yaaawwwnn…it’s time for more sleep. Here are few photos to delight you while visions of holes in one and chip-in eagles dance in my head…zzzzzzzzzzzz…

SAKURA YOKOMINE

SHIHO OYAMA

YUMIKO YOSHIDA

YURI FUDOH

AKANE YOSHINO

AYAKA WATANABE

MAYU HOSAKA

MIKI SAIKI

NA-RI KIM

RIKAKO MORITA

Position Player ToPar Thru Today 1R 2R 3R
1 Sakura Yokomine -10 F -4 70 68 68
2 Yumiko Yoshida -9 F -4 69 70 68
3T Da-Ye Na -8 F -7 70 73 65
Mayu Hattori -8 F -3 69 70 69
Na-Ri Kim -8 F -2 67 71 70
Shiho Oyama -8 F -1 69 68 71
7T Yayoi Arasaki -7 F -3 68 72 69
Kumiko Kaneda -7 F -2 67 72 70
Ayaka Watanabe -7 F E 69 68 72
10T Rikako Morita -6 F -3 69 72 69
Phoebe Yao -6 F -1 70 69 71
12T Miki Sakai -5 F -4 72 71 68
Akane Yoshino -5 F +1 65 73 73
14T Kaori Nakamura -3 *F -3 73 71 69
Sun-Ju Ahn -3 F -2 70 73 70
Ji-Hee Lee -3 F -2 72 71 70
Ritsuko Ryu -3 *F -4 73 72 68
Mamiko Higa -3 F -1 73 69 71
Mayu Hosaka -3 F E 69 72 72
Miki Saiki -3 F +4 69 68 76
21T Kaori Ohe -2 F -2 72 72 70
Teresa Lu -2 F -1 75 68 71
Sae Yamamura -2 *F -2 74 70 70
Junko Omote -2 F -1 74 69 71
Harukyo Nomura -2 F E 74 68 72
Soo-Yun Kang -2 F +1 68 73 73
Eun-Bi Jang -2 F +1 69 72 73
Yukari Baba -2 F +2 71 69 74
Kaori Aoyama -2 F +3 69 70 75
30T Young Kim -1 *F -1 70 74 71
Yuki Sakurai -1 *F -2 70 75 70
Maiko Wakabayashi -1 F +3 70 70 75
Rui Kitada -1 F +3 70 70 75
34T Yuri Fudoh E *F E 72 72 72
Risa Ogusu E F E 71 73 72
Ayako Uehara E *F -1 74 71 71
Tomoko Kusakabe E F +4 70 70 76
38T Esther Lee +1 F +1 72 72 73
Hiroko Fukushima +1 F +3 70 72 75
Ji-Min Lee +1 F +3 70 72 75
O.Sattaya +1 *F E 75 70 72
Na-Ri Lee +1 *F E 75 70 72
Erina Hara +1 *F E 68 77 72
Mihoko Iseri +1 F +5 68 72 77
45T Akane Iijima +2 *F +2 71 73 74
Megumi Kido +2 *F +2 74 70 74
Yuki Ichinose +2 F +4 69 73 76
48T Yeo-Jin Kang +3 *F +3 71 73 75
Shoko Sasaki +3 *F +2 68 77 74
50T Aoi Nagata +4 F +5 74 69 77
Mi-Jeong Jeon +4 *F +4 70 74 76
52T Hyun-Ju Shin +5 *F +5 71 73 77
Yuko Saitoh +5 *F +5 71 73 77
Saki Okamura +5 *F +4 72 73 76
Lala Anai +5 *F +4 67 78 76

2013 JLPGA WINNERS (Numbers in parentheses are official 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)
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)
Nov 15–17 Ito En Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Chiba 90,000,000 Japan Sakura Yokomine (22)

2013 JLPGA MONEY LIST THROUGH ITO EN LADIES

Ranking Name Amount Average Matches Rounds
1 Sakura Yokomine ¥119,007,638 70.5114 31 96R
2 Rikako Morita ¥107,315,049 71.0400 33 100R
3 Yumiko Yoshida ¥85,404,900 71.2284 33 97R
4 Miki Saiki ¥83,102,496 71.0759 28 80R
5 Teresa Lu ¥79,323,600 70.9536 29 85R
6 Sun-Ju Ahn ¥79,319,680 70.3494 25 75R
7 Mamiko Higa ¥72,605,413 71.9035 32 93R
8 Bo Mee Lee ¥70,337,099 70.7467 25 75R
9 Natsuka Hori ¥64,740,644 72.2523 34 95R
10 Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥61,150,899 71.3333 26 78R

2013 JLPGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR THROUGH ITO EN LADIES

Ranking Name Total
points
Grade
point
Round
number
Wins Earnings
1 Sakura Yokomine 499.5pt 403.5pt 96.0pt  4
2 Rikako Morita 456.0pt 356.0pt 100.0pt  3
3 Yumiko Yoshida 408.5pt 311.5pt 97.0pt  3
4 Teresa Lu 390.0pt 305.0pt 85.0pt  1
5 Sun-Ju Ahn 389.5pt 314.5pt 75.0pt  2
6 Bo Mee Lee 384.0pt 309.0pt 75.0pt  2
7 Miki Saiki 377.5pt 297.5pt 80.0pt  2
8 Na Ri Lee 329.5pt 237.5pt 92.0pt  2
9 Mamiko Higa 325.0pt 232.0pt 93.0pt  2
10 Ritsuko Ryu 323.5pt 227.5pt 96.0pt
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