Jiyai Shin Wins 2014 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic

Jiyai Shin

See, this is what I was talking about earlier this year with Jiyai Shin. Deciding to play the LPGA of Japan tour (JLPGA), I knew she would, sooner or later, start bringing her Final Round Queen magic to a tour where her Stateside-bound fans would not all be able to fully appreciate her. Jiyai didn’t win this season until June 22nd, but now has 4 wins on the year accumulated in a small period of time. She’s caught fire, that’s for sure. Her 4th win came at the 2014 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mami Fukuda. Fukuda torched the back 9 in round 2 (this is a 3 round event) with 7 birdies over her final 8 holes for a back 9 score of 29. She led going into the final round at 10-under but gave it back with a 4-over 76 in the final round. Not only did she obviously lose the lead, she also fell out of top 10 falling to 12th. Win or lose, I never like to see that happen to a player in the final round. The round of the day was Esther Lee’s 8-under 64 that at one point had her in the lead at 11-under. But Jiyai was not to be denied, with a 5-under 67 which was highlighted by a three birdie in a row turkey on holes 15, 16 and 17. It was good enough for 14-under overall, 1 shot ahead of Na-ri Lee. Anybody familiar with Jiyai Shin shouldn’t be surprised that she’s starting to light up that tour. In addition to being her 4th JLPGA title of the year, it’s also her 9th in her career. Keep in mind that much of her career has been spent on the KLPGA and LPGA tour. If she permanently decides her focus is the JLPGA, look for her keep piling up titles…and look for me to keep lamenting her absence here in the States.

1 JIYAI SHIN (-14)

with Momoka Miura

 

2 NA RI LEE (-13)

 

T3 RUI KITADA (-11)

 

T3 ESTHER LEE (-11)

 

5 NA RI KIM (-9)

 

Position Player ToPar Thru Today 1R 2R 3R
1 Ji-Yai Shin -14 F -5 68 67 67
2 Na-Ri Lee -13 F -6 67 70 66
3T Esther Lee -11 F -8 70 71 64
Rui Kitada -11 F -3 66 70 69
5 Na-Ri Kim -9 F E 67 68 72
6T Sakura Yokomine -8 F -5 70 71 67
Megumi Shimokawa -8 F -3 68 71 69
Yukari Nishiyama -8 F -2 71 67 70
O Sattaya -8 F +1 72 63 73
10T Erika Kikuchi -7 F -6 72 71 66
Misuzu Narita -7 F +1 67 69 73
12T Nana Yamashiro -6 F -3 72 69 69
Mi-Jeong Jeon -6 F -2 70 70 70
Rumi Yoshiba -6 F -1 67 72 71
Momoko Ueda -6 F E 69 69 72
Ji-Min Lee -6 F E 69 69 72
Asako Fujimoto -6 F E 70 68 72
Mami Fukuda -6 F +4 70 64 76
19T Miki Sakai -5 F -4 69 74 68
Miki Saiki -5 F -4 70 73 68
21T Yeon-Ju Jung -4 F -4 73 71 68
Yoko Maeda -4 F -2 71 71 70
Hikari Kawamitsu -4 F -1 71 70 71
Ji-Woo Lee -4 F E 70 70 72
Ai Suzuki -4 F +1 71 68 73
Eun-Bi Jang -4 F +1 71 68 73
27T Lala Anai -3 F -3 71 73 69
Hyun-Ju Shin -3 F -3 72 72 69
Jessica Speechley -3 F -2 75 68 70
Nachiyo Ohtani -3 F -1 69 73 71
Momoka Miura -3 F -1 70 72 71
Yun-Jye Wei -3 F E 71 70 72
Ayaka Watanabe -3 F +1 70 70 73
Airi Saitoh -3 F +1 71 69 73
Da-Ye Na -3 F +1 71 69 73
36T Mihoko Iseri -2 F -1 70 73 71
Hiroko Fukushima -2 F -1 72 71 71
Je-yoon Yang -2 F +1 76 65 73
Yeo-Jin Kang -2 F +1 71 70 73
Kaori Yamamoto -2 F +3 72 67 75
41T Haruka Kudo -1 F -1 75 69 71
Haruka Morita -1 F -1 71 73 71
Rie Tsuji -1 F -1 73 71 71
Kaori Nakamura -1 F E 75 68 72
45T Phoebe Yao E F +1 73 70 73
Junko Omote E F +1 72 71 73
Mamiko Higa E F +2 71 71 74
Akane Iijima E F +2 72 70 74
49T Mikiko Nishi +1 F +1 73 71 73
Haruna Taguchi +1 F +2 70 73 74
Maiko Wakabayashi +1 F +2 72 71 74
52T Hiromi Mogi +2 F +2 71 73 74
Yayoi Arasaki +2 F +2 73 71 74
So-Hee Kim +2 F +3 71 72 75
Ritsuko Ryu +2 F +3 72 71 75
Kurumi Dohi +2 F +4 72 70 76
57 Megumi Yamanaka +3 F +3 72 72 75
58T Keiko Sasaki +4 F +4 73 71 76
Asami Kikuchi +4 F +6 71 71 78
60 Miyari Honda +5 F +5 70 74 77

 

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund (¥) Winner
Mar 7–9 Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament Okinawa 100,000,000 Thailand Onnarin Sattayabanphot (2)
Mar 14–16 Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament PRGR Ladies Cup Kochi 80,000,000 Japan Yuki Ichinose (2)
Mar 21–23 T-Point Ladies Golf Tournament Saga 70,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (7)
Mar 28–30 AXA Ladies Golf Tournament in Miyazaki Miyazaki 80,000,000 Japan Ayaka Watanabe (1)
Apr 3–6 Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi Shizuoka 100,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (14)
Apr 11–13 Studio Alice Women’s Open Hyogo 60,000,000 South Korea Lee Jeong-eun (Esther) (1)
Apr 18–20 KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open Kumamoto 100,000,000 Japan Minami Katsu (a) (1)
Apr 25–27 Fuji Sankei Ladies Classic Shizuoka 80,000,000 Taiwan Phoebe Yao (1)
May 2–4 CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament Chiba 70,000,000 Japan Yuki Ichinose (3)
May 8–11 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup Ibaraki 120,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (3)
May 16–18 Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies Fukuoka 120,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (6)
May 23–25 Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open Aichi 70,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (15)
May 30 – Jun 1 Resort Trust Ladies Hyogo 70,000,000 Taiwan Teresa Lu (2)
Jun 6–8 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament Niigata 60,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (4)
Jun 12–15 Suntory Ladies Open Hyogo 100,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (16)
Jun 20–22 Nichirei Ladies Chiba 80,000,000 South Korea Shin Ji-yai (6)
Jun 26–29 Earth Mondahmin Cup Chiba 140,000,000 Japan Miki Sakai (1)
Jul 4–6 Nichi-Iko Women’s Open Golf Tournament Toyama 60,000,000 South Korea Jung Yeon-ju (1)
Jul 18–20 Samantha Thavasa Girls Collection Ladies Tournament Ibaraki 60,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (5)
Jul 25–27 Century 21 Ladies Golf Tournament Shizuoka 60,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (7)
Aug 8–10 Meiji Cup Hokkaido 90,000,000 South Korea Shin Ji-yai (7)
Aug 15–17 NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament Nagano 70,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (8)
Aug 22–24 CAT Ladies Kanagawa 60,000,000 Japan Momoko Ueda (10)
Aug 29–31 Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament Hokkaido 70,000,000 South Korea Shin Ji-yai (8)
Sep 5–7 Golf 5 Ladies Professional Golf Tournament Gifu 60,000,000 Japan Shiho Oyama (14)
Sep 11–14 Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup Hyogo 140,000,000 Japan Ai Suzuki (1)
Sep 19–21 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic Aichi 80,000,000 South Korea Shin Ji-yai (9)
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