Akane Iijima Wins 2015 T-Point Ladies Golf Tournament (JLPGA)

Akane Iijima (click to enlarge)

Akane Iijima earned her 7th JLPGA career victory, and first in nearly 5 years since the 2010 Golf 5 Ladies, the hard way. Standing on the 14th tee in round 3 (the final round in this event) she sat at even par at the 2015 T-Point Ladies Golf Tournament after a double bogey on 13. That would be top 10 worthy, but not enough for the trophy. It certainly would have been a letdown after starting the day at 3-under and tied for 2nd place overnight. But Akane turned her round around with 3 birdies in the last 5 holes to get back to even par for the round and 3-under for the event. However, 3-under was only good enough to send Iijima into a sudden-death playoff against Mi-Jeong Jeon. Despite being in a title drought since her win at the 2013 Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament PRGR Ladies Cup, MJJ is one of the greatest players in JLPGA history, holding 22 victories. Not only would it be a playoff for the ages, it darn near lasted ages. 1 hour and 47 minutes later, on the 6th playoff hole, Akane Iijima would finally sink a birdie to triumph. With the win, Akane walks away with ¥12,600,000 (about 105K USD). Akane was 9th on the year-end money list back in 2010 when she won her last event. The past few years have been a bit of a letdown, finishing outside the top 40. I suspect with this win, she’ll be closer to the top 10 when all is said and done in 2015. One note before I get to the pictures. It’s Akane’s day to celebrate, but I can’t help but feel for Thailand’s Onnarin Sattayabanphot. She had an overnight lead of 3 shots at 6-under. It’s one thing to not finish a possible victory, but Moo (her nickname) imploded with an 81, dropping from 1st to tied for 18th. She has talked about a lack of confidence before, so I hope she takes away how well she played through the first two rounds, that she’s right in the mix of great players on the JLPGA and has won on tour. I have no doubt the former Purdue Lady Boilermaker will be a winner again in Japan.

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

1 AKANE IIJIMA (-3)

with low amateur Kana Nagai

2 MI-JEONG JEON (-3)

with Nobuko Kizawa

T3 ASAKO FUJIMOTO (-2)

T3 MOMOKO UEDA (-2)

T3 YUKI ICHINOSE (-2)

6 ERIKA KIKUCHI (-1)

LOW AMATEUR

T12 KANA NAGAI (+2)

RANK PLAYER SCORE TOTAL 1R 2R 3R 4R PRIZE
優勝 Akane Iijima -3 213 71 70 72 ¥12,600,000
2 Mi-Jeong Jeon -3 213 74 72 67 ¥6,160,000
3T Asako Fujimoto -2 214 71 74 69 ¥4,200,000
3T Momoko Ueda -2 214 74 69 71 ¥4,200,000
3T Yuki Ichinose -2 214 71 70 73 ¥4,200,000
6 Erika Kikuchi -1 215 72 72 71 ¥2,800,000
7T Yasuko Satoh 0 216 75 73 68 ¥2,275,000
7T Shinobu Moromizato 0 216 75 70 71 ¥2,275,000
9T Saiki Fujita +1 217 70 74 73 ¥1,493,333
9T Soo-Yun Kang +1 217 71 72 74 ¥1,493,333
9T Ritsuko Ryu +1 217 69 72 76 ¥1,493,333
12T Ji-Hee Lee +2 218 70 76 72 ¥1,120,000
12T Teresa Lu +2 218 71 75 72 ¥1,120,000
12T Bo-Mee Lee +2 218 72 74 72 ¥1,120,000
12T @Kana Nagai +2 218 71 73 74 ¥0
12T Yukari Baba +2 218 73 71 74 ¥1,120,000
12T Yuko Saitoh +2 218 74 69 75 ¥1,120,000
18T Jae-Eun Chung +3 219 72 75 72 ¥748,000
18T Ji-Yai Shin +3 219 73 74 72 ¥748,000
18T Hiromi Mogi +3 219 73 75 71 ¥748,000
18T Ha-Neul Kim +3 219 75 74 70 ¥748,000
18T Hikari Fujita +3 219 75 71 73 ¥748,000
18T Natsuka Hori +3 219 66 77 76 ¥748,000
18T O Sattaya +3 219 67 71 81 ¥748,000
25T Serena Aoki +4 220 75 73 72 ¥630,000
25T Yumiko Yoshida +4 220 74 73 73 ¥630,000
25T Kaori Ohe +4 220 75 74 71 ¥630,000
25T @Marina Fukuzaki +4 220 75 70 75 ¥0
29T Rikako Morita +5 221 71 76 74 ¥567,000
29T Nobuko Kizawa +5 221 74 72 75 ¥567,000
29T Kana Taneda +5 221 75 74 72 ¥567,000
29T Yoko Maeda +5 221 71 74 76 ¥567,000
29T Ah-Reum Hwang +5 221 72 77 72 ¥567,000
29T Megumi Kido +5 221 70 73 78 ¥567,000
35T Ji-Woo Lee +6 222 73 74 75 ¥490,000
35T Yukiko Nishiki +6 222 74 75 73 ¥490,000
35T Lala Anai +6 222 73 76 73 ¥490,000
35T Misuzu Narita +6 222 73 72 77 ¥490,000
35T Kumiko Kaneda +6 222 73 70 79 ¥490,000
40T Asami Kikuchi +7 223 72 75 76 ¥420,000
40T Mami Fukuda +7 223 71 77 75 ¥420,000
40T Hiroko Azuma +7 223 71 77 75 ¥420,000
40T Risa Murata +7 223 75 74 74 ¥420,000
40T Erina Hara +7 223 74 71 78 ¥420,000
45T Mikiko Nishi +8 224 73 74 77 ¥357,000
45T Maiko Wakabayashi +8 224 74 73 77 ¥357,000
45T Mamiko Higa +8 224 74 73 77 ¥357,000
45T Mihoko Iseri +8 224 76 73 75 ¥357,000
49T Aya Ezawa +9 225 73 74 78 ¥301,000
49T Rino Kotake +9 225 75 73 77 ¥301,000
49T Da-Ye Na +9 225 77 72 76 ¥301,000
49T Ayaka Matsumori +9 225 73 76 76 ¥301,000
以上、予選通過
Rui Kitada +6 150 75 75 ¥0
Na-Ri Lee +6 150 76 74 ¥0
Young Kim +6 150 75 75 ¥0
Saki Nagamine +6 150 74 76 ¥0
Akane Saeki +6 150 76 74 ¥0
Karen Gondo +6 150 73 77 ¥0
Jia-Yun Li +6 150 76 74 ¥0
Yeon-Ju Jung +6 150 75 75 ¥0
Hee-Kyung Bae +6 150 76 74 ¥0
Kaori Yamamoto +7 151 76 75 ¥0
Kurumi Dohi +7 151 75 76 ¥0
Yuko Mitsuka +7 151 77 74 ¥0
Miki Sakai +7 151 73 78 ¥0
Yun-Jye Wei +7 151 77 74 ¥0
Yeo-Jin Kang +7 151 74 77 ¥0
Saki Takeo +7 151 74 77 ¥0
Yuko Fukuda +8 152 79 73 ¥0
Tomoko Kanai +8 152 77 75 ¥0
Miyako Tanaka +8 152 77 75 ¥0
Haruka Kudo +8 152 79 73 ¥0
Asuka Kashiwabara +8 152 78 74 ¥0
Hiroko Fukushima +8 152 74 78 ¥0
Mina Nakayama +9 153 74 79 ¥0
Eun-Bi Jang +9 153 78 75 ¥0
Yayoi Arasaki +10 154 76 78 ¥0
Aiko Ueno +10 154 74 80 ¥0
Hikari Kawamitsu +10 154 79 75 ¥0
Airi Saitoh +10 154 74 80 ¥0
Akane Yoshino +10 154 75 79 ¥0
Kotone Hori +10 154 74 80 ¥0
Junko Omote +11 155 80 75 ¥0
Ayaka Watanabe +11 155 75 80 ¥0
Eriko Tanikawa +11 155 80 75 ¥0
Xin Wang +11 155 83 72 ¥0
@Kiri Onitsuka +11 155 81 74 ¥0
Yukari Nishiyama +12 156 76 80 ¥0
Makoto Takemura +12 156 79 77 ¥0
Sumika Nakasone +12 156 79 77 ¥0
Aoi Nagata +13 157 78 79 ¥0
Akane Edao +13 157 77 80 ¥0
Nachiyo Ohtani +14 158 78 80 ¥0
Rumi Yoshiba +14 158 79 79 ¥0
Misaki Hama +14 158 79 79 ¥0
Mayu Hattori +15 159 82 77 ¥0
Yoko Ishikawa +15 159 81 78 ¥0
Aoi Ohnishi +15 159 81 78 ¥0
Saki Okamura +15 159 80 79 ¥0
Saya Manabe +19 163 80 83 ¥0
Kurumi Ohtsu +19 163 82 81 ¥0
@Hinano Okawa +19 163 84 79 ¥0
Motomi Aoki +19 163 81 82 ¥0
Erika Kuwahara +23 167 84 83 ¥0
Hiroe Tani +26 170 88 82 ¥0
棄権 Ji-Min Lee +6 78 78 ¥0
棄権 Ai Suzuki +7 79 79 ¥0
棄権 Esther Lee +4 76 76 ¥0

メルセデス・ランキング LPGA Mercedes-Benz Player of the Year Rankings

Ranking Name Total points Results point Number of rounds Number of championships Money
1 Teresa Lu 62 53 9 1 ¥21,920,000
2 Ji-Hee Lee 53 44 9 1 ¥16,760,000
3 Momoko Ueda 53 44 9 0 ¥8,818,000
4 Asako Fujimoto 52 43 9 0 ¥9,638,666
5 Mi-Jeong Jeon 45 36 9 0 ¥10,550,000

MONEY LIST

Ranking Name Money Scoring Average Tournaments Number of rounds
1 Teresa Lu ¥21,920,000 70.0000 3 9R
2 Ji-Hee Lee ¥16,760,000 70.8889 3 9R
3 Akane Iijima ¥13,632,000 72.1429 3 7R
4 Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥10,550,000 70.8889 3 9R
5 Rikako Morita ¥9,871,000 71.5556 3 9R

SCORING AVERAGE

Ranking Name The average stroke Test composite number Number of rounds
1 Teresa Lu 70.0000 3 9R
2 Shiho Oyama 70.5000 2 6R
3 Momoko Ueda 70.5556 3 9R
3 Asako Fujimoto 70.5556 3 9R
5 Ji-Hee Lee 70.8889 3 9R
5 Mi-Jeong Jeon 70.8889 3 9R

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s