Hikari Fujita Wins 2015 Fujisankei Ladies Classic (JLPGA)

Hikari Fujita (click to enlarge)

 

I’ve watched a lot of of LPGA and JLPGA tournaments this year. So far, I’d label this the year of the playoffs. Perhaps the continued globalization of the women’s game has forced the top players to raise their games to the point where it’s more difficult for one person to lap the field in most events. Whatever the reason, it looked as if the 2015 Fujisankei Ladies Classic was on its way to yet another playoff to determine a winner. Five players went to the 18th hole at 6-under while another player, first round leader Ayaka Matsumori, went there at 7-under…but then bogeyed the hole to drop back into 6-under pack. Heck, there were so many players tied at 6-under it might have needed two threesomes to conduct the playoff. Instead, 20-year old Hikari Fujita was the lone player among those tied at 6-under to birdie the final hole, seizing her first JLPGA victory at 7-under. That makes it back to back weeks with maiden victories as Erika Kikuchi broke through for her first win last week at the KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open. Although the day deservedly goes to Fujita, I feel for Ayaka Matsumori. Like Hikari Fujita, Ayaka is also a young 20-year old player. She was cruising through the first round and a half at 7-under until she bogeyed 3 of the last 4 holes in round 2. But then she stormed back from 4-under to start round 3 to get to 9-under after the 12th hole. Then once again she crumbled down the stretch, bogeying 3 of the last 5 holes. All credit to Hikari Fujita, but Ayaka Matsumori had so many chances to win this event. Nonetheless, Hikari adds her name to a long list of winners at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic that reads like a who’s who of JLPGA history, including Ayako Okamoto, Ai-Yu Tu and Hiroko Kobayashi. 15-time LPGA winner Sally Little won Fujisankei in 1987. Finally, South Korean golf pioneer Ok-Hee Ku won this event in 2002. Ku was the first South Korean player to win an event on the LPGA Tour, the 1988 Standard Register Turquoise Classic. Unfortunately, Ms. Ku is no longer with us, passing away in 2013 from a heart attack at age 56.

 

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1 HIKARI FUJITA (-7)

 

T2 BO-MEE LEE (-6)

 

T2 AYAKA MATSUMORI (-6)

 

T2 JUNKO OMOTE (-6)

 

T2 NA-RI KIM (-6)

 

T2 YUKI ICHINOSE (-6)

 

RANK PLAYER SCORE TOTAL 1R 2R 3R 4R PRIZE
優勝 Hikari Fujita -7 209 71 69 69 ¥14,400,000
2T Bo-Mee Lee -6 210 74 68 68 ¥4,928,000
2T Ayaka Matsumori -6 210 67 73 70 ¥4,928,000
2T Junko Omote -6 210 69 71 70 ¥4,928,000
2T Na-Ri Kim -6 210 73 66 71 ¥4,928,000
2T Yuki Ichinose -6 210 70 67 73 ¥4,928,000
7T Misuzu Narita -5 211 75 70 66 ¥2,056,000
7T Miki Sakai -5 211 71 72 68 ¥2,056,000
7T Soo-Yun Kang -5 211 71 71 69 ¥2,056,000
7T Erina Hara -5 211 69 71 71 ¥2,056,000
7T Tomoko Kanai -5 211 71 69 71 ¥2,056,000
12T Yukari Nishiyama -4 212 69 76 67 ¥1,320,000
12T Shiho Oyama -4 212 76 68 68 ¥1,320,000
12T Teresa Lu -4 212 71 71 70 ¥1,320,000
15T Hee-Kyung Bae -3 213 74 70 69 ¥1,080,000
15T Ji-Hee Lee -3 213 72 70 71 ¥1,080,000
15T Yuko Mitsuka -3 213 70 71 72 ¥1,080,000
18T Ah-Reum Hwang -2 214 72 72 70 ¥840,000
18T Yumiko Yoshida -2 214 75 68 71 ¥840,000
18T Ritsuko Ryu -2 214 75 68 71 ¥840,000
21T Kotone Hori -1 215 75 71 69 ¥712,000
21T Sumika Nakasone -1 215 69 76 70 ¥712,000
21T Rikako Morita -1 215 74 71 70 ¥712,000
21T Ji-Yai Shin -1 215 72 71 72 ¥712,000
21T Erika Kikuchi -1 215 74 69 72 ¥712,000
26T Mi-Jeong Jeon 0 216 68 76 72 ¥632,000
26T Nobuko Kizawa 0 216 72 72 72 ¥632,000
26T Young Kim 0 216 74 69 73 ¥632,000
26T Akane Iijima 0 216 75 68 73 ¥632,000
26T Kumiko Kaneda 0 216 72 70 74 ¥632,000
31T Rie Iwahashi +1 217 75 71 71 ¥568,000
31T Ji-Woo Lee +1 217 75 70 72 ¥568,000
31T Ayaka Watanabe +1 217 70 72 75 ¥568,000
34T Maiko Wakabayashi +2 218 72 74 72 ¥488,000
34T Yoko Maeda +2 218 75 71 72 ¥488,000
34T Rie Tsuji +2 218 76 70 72 ¥488,000
34T Asuka Kashiwabara +2 218 71 74 73 ¥488,000
34T Saiki Fujita +2 218 73 72 73 ¥488,000
34T Hiromi Mogi +2 218 73 71 74 ¥488,000
34T Kaori Yamamoto +2 218 71 71 76 ¥488,000
41T Aya Ezawa +3 219 72 74 73 ¥408,000
41T Yasuko Satoh +3 219 72 74 73 ¥408,000
41T Hiroko Azuma +3 219 74 72 73 ¥408,000
44T Phoebe Yao +4 220 73 72 75 ¥362,666
44T Kaori Ohe +4 220 72 72 76 ¥362,666
44T Yuko Saitoh +4 220 73 71 76 ¥362,666
47T Yukari Baba +5 221 77 69 75 ¥332,000
47T Da-Ye Na +5 221 74 72 75 ¥332,000
47T Chieko Amanuma +5 221 75 71 75 ¥332,000
47T Yumi Takabayashi +5 221 72 73 76 ¥332,000
51 Ai Yamazato +7 223 73 72 78 ¥312,000
52T Riho Yamaguchi +8 224 72 74 78 ¥300,000
52T Saki Nagamine +8 224 73 73 78 ¥300,000
54 Yuko Fukuda +9 225 74 70 81 ¥288,000
55 Akane Saeki +10 226 71 73 82 ¥280,000
以上、予選通過
Yayoi Arasaki +3 147 73 74 ¥0
Rui Kitada +3 147 78 69 ¥0
Nachiyo Ohtani +3 147 74 73 ¥0
Megumi Shimokawa +3 147 75 72 ¥0
Lala Anai +3 147 74 73 ¥0
Shinobu Moromizato +4 148 75 73 ¥0
Aiko Ueno +4 148 72 76 ¥0
Miki Saiki +4 148 76 72 ¥0
Erina Yamato +4 148 77 71 ¥0
Hikari Kawamitsu +4 148 75 73 ¥0
Yun-Jye Wei +4 148 76 72 ¥0
Ji-Min Lee +4 148 77 71 ¥0
Saki Okamura +4 148 75 73 ¥0
Hiroko Fukushima +4 148 75 73 ¥0
Megumi Kido +5 149 75 74 ¥0
Mihoko Iseri +5 149 76 73 ¥0
Airi Saitoh +5 149 74 75 ¥0
Rumi Yoshiba +5 149 76 73 ¥0
Eriko Tanikawa +5 149 74 75 ¥0
O Sattaya +5 149 77 72 ¥0
Na-Ri Lee +5 149 76 73 ¥0
Esther Lee +5 149 75 74 ¥0
@Maria Shinohara +5 149 76 73 ¥0
Aoi Ohnishi +5 149 74 75 ¥0
Eun-Bi Jang +5 149 75 74 ¥0
Miyako Tanaka +6 150 74 76 ¥0
Haruka Kudo +6 150 76 74 ¥0
Natsuka Hori +7 151 73 78 ¥0
@Hina Arakaki +7 151 76 75 ¥0
Saki Takeo +7 151 76 75 ¥0
Mika Nakazono +8 152 75 77 ¥0
Yukiko Nishiki +8 152 76 76 ¥0
Mamiko Higa +8 152 77 75 ¥0
Misaki Hama +8 152 75 77 ¥0
Kotono Kozuma +9 153 77 76 ¥0
Miyuki Takeuchi +9 153 77 76 ¥0
Kuniko Maeda +10 154 77 77 ¥0
Asako Fujimoto +10 154 78 76 ¥0
Kana Taneda +10 154 81 73 ¥0
Yeo-Jin Kang +10 154 78 76 ¥0
@Kana Nagai +12 156 80 76 ¥0
Akari Yamamoto +13 157 83 74 ¥0
Mayu Hattori +14 158 79 79 ¥0
Mina Nakayama +14 158 80 78 ¥0
Serena Aoki +14 158 82 76 ¥0
Kurumi Ohtsu +14 158 82 76 ¥0
Ayano Nitta +14 158 81 77 ¥0
Motomi Aoki +15 159 81 78 ¥0
Asami Kikuchi +16 160 76 84 ¥0
@Nanami Inaba +16 160 82 78 ¥0
棄権 Shiho Toyonaga +5 77 77 ¥0
棄権 Yeon-Ju Jung 0 0 ¥0
棄権 Kurumi Dohi +7 79 79 ¥0
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