Teresa Lu Wins 2015 Resort Trust Ladies (JLPGA), Defends 2014 Title

Teresa Lu (click to enlarge)

For an avid LPGA fan like myself, the JLPGA’s 2015 Resort Trust Ladies top finishers were a tip of the hat to some familiar names. Soo-Yun Kang, winner of the LPGA’s 2005 Safeway Classic, had by far her best tournament of the season. It wasn’t just that she finished tied for 4th. She’s had a few other top 10s. What was most impressive was her overall play, bettering her best score of the season coming in (5-under) by 100% (10-under) with a sensational 11 birdies and a lone bogey. At 39, Kangsy appears to still have it in her if she wants to continue playing for years to come. Another familiar name, Jiyai Shin, finished in solo 2nd at 13-under. The 11-time LPGA winner (including 2 Majors) is also a 10-time JLPGA winner. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, I wish Jiyai were still playing in the States. But if she’s happy, then I’m happy for her. It appeared Jiyai was on her way to JLPGA win number 11 at 13-under. But the winner, former LPGA player Teresa Lu, who played in the final group with Yukari Nishiyama and overnight leader Kaori Ohe, would vault from 12-under after 16 to 14-under with two clutch birdies on 17 and 18.  I give Jiyai a lot of credit. She actually gave genuine applause sitting in and watching Teresa stick her approach on 18 two feet from the hole for a birdie attempt that would eliminate Jiyai from a possible playoff. In winning, Lu successfully defends the title she won here last year. For her victory, she earned 14.4 million yen (around 116,000 USD), which has Teresa in 2nd place at the moment on the JLPGA money list at 52.036 million yen (around 419,000 USD). It’s Lu’s 2nd JLPGA victory this season and 6th of her career. Gongxi ni, Lu Xiaoqing!

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1 TERESA LU (-14)

2 JIYAI SHIN (-13)

3 YUMIKO YOSHIDA (-12)

T4 SOO-YUN KANG (-10)

T4 YUKO MITSUKA (-10)

T4 KAORI OHE (-10)

RANK PLAYER SCORE TOTAL 1R 2R 3R 4R PRIZE
Victory Teresa Lu -14 202 68 67 67 ¥ 14,400,000
Two Ji-Yai Shin -13 203 68 68 67 ¥ 7,200,000
Three Yumiko Yoshida -12 204 68 71 65 ¥ 5,600,000
4T Soo-Yun Kang -10 206 68 68 70 ¥ 4,000,000
4T Yuko Mitsuka -10 206 71 65 70 ¥ 4,000,000
4T Kaori Ohe -10 206 69 65 72 ¥ 4,000,000
7T Ai Suzuki -8 208 71 71 66 ¥ 2,200,000
7T Ayaka Matsumori -8 208 71 71 66 ¥ 2,200,000
7T Rumi Yoshiba -8 208 70 68 70 ¥ 2,200,000
7T Hikari Kawamitsu -8 208 71 67 70 ¥ 2,200,000
11T Kumiko Kaneda -7 209 71 69 69 ¥ 1,408,000
11T Na-Ri Lee -7 209 71 69 69 ¥ 1,408,000
11T Minami Katsu -7 209 68 74 67 ¥ 0
11T Na-Ri Kim -7 209 69 68 72 ¥ 1,408,000
11T Erina Hara -7 209 68 68 73 ¥ 1,408,000
16T Kotono Kozuma -6 210 68 72 70 ¥ 1,168,000
16T Shiho Toyonaga -6 210 71 68 71 ¥ 1,168,000
18T Nana Yamashiro -5 211 69 72 70 ¥ 880,000
18T Da-Ye Na -5 211 72 68 71 ¥ 880,000
18T Saiki Fujita -5 211 70 69 72 ¥ 880,000
18T Miki Sakai -5 211 68 70 73 ¥ 880,000
18T Jae-Eun Chung -5 211 67 69 75 ¥ 880,000
18T Yukari Nishiyama -5 211 71 65 75 ¥ 880,000
24T Suzuka Yamaguchi -4 212 72 68 72 ¥ 0
24T Ayaka Watanabe -4 212 68 71 73 ¥ 760,000
26T Erina Yamato -3 213 72 70 71 ¥ 736,000
26T Ikue Asama -3 213 72 68 73 ¥ 736,000
28T Akiko Fukushima -2 214 69 72 73 ¥ 627,636
28T Eun-Bi Jang -2 214 71 71 72 ¥ 627,636
28T P Chutichai -2 214 71 69 74 ¥ 627,636
28T Nachiyo Ohtani -2 214 70 72 72 ¥ 627,636
28T Yoko Maeda -2 214 68 71 75 ¥ 627,636
28T Hiromi Mogi -2 214 72 71 71 ¥ 627,636
28T Hiroko Fukushima -2 214 75 64 75 ¥ 627,636
28T Serena Aoki -2 214 70 69 75 ¥ 627,636
28T Shiho Oyama -2 214 73 70 71 ¥ 627,636
28T Megumi Kido -2 214 70 73 71 ¥ 627,636
28T Mi-Jeong Jeon -2 214 70 68 76 ¥ 627,636
39T Yuki Ichinose -1 215 68 73 74 ¥ 504,000
39T Asako Fujimoto -1 215 72 71 72 ¥ 504,000
39T Junko Omote -1 215 72 71 72 ¥ 504,000
39T Aiko Ueno -1 215 73 70 72 ¥ 504,000
43T Asuka Kashiwabara 0 216 72 68 76 ¥ 432,000
43T Yukari Baba 0 216 70 72 74 ¥ 432,000
43T Megumi Shimokawa 0 216 69 73 74 ¥ 432,000
43T Akane Yoshino 0 216 72 71 73 ¥ 432,000
43T Tomoko Nishi 0 216 73 70 73 ¥ 0
43T Hiroko Azuma 0 216 70 69 77 ¥ 432,000
49T Yeon-Ju Jung +1 217 67 74 76 ¥ 368,000
49T Natsuka Hori +1 217 70 70 77 ¥ 368,000
49T Yuko Saitoh +1 217 72 68 77 ¥ 368,000
52 Erika Kikuchi +2 218 71 72 75 ¥ 336,000
Or more, qualifying
Rui Kitada 0 144 70 74 ¥ 0
Maiko Wakabayashi 0 144 72 72 ¥ 0
Mami Fukuda 0 144 72 72 ¥ 0
Kotone Hori 0 144 73 71 ¥ 0
Yasuko Satoh +1 145 73 72 ¥ 0
Miyako Tanaka +1 145 70 75 ¥ 0
Mina Nakayama +1 145 70 75 ¥ 0
Mihoko Iseri +1 145 70 75 ¥ 0
Haruka Kudo +1 145 70 75 ¥ 0
Yun-Jye Wei +1 145 73 72 ¥ 0
Ah-Reum Hwang +1 145 71 74 ¥ 0
Yeo-Jin Kang +1 145 73 72 ¥ 0
Kaori Yamamoto +2 146 73 73 ¥ 0
Kurumi Dohi +2 146 73 73 ¥ 0
Satsuki Oshiro +2 146 75 71 ¥ 0
Eriko Sonoda +2 146 73 73 ¥ 0
Mamiko Higa +2 146 74 72 ¥ 0
Kana Nagai +2 146 76 70 ¥ 0
Motomi Aoki +2 146 75 71 ¥ 0
Yayoi Arasaki +3 147 72 75 ¥ 0
Shinobu Moromizato +3 147 74 73 ¥ 0
Yuko Fukuda +3 147 71 76 ¥ 0
Tomoko Kanai +3 147 76 71 ¥ 0
Rikako Morita +3 147 77 70 ¥ 0
Ji-Woo Lee +3 147 78 69 ¥ 0
Saki Nagamine +3 147 73 74 ¥ 0
Aoi Ohnishi +3 147 74 73 ¥ 0
Kana Taneda +3 147 73 74 ¥ 0
Rikako Sakashita +3 147 75 72 ¥ 0
Kazue Tanaka +4 148 72 76 ¥ 0
Mayu Hattori +4 148 77 71 ¥ 0
Yoko Ishikawa +4 148 74 74 ¥ 0
Wakana Osada +4 148 72 76 ¥ 0
Sae Yamamura +4 148 74 74 ¥ 0
Aya Ezawa +4 148 74 74 ¥ 0
Akane Saeki +4 148 78 70 ¥ 0
Miho Mori +4 148 75 73 ¥ 0
Nobuko Kizawa +5 149 72 77 ¥ 0
Airi Saitoh +5 149 75 74 ¥ 0
Esther Lee +5 149 72 77 ¥ 0
Emi Sato +5 149 72 77 ¥ 0
Xin Wang +5 149 76 73 ¥ 0
Natsu Nagai +6 150 73 77 ¥ 0
Miki Uehara +6 150 77 73 ¥ 0
Erika Kuwahara +6 150 73 77 ¥ 0
Misaki Hama +6 150 80 70 ¥ 0
Eika Ohtake +7 151 77 74 ¥ 0
Julia Kurata +7 151 76 75 ¥ 0
Mayumi Shimomura +8 152 74 78 ¥ 0
Kurumi Ohtsu +12 156 77 79 ¥ 0
Asami Kikuchi +13 157 79 78 ¥ 0
Kino Takahashi +13 157 80 77 ¥ 0
Rieko Sakashita +13 157 78 79 ¥ 0
Ai Tanaka +14 158 79 79 ¥ 0
Jumi Shimomura +22 166 87 79 ¥ 0
Abstention Young Kim +5 77 77
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