Ha-Neul Kim Wins 2015 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic (JLPGA)

Ha-Neul Kim (click to enlarge)

I’ve loved following the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) for a long time now. The players, the high quality of competition, the way the crowds support women’s golf in Japan…it is all terrific. However, if there is one itsy bitsy teeny tiny Lilliputian thing that I don’t care for it’s that I am also a Seoul Sisters fan. That is to say, I am a fan of Korean women’s golfers. I particularly love to see the best of them come to the United States to play on the LPGA. That is certainly still happening with recent ace players like Hyo-Joo Kim and Sei Young Kim, among others, joining established superstars like So Yeon Ryu and world #1 Inbee Park. However, with the impressive prize money on the JLPGA, some recent stars of the LPGA of Korea (KLPGA) have chosen to stay closer to home and ply their trade in Japan. Sun Ju Ahn, former KLPGA money list winner Bo-Mee Lee and now former 2-time KLPGA money list winner Ha-Neul Kim. And I’m not even counting Jiyai Shin, who was in the States for many years before going back to Asia to play in Japan full time.

Ha-Neul Kim with Jae-Eun Chung and Hee-Kyung Bae (click to enlarge)

8-time KLPGA titleist Ha-Neul Kim claimed her first JLPGA victory at the 2015 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic. The Smile Queen fired a 4-under 68 to finish at 11-under overall, holding off Ayaka Matsumori and the aforementioned Jiyai Shin. Only Kim and Shin shot in the 60s all three rounds. Ha-Neul is a top-tier player, but she hadn’t quite made much of a splash on the JLPGA until she finished 5th at the Konica Minolta Cup, a JLPGA Major, last week. Pairing that result with this win, look for her confidence to soar. She is “only” 25th on the JLPGA money list in 2015, so it’s might be a little late to make a run to the top this year, unless she makes noise at the final two JLPGA Majors. But she is laying the foundation for a great 2016 JLPGA season.

 

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

1 HA-NEUL KIM (-12)

with Jae-Eun Chung

with low amateur Minami Katsu

 

T2 Ayaka Matsumori (-11)

 

T2 JIYAI SHIN (-11)

 

T4 SAKURA YOKOMINE (-10)

 

T4 MIKI SAKAI (-10)

 

RANK PLAYER SCORE TOTAL 1R 2R 3R 4R PRIZE
優勝 Ha-Neul Kim -12 204 69 67 68 ¥14,400,000
2T Ayaka Matsumori -11 205 66 72 67 ¥6,400,000
2T Ji-Yai Shin -11 205 68 69 68 ¥6,400,000
4T Sakura Yokomine -10 206 71 67 68 ¥4,400,000
4T Miki Sakai -10 206 69 67 70 ¥4,400,000
6T Shiho Oyama -9 207 70 69 68 ¥3,000,000
6T Sun-Ju Ahn -9 207 69 68 70 ¥3,000,000
8T Momoko Ueda -8 208 70 72 66 ¥2,200,000
8T Hee-Kyung Bae -8 208 68 73 67 ¥2,200,000
10T Serena Aoki -7 209 71 71 67 ¥1,564,000
10T Airi Saitoh -7 209 71 69 69 ¥1,564,000
12T Yoko Maeda -6 210 70 71 69 ¥1,328,000
12T Soo-Yun Kang -6 210 70 70 70 ¥1,328,000
12T Rikako Morita -6 210 68 71 71 ¥1,328,000
12T @Minami Katsu -6 210 68 71 71 ¥0
12T Megumi Kido -6 210 68 69 73 ¥1,328,000
17T Miki Uehara -5 211 75 67 69 ¥1,008,000
17T Mayu Hattori -5 211 72 70 69 ¥1,008,000
17T Bo-Mee Lee -5 211 72 70 69 ¥1,008,000
17T Rui Kitada -5 211 70 69 72 ¥1,008,000
21T Lala Anai -4 212 70 72 70 ¥768,000
21T Young Kim -4 212 70 71 71 ¥768,000
21T Maiko Wakabayashi -4 212 67 73 72 ¥768,000
21T Jae-Eun Chung -4 212 71 69 72 ¥768,000
21T Shinobu Moromizato -4 212 70 69 73 ¥768,000
21T Saki Nagamine -4 212 71 68 73 ¥768,000
27T Ayaka Watanabe -3 213 72 72 69 ¥688,000
27T Ai Suzuki -3 213 70 73 70 ¥688,000
27T Junko Omote -3 213 71 71 71 ¥688,000
27T Asako Fujimoto -3 213 69 70 74 ¥688,000
31T Hikari Fujita -2 214 70 72 72 ¥626,666
31T Phoebe Yao -2 214 71 71 72 ¥626,666
31T Yumiko Yoshida -2 214 72 70 72 ¥626,666
34T Yasuko Satoh -1 215 71 72 72 ¥560,000
34T Kaori Yamamoto -1 215 72 71 72 ¥560,000
34T Ritsuko Ryu -1 215 69 73 73 ¥560,000
34T Haruka Kudo -1 215 70 72 73 ¥560,000
34T Ah-Reum Hwang -1 215 72 69 74 ¥560,000
39T Kaori Ohe 0 216 68 76 72 ¥480,000
39T Mi-Jeong Jeon 0 216 74 69 73 ¥480,000
39T Mami Fukuda 0 216 71 72 73 ¥480,000
39T Mika Miyazato 0 216 71 71 74 ¥480,000
39T Saiki Fujita 0 216 70 71 75 ¥480,000
44T Hiroko Azuma +1 217 72 72 73 ¥408,000
44T Yukari Nishiyama +1 217 70 73 74 ¥408,000
44T Aya Ezawa +1 217 71 71 75 ¥408,000
44T Kumiko Kaneda +1 217 70 71 76 ¥408,000
48T Sakura Kito +2 218 71 73 74 ¥360,000
48T Hiromi Mogi +2 218 71 73 74 ¥360,000
50 Na-Ri Lee +3 219 72 71 76 ¥336,000

 

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