Junko Omote Wins 2015 Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Women’s Open (JLPGA)

Junko Omote (click to enlarge)

I admit that I very nearly didn’t cover this event. With a few big names missing and the Japan Women’s Open, the third Major of the JLPGA season, coming up next week, my gaze was already fixed to the future. However, I’m glad I didn’t skip the the 2015 Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Women’s Open. It’s great to see a player like Junko Omote come through with a sensational three days of play that saw her drop in 13 birdies against only 2 bogeys to take the title at 11-under, 3 shots clear of Shiho Oyama. It’s Junko’s first of win of the season and her first win since 2013’s Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament. Her two other titles were won back in 2005, when she finished 6th on the JLPGA money list. It has not been as good for her since then. She struggled for a handful of years after 2005. The last three seasons have been an improvement. In fact, her scoring average in 2013 and 2014 was better than her average was in 2005. The problem is that the competition has also improved from rising players in Japan and those who have come to the JLPGA from South Korea, like Bo-Mee Lee and Sun-Ju Ahn. So while Junko’s play is in line with what it was statistically in 2005, it’s not enough for the top 10 or 15 these days. But nonetheless, that doesn’t matter today. What matters now is she played very well this weekend, besting the field at the Rifu Golf Club. If she’s going have a time to start playing hot, this is a good time with the Japan Women’s Open up next.

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1 JUNKO OMOTE (-11)

with Maiko Wakabayashi, Rikako Morita, Kaori Aoyama, Hiroki Omote and Mihoko Iseri

with low amateur, Minami Katsu

2 SHIHO OYAMA (-8)

3 LALA ANAI (-7)

T4 MAYU HATTORI (-5)

T4 YEO-JIN KANG (-5)

A FEW OTHER NOTABLES:

T6 MINAMI KATSU, low amateur (-4)

T6 RUI KITADA (-4)

T9 ERIKA KIKUCHI (-3)

T14 MOMOKO UEDA (-2)

T14 RIKAKO MORITA (-2)

RANK PLAYER SCORE TOTAL 1R 2R 3R 4R PRIZE
優勝 Junko Omote -11 205 67 68 70 ¥12,600,000
2 Shiho Oyama -8 208 72 63 73 ¥6,300,000
3 Lala Anai -7 209 71 68 70 ¥4,900,000
4T Yeo-Jin Kang -5 211 72 70 69 ¥3,850,000
4T Mayu Hattori -5 211 70 71 70 ¥3,850,000
6T Ai Suzuki -4 212 72 72 68 ¥2,625,000
6T Rui Kitada -4 212 72 69 71 ¥2,625,000
6T @Minami Katsu -4 212 71 67 74 ¥0
9T Megumi Shimokawa -3 213 72 72 69 ¥1,570,800
9T Erika Kikuchi -3 213 73 71 69 ¥1,570,800
9T Na-Ri Lee -3 213 70 73 70 ¥1,570,800
9T Ayaka Matsumori -3 213 72 71 70 ¥1,570,800
9T Erina Hara -3 213 72 69 72 ¥1,570,800
14T @Minami Hiruta -2 214 70 73 71 ¥0
14T Rikako Morita -2 214 72 71 71 ¥1,092,000
14T Momoko Ueda -2 214 75 68 71 ¥1,092,000
14T Saki Nagamine -2 214 71 71 72 ¥1,092,000
14T O Sattaya -2 214 70 71 73 ¥1,092,000
19T Yuko Mitsuka -1 215 71 75 69 ¥812,000
19T Miki Sakai -1 215 73 71 71 ¥812,000
19T Ayaka Watanabe -1 215 72 75 68 ¥812,000
19T Airi Saitoh -1 215 74 67 74 ¥812,000
23T Misuzu Narita 0 216 71 74 71 ¥679,000
23T Rumi Yoshiba 0 216 72 73 71 ¥679,000
23T Hee-Kyung Bae 0 216 70 73 73 ¥679,000
26T Eun-Bi Jang +1 217 72 73 72 ¥623,000
26T Miki Uehara +1 217 72 73 72 ¥623,000
26T Yoko Maeda +1 217 71 73 73 ¥623,000
26T Da-Ye Na +1 217 73 74 70 ¥623,000
26T Nachiyo Ohtani +1 217 75 68 74 ¥623,000
31T Yukari Nishiyama +2 218 70 76 72 ¥574,000
31T Kumiko Kaneda +2 218 73 72 73 ¥574,000
33T Kaori Ohe +3 219 75 71 73 ¥525,000
33T Kaori Yamamoto +3 219 72 74 73 ¥525,000
33T Shinobu Moromizato +3 219 73 72 74 ¥525,000
33T Kotone Hori +3 219 74 73 72 ¥525,000
37T Hiroko Fukushima +4 220 73 73 74 ¥469,000
37T Ah-Reum Hwang +4 220 72 73 75 ¥469,000
37T Mihoko Iseri +4 220 73 74 73 ¥469,000
37T Esther Lee +4 220 72 75 73 ¥469,000
41T Yumi Sasahara +5 221 73 73 75 ¥420,000
41T Miho Mori +5 221 71 74 76 ¥420,000
41T Ji-Woo Lee +5 221 72 73 76 ¥420,000
44T Akane Saeki +6 222 72 74 76 ¥385,000
44T Yukari Baba +6 222 72 75 75 ¥385,000
46T Hikari Kawamitsu +7 223 75 71 77 ¥343,000
46T Kaori Aoyama +7 223 74 73 76 ¥343,000
46T Rika Inoue +7 223 73 74 76 ¥343,000
46T Ayano Nitta +7 223 71 76 76 ¥343,000
50 Maiko Wakabayashi +9 225 75 72 78 ¥308,000
51 Shiori Ehara +11 227 70 76 81 ¥294,000

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