Hiroko Fukushima Wins 2016 CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament (JLPGA)

Hiroko Fukushima (click to enlarge)

It’s rare that I wouldn’t feel terribly bad for Ha-Neul Kim lipping out a short par putt on a playoff hole to lose a tournament, but perhaps this is one of those times. Hiroko Fukushima won her first ever JLPGA event, the 2016 CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament. I have to applaud her determination, earning her breakthrough victory at 39 years old. The younger sister of JLPGA legend Akiko Fukushima, Hiroko’s best year end money list finish was 68th in 2012. So while I would have loved to see Ha-Neul win again, it was fantastic to see the raw emotions come out for a player who has waited a long time for this moment. Fukushima almost gave this one away. She had a 2 shot lead over the field at 8-under going into the final round. At one point early in the round, she was at 10-under. But over the final 12 holes of regulation play, Hiroko fell apart with 1 birdie, 4 bogeys and 1 double bogey, allowing Kim to chase her down and force a playoff at 5-under. Maybe it’s more accurate to say Fukushima backed up to the field. In the end, she survived on a missed putt that Ha-Neul would normally make. Just this once, I’ll let it go.

 

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1 HIROKO FUKUSHIMA (-5)

with sister, Akiko Fukushima and nephew Kazuki Fukushima

 

2 HA-NEUL KIM (-5)

 

3 BO-MEE LEE (-4)

 

T4 RITSUKO RYU (-3)

 

T4 RIE TSUJI (-3)

 

LEADERBOARD

 

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R TOTAL PRIZE
優勝 Hiroko Fukushima -5 67 69 75 211 ¥12,600,000
2 Ha-Neul Kim -5 72 70 69 211 ¥6,160,000
3 Bo-Mee Lee -4 73 68 71 212 ¥4,900,000
4T Ritsuko Ryu -3 73 71 69 213 ¥3,850,000
4T Rie Tsuji -3 73 71 69 213 ¥3,850,000
6T Erina Hara -2 72 71 71 214 ¥2,625,000
6T Ai Suzuki -2 68 70 76 214 ¥2,625,000
8T Eri Okayama -1 76 67 72 215 ¥1,925,000
8T Hikari Kawamitsu -1 70 72 73 215 ¥1,925,000
10T Serena Aoki 0 72 73 71 216 ¥1,358,000
10T Yumiko Yoshida 0 73 75 68 216 ¥1,358,000
12T Kyoko Furuya +1 72 74 71 217 ¥1,176,000
12T Momoko Ueda +1 74 71 72 217 ¥1,176,000
12T Rui Kitada +1 72 70 75 217 ¥1,176,000
15T Hiromi Mogi +2 75 71 72 218 ¥834,000
15T Hiroko Azuma +2 71 74 73 218 ¥834,000
15T Yasuko Satoh +2 72 73 73 218 ¥834,000
15T Megumi Shimokawa +2 72 74 72 218 ¥834,000
15T Miki Sakai +2 73 72 73 218 ¥834,000
15T Mi-Jeong Jeon +2 77 70 71 218 ¥834,000
15T Asako Fujimoto +2 79 69 70 218 ¥834,000
22T Rumi Yoshiba +3 74 72 73 219 ¥630,000
22T Yukari Nishiyama +3 73 72 74 219 ¥630,000
22T Miyari Honda +3 74 70 75 219 ¥630,000
22T Shoko Sasaki +3 75 69 75 219 ¥630,000
22T @Suzuka Yamaguchi +3 74 70 75 219 ¥0
22T Nobuko Kizawa +3 73 70 76 219 ¥630,000
28T Ayaka Watanabe +4 73 73 74 220 ¥567,000
28T Nachiyo Ohtani +4 71 75 74 220 ¥567,000
28T Erika Kikuchi +4 74 70 76 220 ¥567,000
28T Hee-Kyung Bae +4 72 76 72 220 ¥567,000
32T Saki Nagamine +5 73 72 76 221 ¥497,000
32T Saki Takeo +5 76 69 76 221 ¥497,000
32T Yoko Maeda +5 70 74 77 221 ¥497,000
32T Soo-Yun Kang +5 74 74 73 221 ¥497,000
32T Yukari Baba +5 74 74 73 221 ¥497,000
32T P Chutichai +5 73 69 79 221 ¥497,000
38T Yuko Fukuda +6 74 72 76 222 ¥427,000
38T Kana Mikashima +6 74 73 75 222 ¥427,000
38T Saiki Fujita +6 73 74 75 222 ¥427,000
38T Na-Ri Lee +6 72 76 74 222 ¥427,000
42T Kotone Hori +7 71 75 77 223 ¥371,000
42T Mei Takagi +7 74 74 75 223 ¥371,000
42T Akiho Sato +7 72 76 75 223 ¥371,000
42T Tomoko Kanai +7 72 76 75 223 ¥371,000
46T Maiko Wakabayashi +8 76 70 78 224 ¥315,000
46T Airi Saitoh +8 73 73 78 224 ¥315,000
46T Eimi Koga +8 74 70 80 224 ¥315,000
46T Haruka Morita +8 71 72 81 224 ¥315,000
50 Mami Fukuda +9 71 74 80 225 ¥287,000
51 Misae Yanagisawa +10 75 73 78 226 ¥280,000
52 Kaori Yamamoto +11 72 75 80 227 ¥273,000
53 Ai Yamazato +13 75 71 83 229 ¥266,000

3 thoughts on “Hiroko Fukushima Wins 2016 CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament (JLPGA)

  1. I went to my first LPGA event, the Texas Shootout, and was quite impressed with the ladies. On the first day, I followed Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lang, and In Gee Chun. Really impressed by Chun’s routine and swing..Lexi was all over the place and missed the cut. Hometown girl Gerina Piller crashed bigtime on Sunday as the steadier Jenny Shin won for the first time. BTW there were a few Thai players, including the Jutanugarn sisters, and one with 17 letters in her last name. I saw where the #4 player on the Sumetra tour is Thai, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong. Wow! 20 letters..I thought just the Russian women tennis players like Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova had long names!

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