Nasa Hataoka Wins 2016 Japan Women’s Open

Nasa Hataoka (click to enlarge)

Nasa Hataoka (click to enlarge)

History was made at the 2016 Japan Women’s Open as 17-year old amateur Nasa Hataoka bested an elite field that included Major winners Jiyai Shin and In-Gee Chun finishing in the top 5 to take the title at the third Major of the JLPGA season. Hataoka used a 3-under 68 (par is 71 here) to move to 4-under overall, vaulting from tied for 5th at the start of the day to a 1 shot victory over Kotone Hori. Nasa also bested the feat of another big name in women’s golf as she became the youngest ever winner of the Japan Women’s Open, far surpassing the previous record of Ai Miyazato, who won the 2005 Japan Women’s Open at 20 years old. Mayumi Hirase, then 20 when she won the 1989 Lady Borden Cup (now the JLPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup), was the youngest Major winner in JLPGA history. Until now. No amateur had ever won a JLPGA Major. Again, until now.

Minori Nagano (click to enlarge)

Minori Nagano (click to enlarge)

As impressive as a 17-year old amateur in her third year of high school winning a JLPGA Major is, it could have been even more impressive had 15-year old first year high school student Minori Nagano taken the title. She slept on a 5-under 2 shot lead after round 3. Maybe it was too much pressure for the youngster. Sure, Hataoka is young as well, but at least she has the experience of winning back to back IMG Academy Junior World Championship titles last year and this year at Torrey Pines. Also, it’s probably easier for a teenage amateur to chase the lead rather than hold it overnight, dealing with the nerves and pressure, not to mention all the media attention. Ultimately, Nagano fell apart with a 7-over 78 to fall from 1st to a tie for 10th. She wasn’t even the 2nd leading amateur in the end as Yuna Nishimura slipped into a tie for 6th place. But a tie for 10th at a Major is fantastic for a 15-year old amateur. Hopefully, Nagano will use this experience to grow as a player.

 

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

1 NASA HATAOKA (-4)

with 2015 winner In-Gee Chun

with 2015 winner In-Gee Chun

 

2 KOTONE HORI (-3)

 

3 JIYAI SHIN (-2)

 

T4 IN-GEE CHUN (-1)

 

T4 MEGUMI SHIMOKAWA (-1)

 

LEADERBOARD

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R 4R TOTAL PRIZE
優勝 @Nasa Hataoka -4 70 72 70 68 280 ¥0
2 Kotone Hori -3 70 67 73 71 281 ¥28,000,000
3 Jiyai Shin -2 71 70 70 71 282 ¥15,400,000
4T In-Gee Chun -1 75 72 66 70 283 ¥8,890,000
4T Megumi Shimokawa -1 72 71 69 71 283 ¥8,890,000
6T Ai Suzuki 0 69 72 73 70 284 ¥5,390,000
6T @Yuna Nishimura 0 74 70 70 70 284 ¥0
6T Ji-Hee Lee 0 72 69 71 72 284 ¥5,390,000
9 Mayu Hattori +1 72 70 70 73 285 ¥4,200,000
10T Serena Aoki +2 71 73 72 70 286 ¥2,957,500
10T Erika Kikuchi +2 70 71 74 71 286 ¥2,957,500
10T Na-Ri Lee +2 73 73 68 72 286 ¥2,957,500
10T Chie Arimura +2 70 72 71 73 286 ¥2,957,500
10T @Minori Nagano +2 69 69 70 78 286 ¥0
15T Hiromi Mogi +3 74 68 73 72 287 ¥1,817,200
15T Mi Hyang Lee +3 74 70 71 72 287 ¥1,817,200
15T Yuko Fukuda +3 73 69 72 73 287 ¥1,817,200
15T Akane Iijima +3 76 69 67 75 287 ¥1,817,200
15T Asuka Kashiwabara +3 70 70 70 77 287 ¥1,817,200
20T Ha-Neul Kim +4 72 70 73 73 288 ¥1,435,000
20T Saki Nagamine +4 74 69 72 73 288 ¥1,435,000
22T Misae Yanagisawa +5 70 75 73 71 289 ¥1,269,333
22T Haruka Morita +5 68 76 73 72 289 ¥1,269,333
22T Maiko Wakabayashi +5 71 73 72 73 289 ¥1,269,333
25T @Riri Sadoyama +6 70 75 75 70 290 ¥0
25T Misuzu Narita +6 77 72 69 72 290 ¥1,162,000
25T Megumi Kido +6 70 74 73 73 290 ¥1,162,000
28T @Ayaka Furue +7 74 73 73 71 291 ¥0
28T Shoko Sasaki +7 74 74 71 72 291 ¥1,064,000
28T Mika Miyazato +7 74 71 73 73 291 ¥1,064,000
28T Ritsuko Ryu +7 69 73 75 74 291 ¥1,064,000
28T Hee-Kyung Bae +7 75 70 72 74 291 ¥1,064,000
28T Junko Omote +7 73 73 70 75 291 ¥1,064,000
34T Teresa Lu +8 75 71 74 72 292 ¥952,000
34T Miki Uehara +8 73 73 71 75 292 ¥952,000
34T Kumiko Kaneda +8 73 76 67 76 292 ¥952,000
37T Tomoko Kanai +9 76 73 73 71 293 ¥889,000
37T Yukari Nishiyama +9 73 73 74 73 293 ¥889,000
37T Rie Tsuji +9 72 76 72 73 293 ¥889,000
37T @Rio Ishii +9 74 75 70 74 293 ¥0
37T @Sayaka Takahashi +9 70 73 75 75 293 ¥0
37T Ji-Woo Lee +9 75 69 74 75 293 ¥889,000
43T Shiho Oyama +10 72 75 74 73 294 ¥826,000
43T Kaori Ohe +10 75 72 73 74 294 ¥826,000
43T Hiroko Azuma +10 74 72 73 75 294 ¥826,000
43T Mi-Jeong Jeon +10 72 75 71 76 294 ¥826,000
43T Ayaka Matsumori +10 72 72 68 82 294 ¥826,000
48 Shiho Toyonaga +11 74 71 74 76 295 ¥784,000
49T Eri Okayama +13 73 74 77 73 297 ¥756,000
49T Yasuko Satoh +13 72 76 75 74 297 ¥756,000
49T @Kokone Yoshimoto +13 70 76 76 75 297 ¥0
49T Soo-Yun Kang +13 74 72 74 77 297 ¥756,000
53T Erina Hara +14 75 74 76 73 298 ¥721,000
53T @Yuri Yoshida +14 72 73 76 77 298 ¥0
53T Haruhi Nakao +14 71 74 75 78 298 ¥721,000
56T Rui Kitada +16 74 74 77 75 300 ¥686,000
56T Eri Joma +16 75 74 76 75 300 ¥686,000
56T Miki Sakai +16 75 73 76 76 300 ¥686,000
59 O Sattaya +17 73 74 79 75 301 ¥658,000
60T Yoko Maeda +18 75 73 79 75 302 ¥637,000
60T Ayaka Watanabe +18 71 76 75 80 302 ¥637,000
62T Ayano Yasuda +19 72 76 81 74 303 ¥609,000
62T Rumi Yoshiba +19 73 76 80 74 303 ¥609,000
64 @Shina Kanazawa +21 73 73 79 80 305 ¥0

 

2 thoughts on “Nasa Hataoka Wins 2016 Japan Women’s Open

    • Yes…and Nasa wants to come play in the States…is in the qualifying stages now…we’ll see how she does.

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