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Round 3 - JLPGA team wins the Queens

December 03, 2017.
LPGA of Japan team

The LPGA of Japan team, led by Misuzu Narita, took down the top ranked Korean LPGA Tour team in the Championship Final to win The Queens presented by Kowa for the second time in three years at Miyoshi Country Club in Japan.

The home side dominated on the greens in the foursomes segment of the international team match play competition between the LPGA of Japan, Korean LPGA Tour, Australian Ladies Professional Golf and Ladies European Tours.

The LPGA of Japan won three of four foursomes matches and halved another to cause the biggest upset since the 2015 match. The Korean LPGA Tour team had held a 24-12 lead after the second day’s play, having won eight of their nine singles matches on Saturday, before the scores were reset to zero heading into the last day.

Five of the nine Korean LPGA Tour team members had beaten the South Korean team from the American-based LPGA in the ING Champions Trophy the previous weekend and were highly favoured to win The Queens presented by Kowa for a second time after their dominant performance in 2016.

However, the Japanese fans were thrilled as the anchor match sealed a 1 up victory for the home side over the visitors. The JLPGA Team Captain Narita was promptly tossed into the air by her team mates amid jubilant scenes of singing and chanting as sunshine beamed down on the 18th green.

Final Foursome
JLPGA
7
1
KLPGA
A. Suzuki/M. Ueda
3 & 2
S.W. Bae/J.E. Lee
M. Narita/ M. Higa
2 & 1
J.H. Kim/ H.R. Kim
K. Hori/ R. Ryu
Halved
Halved
J.Y. Ko/ C.Y. Kim
F. Kawagishi/ Y. Nishiyama
1 Up
J.H. Oh/ J.H. Kim

The ALPG Team, led by Karrie Webb, secured third place after the day three foursomes matches against the LET Team, led by Gwladys Nocera.

The Australians won two and a half of the four matches on a score of 5-3, with each match worth two points.

European Solheim Cup star Florentyna Parker and former Order of Merit winner Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa took down Webb and past captain Rachel Hetherington by 5 and 4, but then the tide turned in the Australians’ favour.

Sarah Jane Smith and Sarah Kemp defeated English duo Felicity Johnson and Holly Clyburn and then Stacey Peters and Katherine Kirk won their match against Nocera and Carly Booth.

In a close final match, Hannah Green and Whitney Hillier halved with Annabel Dimmock and Olafia Kristinsdottir in par fours on the difficult 18th and the ALPG secured their best result in three years.

Captain Webb said: “I think we’re all pretty chuffed. We would have loved to have been in the final match but it’s an improvement from the first two years so everyone is pretty excited that we got the job done. It was nice that we won outright with the half on the last. It’s been a really fun week and the pairings worked out really well today. The two wins were our two strongest teams and they went out and got the job done and made it easier for the rest of us. I love the team format and hanging out with the girls. We all support each other throughout the year but our schedules are so different that we don’t get to catch up as a group very often and it’s been a great week.”

Captain Nocera said: “We knew before we came here that the Australian team was probably the best they have had in three years and they were all in form. We knew they were strong and we did our best and I think we had some great pairings. The atmosphere was awesome and I feel bad because I couldn’t give my best today.”

Nocera revealed that she had been discussing her strategy with the 2019 European Solheim Cup Team captain Catriona Matthew and that she would love to continue her involvement in team golf.

“I would really love to do Solheim. I have talked to Beany this week about the pairings because I really trust her. She knows the course and she knows the players. I’m going to talk to her and see. She is the captain and the boss. I would love to do that.”

Third-Place Foursomes
ALPG
5
3
LET
S. Peters/ K. Kirk
3 & 1
G. Nocera/ C. Booth
H. Green/ W. Hillier
Halved
Halved
A. Dimmock/ O. Kristinsdottir
R. Hetherington / K. Webb
5 & 4
F. Parker / L.A. Pace
S.J. Smith / Sarah Kemp
5 & 4
F. Johnson / H. Clyburn

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Round 2 - KLPGA still dominating in Japan

December 02, 2017
KLPGA Team

The Korean LPGA Tour once again asserted their dominance in The Queens presented by Kowa at Miyoshi Country Club in Japan on Saturday.

The KLPGA team won eight of their nine singles matches in the international team event against three other teams from the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour (ALPG), LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) and Ladies European Tour (LET).

With a 24-12 lead over the JLPGA, they will play the home side over four foursome matches in the Championship Final on Sunday. The ALPG and LET will play a further four foursome matches for third place, with 9 and 7 points respectively. All scores will be re-set to zero ahead of the final day.

Korea gained the first two points of singles play on Saturday when Mel Reid withdrew before the start of the match due to back pain.

The team then won a further seven matches before Ai Suzuki, the 2017 JLPGA Order of Merit winner, prevented a total clean sweep by winning the anchor match 1 up against Seon-Woo Bae.

One of the most intriguing matches was played between the LET’s Florentyna Parker and the ALPG Team captain Karrie Webb, who rallied from four down with six to play to halve the match.

The ALPG’s Whitney Hillier produced another halve, along with wins from Stacey Peters, Katherine Kirk and Sarah Kemp.

Holly Clyburn posted the first points of the day on the board for the LET Team with a 3 and 2 victory over the JLPGA’s Momoko Ueda and Felicity Johnson then completed a 2 and 1 win over the Japanese captain, Misuzu Narita, for her second victory from two matches played.

Johnson, on her first trip to Japan, said afterwards: “I always felt confident that I was going to get the team a point today. The Japanese team is a very strong one, so to get a point against them, I’m thrilled.

“Over the last two days I’ve made some birdies at crucial times on the back nine, which I think has swung both matches in our favour, so hopefully I’ll do the same tomorrow.

“I feel very comfortable on the course and it’s in great shape. I think it’s tough to get close to a lot of the pins and you’re relying on pace putting and that’s been working well for me so far.”

Looking ahead to the foursomes matches against the Australians on Sunday, she added: “Hopefully we can put in a better performance than the England cricket team did in the first test (of the Ashes). It shouldn’t be too difficult, I don’t think. We’ll be playing against friends, so it will be a lot of fun out there, but we definitely want that third place tomorrow.”

Fellow Englishwoman Clyburn, who has been paired with Johnson in the last foursomes match of the Third Place Final against Sarah Kemp and Sarah Jane Smith, said: “It was nice to get a quick point on the board. I was one down and won six and seven to go one up and just kept the momentum going. I got two up through nine and turned and burned really. I got three up after 11 and concentrated on trying to finish the match as quickly as possible.”

LET Team captain Gwladys Nocera and counterpart Webb approached the foursomes with the same strategy.
Webb said: “I think we were thinking along the same lines with the pairings because Sarah and Sarah are our strongest pairing out last and Felicity and Holly have been playing really well so I think it will be close.”

Nocera added: “I think it will be tight and I’m happy with the way it looks.”

Singles Match Result

ALPG: 9    LPGA: 24    LET: 7    JLPGA:12

Match 1
JLPGA
LET
F. Kawagishi
6 & 4
L. A. Pace
Match 2
ALPGA
KLPGA
H. Green
6 & 5
J. E. Lee
Match 3
LET
ALPGA
A. Dimmock
2 & 1
S. Peters
Match 4
KLPGA
JLPGA
J. H. Oh
1 Up
L. Anai
Match 5
JLPGA
ALPG
M. Higa
2 & 1
K. Kirk
Match 6
LET
KLPGA
G. Nocera
5 & 4
J. H. Kim
Match 7
JLPGA
LET
M. Ueda
3 & 2
H. Clyburn
Match 8
ALPG
KLPGA
C. Bristow
6 & 5
C. Y. Kim
Match 9
LET
ALPGA
F. Parker
AS
AS
K. Webb

Round 1 - Four-ball clean sweep for KLPGA

December 01, 2017

The Korean LPGA Team made a clean sweep in their four-ball matches at Miyoshi Country Club on Friday to hold a healthy lead after the opening day of The Queens presented by Kowa in Japan.

“Today everyone was in great condition and we came out and posted some superb scores,” Kim said at a press conference afterwards, alongside the other captains representing the Korean, Japanese, Australian and Ladies European Tours.

The top ranked player, world no.19 Jin-Young Ko, from Korea, combined with Ji-Hyun Oh to post a 4 and 3 win over Australian Captain Karrie Webb and Hannah Green in the first of the four matches featuring Korean players.

The Korean captain Ha-Neul Kim and her playing partner Ji-Hyun Kim then won 1 up against the LPGA of Japan Captain Misuzu Narita and Mamiko Higa; Seon-Woo Bae and Jeong-Eun Lee defeated Olafia Kristinsdottir and Carly Booth of the Ladies European Tour and Ji-Hyun Kim and Hae-Rym Kim earned a 3 and 1 victory over Annabel Dimmock and Mel Reid.

Each win is worth two points and a halve is worth one point. The LPGA of Japan team won two and halved one of their four matches, meaning that they have five points, to Korea’s eight.

Captain Narita commented: “It was very windy this morning with difficult pin positions and today we had mixed results, although we all played our best.”

There were Japanese victories for Ritsuko Ryu and Lala Anai and for Yukari Nishiyama, playing with former captain Momoko Ueda, as well as a halve from the last match, featuring the JLPGA Order of Merit winner Ai Suzuki and Fumika Kawagishi, playing against Australians Katherine Kirk and Whitney Hillier, on her 27th birthday.

The halve produced the sole point for the ALPG Team and Webb said afterwards: “It feels good to be in the clubhouse because it was a very cold and windy day and the pins were difficult in those conditions. Out team fought hard and I think we got unlucky to only make a halve. I think our players played better that the result would suggest.”

Felicity Johnson and Lee-Anne Pace defeated Stacey Peters and Cathryn Bristow from the ALPG Team by 2 and 1 to register a victory, worth two points, for Captain Gwladys Nocera’s LET Team.

Johnson chipped in from the back of the 15th green to take the duo two up and they shook hands on the 17th.
Pace said: “We started off slowly and the wind was kind of tricky. They got two up on us because they made a lot of putts, but luckily Flic came in like a storm on the back nine and she saved us.”

Johnson added: “We made some good putts on the back nine and I made a couple of birdies in a row and then chipped in for eagle on 15, which was a big turning point. The wind was swirling, so that fooled us a little bit on the front nine. It was tough to get close to the pins, which were really tucked away.”

Captain Nocera, who rested on Friday, commented: “It was tough. Obviously, we hoped for better results but there were some really good games and it was tight; my players fought until the end. Felicity and Lee-Anne played well against the ALPG and it was a really high level of golf across the board.

“I’m enjoying being a captain. It’s hard to watch, because you want to help everybody and wish you could do more, but I’m asking the others to do their best and I’m doing my best for them.”

There are nine players per team and all 36 in the field will compete in the 18 singles matches, starting at 8.30am on Saturday.

After the second day, the teams will be ranked according to points earned and the first and second placed sides will face each other in the ‘Championship Final’ over four foursomes matches on Sunday, with another four foursomes matches to be played between the third and fourth ranked teams.

Four-ball Match Result

ALPG: 1    KLPGA: 8    LET 2    JLPGA: 5

Match 1
JLPGA
LET
R. Ryu / L. Anai
2 & 1
H. Clyburn / P. Parker
Match 2
ALPG
KLPGA
K. Webb / H. Green
4 & 3
J. H. Oh / J. Y. Ko
Match 3
LET
ALPG
F. Johnson / L. A. Pace
2 & 1
S. Peters / C. Bristow
Match 4
KLPGA
JLPGA
H. N. Kim / J. H. Kim 2
1 Up
M. Narita / M. Higa
Match 5
JLPGA
ALPG
Y. Nishiyama / M. Ueda
1 Up
S. J. Smith / S. Kemp
Match 6
LET
KLPGA
C. Booth / O. Kristinsdottir
4 & 3
S. W. Bae / J. E. Lee
Match 7
KLPGA
LET
H. R. Kim / J. H. Kim
3 & 1
M. Reid / A. Dimmock
Match 8
ALPG
JLPGA
K. Kirk / W. Hiller
Halved
Halved
A. Suzuki / F. Kawagishi

Scores

Day 1

Four-ball Match Result

ALPG: 1    KLPGA: 8    LET 2    JLPGA: 5

Match 1
JLPGA
LET
R. Ryu / L. Anai
2 & 1
H. Clyburn / P. Parker
Match 2
ALPG
KLPGA
K. Webb / H. Green
4 & 3
J. H. Oh / J. Y. Ko
Match 3
LET
ALPG
F. Johnson / L. A. Pace
2 & 1
S. Peters / C. Bristow
Match 4
KLPGA
JLPGA
H. N. Kim / J. H. Kim 2
1 Up
M. Narita / M. Higa
Match 5
JLPGA
ALPG
Y. Nishiyama / M. Ueda
1 Up
S. J. Smith / S. Kemp
Match 6
LET
KLPGA
C. Booth / O. Kristinsdottir
4 & 3
S. W. Bae / J. E. Lee
Match 7
KLPGA
LET
H. R. Kim / J. H. Kim
3 & 1
M. Reid / A. Dimmock
Match 8
ALPG
JLPGA
K. Kirk / W. Hiller
Halved
Halved
A. Suzuki / F. Kawagishi
Day 2

Singles Match Result

ALPG: 9    KLPGA: 24    LET: 7    JLPGA:12

Match 1
JLPGA
LET
F. Kawagishi
6 & 4
L. A. Pace
Match 2
ALPGA
KLPGA
H. Green
6 & 5
J. E. Lee
Match 3
LET
ALPGA
A. Dimmock
2 & 1
S. Peters
Match 4
KLPGA
JLPGA
J. H. Oh
1 Up
L. Anai
Match 5
JLPGA
ALPG
M. Higa
2 & 1
K. Kirk
Match 6
LET
KLPGA
G. Nocera
5 & 4
J. H. Kim
Match 7
JLPGA
LET
M. Ueda
3 & 2
H. Clyburn
Match 8
ALPG
KLPGA
C. Bristow
6 & 5
C. Y. Kim
Match 9
LET
ALPGA
F. Parker
AS
AS
K. Webb
Day 3
Third-Place Foursome
ALPG
5
3
LET
S. Peters/ K. Kirk
3 & 1
G. Nocera/ C. Booth
H. Green/ W. Hillier
Halved
Halved
A. Dimmock/ O. Kristinsdottir
R. Hetherington / K. Webb
5 & 4
F. Parker / L.A. Pace
S.J. Smith / Sarah Kemp
5 & 4
F. Johnson / H. Clyburn
Final Foursome
JLPGA
7
1
KLPGA
A. Suzuki/M. Ueda
3 & 2
S.W. Bae/J.E. Lee
M. Narita/ M. Higa
2 & 1
J.H. Kim/ H.R. Kim
K. Hori/ R. Ryu
Halved
Halved
J.Y. Ko/ C.Y. Kim
F. Kawagishi/ Y. Nishiyama
1 Up
J.H. Oh/ J.H. Kim

 

Preview

DATES: December 01-03
SITE: Miyoshi Country Club, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
PRIZE MONEY: €750,000
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