Friday, November 06, 2015

 Stanford and O'Toole lead opening round of  Toto Japan Classic

On a beautiful day where scoring conditions were ideal, Ryann O’Toole and Angela Stanford share the lead at 7-under, 65, following the opening round of the TOTO JAPAN CLASSIC at Kintestsu Kashikojima Country Club.
“I struck the ball really well and I also putted very well,” O’Toole said. “The putts that I missed were the ones that I misread so I was rolling it really well. It was just one of those days where you point, aim and shoot.”
O’Toole had an eventful day with seven birdies, two bogeys and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 fourth.
“I had an eagle on 4, 108 yards with a gap wedge from the rough,” O’Toole explained. “I played for it to release and it went in so that was a really good eagle. I just felt like I played steady and that I could swing away with no problem.”
Stanford was able to ride a hot putter to her share of the lead.
“My putter was hot,” Stanford said. “I think I had 24 total putts and that’s pretty close to a career-low. I was reading the putts really well. I was seeing the line better than I have all year so I was very confident about the reads.”

While Stanford was a key part of the American victory at the Solheim Cup her 2015 season hasn’t played out as she would have liked and she is hoping to change that with a victory this weekend.
“I’m excited,” Stanford said of being in contention. “I haven’t been in this position much this year. It’s fun to go out and make birdies. I’m excited for the next two days.”

Chasing the duo down will be a group of five players - Ai Suzuki, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin and Ha-Neul Kim - at 6-under as well as past LPGA winners Yani Tseng, Jiyai Shin, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson who all sit two back at 5-under.

PAR 72
Pos Name 1 . .
T1 Ryann O'Toole 65
T1 Angela Stanford 65
T3 Ha-Neul Kim 66 
T3 Mi Jeong Jeon 66  
T3 Ilhee Lee 66
T3 Jenny Shin 66
T3 Ai Suzuki 66
T8 Stacy Lewis 67
T8 Caroline Masson 67
T8 Lexi Thompson 67
T8 Ji Hee Lee 67
T8 Pornanong Phatlum 67
T8 Jiyai Shin 67
T8 Alena Sharp 67
T8 Yani Tseng 67
T16 Yukari Nishiyama 68
T16 Sun Ju Ahn 68
T16 Misuzu Narita 68
T16 Maiko Wakabayashi 68
T20 Bo-Mee Lee 69
T20 Ha Na Jang 69
T20 Kim Kaufman 69
T20 Hyo-Joo Kim 69
T20 Sandra Gal 69
T20 Eun-Hee Ji 69
T20 Mirim Lee 69
T20 Erina Hara 69
T20 Yoko Maeda 69
T20 Miki Sakai 69
T20 Wei-Ling Hsu 69
T20 Min Lee 69
T32 Candie Kung 70
T32 Teresa Lu 70
T32 Rikako Morita 70
T32 Haru Nomura 70
T32 Kaori Ohe 70
T32 Ritsuko Ryu 70
T32 Hee Kyung Bae 70
T32 Chella Choi 70
T32 Danielle Kang 70 .
T32 Christina Kim 70
T32 Mika Miyazato 70
T32 Shiho Oyama 70
T32 Ariya Jutanugarn 70
T32 I.K. Kim 70
T32 Mo Martin 70
T32 Ayaka Matsumori 70
T32 Michelle Wie 70
T32 Mi Hyang Lee 70
T32 Momoko Ueda 70
T51 Catriona Matthew  71 .
T51   Jae-Eun Chung 71
T51  Min Seo Kwak 71
T51 Yumiko Yoshida 71
T51 Megumi Kido 71
T51 Kris Tamulis 71
T51 Karrie Webb 71
T58 Moriya Jutanugarn 72
T58 Junko Omote 72
T58 Kelly Shon 72
T58 Kumiko Kaneda 72
T58 Maria McBride 72
T58 Sakura Yokomine 72
T58 Mayu Hattori 72
T58 Jennifer Song 72
T58 Ayaka Watanabe 72
T67 Paula Creamer 73
T67 Asako Fujimoto 73
T67 Erika Kikuchi 73
T67 Lala Anai 73
T71 Hikari Fujita 74
T71 Yuko Mitsuka 74
T71 Soo-Yun Kang 74
T71 Ayako Uehara 74
T75 Mina Harigae 75
T75 Akane Iijima 75
77 Marina Alex 77

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