Australian Ladies Professional Golf
Ko impresses in Japan, Speechley finished strong
Date: 13th May 2013
By: Australian Ladies Professional Golf
Japan LPGA
L to R: Bree Turnbull (Jessica's caddy), Min Jee Lee, Lydia Ko, Jessica Speechley

Lydia Ko, number 1 ranked amateur in the world impresses in Japan with a strong tied 4th finish at the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, played at Ibaraki Golf Club (West Course).

The World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup is a major event in the Japan LPGA calendar.

Hiromi Mogi took the title with a 9 under total posting rounds of 71, 70, 70 and 68.

Ko is accompanied by a contingent of Australian golfers that include Jessica Speechley and Tamie Durdin (both are members of the JLPGA), Stacey Keating and Australia's top amateur Min Jee Lee.

Ko had rounds of 72, 70, 73 and 68 in a total of 5 under for the tournament. Ko was a sponsor invite to the tournament and certainly didn't disappoint the fans with a strong showing and finish at the tournament.

The best Australian in the field is Jessica Speechley at T24. Speechley started strong with a 2 under (70) and 1 over (73) in the first two rounds. She struggled in a rain soaked day on the third round with a 6 over (78) but finished strong with 3 under (69) in the final round. Speechley earned ¥876,000 ($AUD8619) for her efforts.

Tamie Durdin is placed T52 after rounds of 74, 73, 76 and 74 to be at 9 over total for the tournament. Durdin earned ¥396,000 ($AUD 3896).

The other Australians Stacey Keating and amateur Min Jee Lee didn't make the cut.

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