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Friday October 11, 2013 MYT 8:32:00 PM
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by james tang
The one to watch: Mamiko Higa of Japan is a rising star on the LPGA circuit with one victory already this year at the Yamaha Ladies Open in April.
LEE Ilhee of South Korea may be at the top of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard with a two-round total of 13-under 129.
Although American Lexi Thompson is just a shot behind, it’s Japan’s Mamiko Higa that Ilhee had better watch out for.
The 19-year-old Mamiko, who turned pro two years ago, shot a five-under 66 yesterday for a two-round total of eight-under par 134 and just five strokes behind Ilhee.
Mamiko hails from Okinawa, which has produced a number of promising women golfers, including Mika Miyazato, Ai Miyazato and Ayako Uehara.
Winning her first Japanese LPGA (JLPGA) title, the Yamaha Ladies Open, in April and tying at seventh at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August have been a big confidence booster to the petite soft-spoken golfer.
“This is my third time playing overseas and I feel this kind of competition holds the key to growing and especially gaining experience, which is very important. It has been helpful for my exposure and it will benefit me in the future,” she said.
“I believe Japan has a chance to dominate the world of golf one day.”
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