YUKA Saso hopes to get her campaign in the Japanese LPGA tour and Olympic qualifying bid back on track when she sees action in the Meiji Yasuda Seimei Ladies Yokohama Tire golf tournament at the Tosa Country Club in Kona, Japan today.
Saso stumbled out of the gates of the year-opening 34th Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf championship in Okinawa last weekend, failing to making the 36-hole cut after successive 73s at the par 72 Ryukyu Golf Club.
The 2018 Asian Games double gold medalist and PSA 2020 Athlete of the Year will tee off at the par-72 6,228-yard layout at 9:50 a.m. (10:50 a.m. in Manila) with Mercedes Rankings runner-up Sakura Koiwai and defending champion Ai Suzuki.
Up for grabs in the three-day tilt is a total cash prize of 80 million yen (roughly P35.5 million), with the champion pocketing 14 million yen (P6.4 million).
Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan, who is competing in the US LPGA tour, are the country’s top Olympic aspirants and are presently ranked 22nd and 43rd, respectively, in the International Golf Federation Olympic qualifying rankings.