Hisako Higuchi, Japan's most popular woman golfer, won the 10-million-yen (15,150 Sterling) Second World Ladies Golf Tournament at Tokyo's Yomiuri Country Club course on Monday (1 April).
Hisako Higuchi, Japan's most popular woman golfer, won the 10-million-yen (15,150 Sterling) Second World Ladies Golf Tournament at Tokyo's Yomiuri Country Club course on Monday (1 April). She also won the event last year.
Miss Higuchi's five-over-par final round of 79 was made in gusting wind. It was enough to earn her -- as the overall winner -- the trophy and two million yen (3,030 Sterling) prize money
She finished with a 36-hole total of 155 -- one stroke ahead of Shelley Hamlin of the United States, who came second.
South Africa's Sally Little, the overnight first-round leader, dropped back to third place with a disappointing ten-over-par 80.
The 22-year-old Miss Little had gone in front with the only under-per round of 73 -- despite an anti-apartheid demonstration. Six young Japanese men suddenly appeared near her holding up placards against racial discrimination in Sough Africa. They started handing out leaflets to spectators before course officials led them away.
Miss Little said the demonstration shook her a little, but (in fact) made her play better.
Pre-tournament favourite, Miss Judy Rankin of the United States, had trouble putting. She finished in six position (with four others) on 140.
The tournament was out ???m 54 to 36 holes because of an unexpected snowfall in the Tokyo area last week.