Mizuno Classic. Japan Fills First Four Places, Day 2 November 09 2013

MizunoClassic_188x84 Ladies from Japan filled the first four spots on the leaderboard at the Mizuno Classic on the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club course at the end of day 2. Mamiko Higa / Getty Mamiko Higa, Yuki Ichinose and Shiho Oyama share first place at -8 under par for the tournament. First round leader Shiho is full of confidence and is going for the win; “I came this far so I’m definitely going for it tomorrow. My caddie this week caddied for Bo-Mee Lee and she won last week so I think the luck is on my side.  Hope to make the best out of tomorrow with my partner.” Yuki had seven birdies and one bogey today, and was happy with her putting. She also earned her first JLPGA victory earlier this year; “My putting felt really comfortable before the round and that gave me the confidence to play strong today. I really enjoyed today’s round with Mamiko Higa, if she makes birdie then I make birdie, it was just like that all day.” Mamiko is very satisfied with her round today;  " I’m very satisfied that I finished with no bogey today.  I really enjoyed my game today because the course is in great condition and the green is just beautiful. Of course I want to win, but there are just so many things that I still need to work on or take to a higher step no matter how I finish tomorrow, I know I’ll get something out of this tournament." Tied in fourth is Asako Fujimoto and American Brittany Lincicome, both ladies just one shot back at -7 under par. Brittany like the come from behind challenge; “It’s nice to be up there, being in the last group always adds a little pressure. Not being in the last group, I think I play best or I’ve won the most from. It will be fun to go out tomorrow. If I keep doing the same things I’ve done the last two days, it should be really close. It should be a good Sunday.” Defending champion Stacy Lewis is tied in tenth place at -5 under par, still only three shots from the lead. Remember, Stacy overcame a seven-stroke deficit in the final round last year, birdieing the last three holes for a 64, and a one-shot victory. She is trusting in deja vu for this tournament; “ It’s kind of similar to last year when the first two days I just couldn’t really drop many putts. But hopefully tomorrow the gap kind of opens up a bit. But I’ve done it before so I know it’s possible. I just want to go out there and make some birdies, play smart. I got through bogey-free today and I only missed two greens, so I’m playing good golf. I just need some putts to go in tomorrow.”