Mitsuka holds on for first win

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RIFU, Miyagi Pref. – Tour rookie Yuko Mitsuka hung on to her overnight lead by shooting a 71 to win her first career title with a one-shot victory at the Miyagi TV Dunlop Ladies Open on Sunday. Mitsuka, who stormed into the lead after a second-round 66, carded two birdies and a bogey while fighting off a late charge by Tomoko Kusakabe for a winning total of 8-under-par 208 on the Rifu Golf Club course. Mitsuka kept herself in front with birdies on both of the front-nine par-5s — at Nos. 2 and 8 — before dropping a shot at the ninth. “I have been too nervous to sleep and eat well since last night and I can’t even remember how I played all day,” Mitsuka said.last_img