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Enjoy Watching the [The 32nd Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament]
post : 2019.03.09 00:00
For four days from March 7, 2019, the 32nd Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament (hosted by Daikin Industries, Ltd., and Ryukyu Broadcasting Corporation) will be held at Ryukyu Golf Club (in Nanjo City). In the mild weather of Okinawa’s winter, this tournament is the start of the national golf season. How would you like to join the crowd of spectators to cheer on your favorite player?
■With a history of over 30 years, the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament is the only ladies professional tournament held in Okinawa.
The touring system was introduced in 1988, and in the same year, the first Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament was held as the opener of the JLPGA Tour (Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association Tournament). Since then, the tournament has established a history of over 30 years.
Mr. Yutaka Sunagawa of the tournament secretariat says, “The tournament has advanced over the years together with the locals, based on our motto of ‘Ever Onward with Okinawa’. This year marks our 32nd tournament. The four-day tournament offers a total prize money of 120 million yen, and the winner takes 21.6 million yen. Of course, being the season opener, we have well-known players from Japan and from around the world joining the tournament every year, and the tournament captures the attention across the country. This year (like last year), the excitement will be on whether the strong Japanese and Korean players will be at the core of the race for the money title winner, or if a new star will be born. This year’s biggest focus will likely be on the performances of “the experienced” versus the “golden generation (born in 1998)”.
■Introduction of Participating Players
Expectations are high for the Okinawan players this year, and so here’s an introduction to one of the players (scheduled) participating in the tournament. Hina Arakaki, who saw her first win in 2018 and ranked in 23rd in money prize will no doubt be garnering much attention and cheers from the crowds, in her first tournament playing for Daikin Industries.
There’s more! Check out Okinawa’s sports information site, [Sports Island OKINAWA] to learn more about the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament: https://okinawasportsisland.jp./golf//detail/?id=879
*With the exception of Mr. Sunagawa, all the photos are courtesy of the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament secretariat.
*The player introduced here is scheduled to play as of February 14, 2019.
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Kiwamu Ogawa