WILLIAMSBURG—Shiho Oyama is unlikely to forget this weekend any time soon. If her memory fails her, she can always check her bank balance.
The 31-year-old LPGA rookie from Japan, whose previous best finish was a tie for 42nd in March's MasterCard Classic, finished sixth at the Michelob Ultra Open at 10-under-par. She earned $74,250, eight times more than the $9,413 she'd made coming into Sunday.
At Kingsmill, Oyama was tied with Natalie Gulbis until Gulbis bogeyed 18 to fall into a tie for seventh. That result was still the best of the season for Gulbis, who finished tied for 10th at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay on Feb. 14.
Gulbis shot a 1-over 72 on Sunday.
Wendy Ward carded a final-round 70 to finish alone in fifth place at 11-under. It was the second straight solid result for the 13-year LPGA veteran, who finished fourth at the Corona Championship on April 26.
Monday qualifier Allison Hanna-Williams more than acquitted herself with her 5-under-par performance, which tied her for 15th place. Her 72 on Sunday was her first round over par, but she still bettered the previous lowest score by a qualifier this season by four shots.
Hanna-Williams, a 2004 Ohio State graduate, also bested her career-low round of 68 with a second-round 67 at Kingsmill. The finance major, who'd made $234,432 since turning pro in 2005, pocketed $28,820 on Sunday.
Hanna-Williams finished fourth in a tournament in 2006 but hadn't placed better than a tie for 36th since then. In two tournaments this year, she missed the cut at the SBS Open and finished tied for 64th at the Corona Championship.
BY THE NUMBERS
Rookie Jiyai Shin shaved 10 strokes off her third-round score with a 66 on Sunday that put her at 4-under for the tournament and tied her for 20th. Shin has wasted no time introducing herself to the pro ranks, winning the HSBC Women's Champions tournament on March 8 and finishing second at the J Golf Phoenix International on March 29.
On the flip side of the scorecard, 2007 Mich Ultra Open champion Suzann Pettersen carded a 6-over 77 on Sunday to finish at 5-over, tied for 58th. Her day still wasn't as bad as Brittany Lincicome's. Lincicome, who eagled the final hole to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 5, shot 79 on Sunday - 13 shots worse than Saturday - and finished at 7-over, tied for 63rd.
Lorena Ochoa, who led the first two rounds of the tournament after red-hot rounds of 64 and 65, carded her second straight 74 to finish at 7-under and alone in 10th place. The last time Ochoa shot back-to-back over-par rounds was last August at the Canadian Women's Open.
DELAY OF GAME
An unusually crowded sight greeted fans on the front nine on Sunday. As one group waited to tee off on No. 8, two more stood between that tee and the seventh green, where another group was putting with yet another in the fairway. The logjam was created after rules officials were twice called to the eighth green to settle unspecified questions, resulting in a 19-minute delay.