Mitsuka fined $21,500 for slow play
TOKYO -- Japanese golfer Yuko Mitsuka has pulled out of 11 tournaments after being handed a record fine for slow play.
The Ladies Professional Golfer's Association of Japan fined the 25-year-old Mitsuka $21,500 on Tuesday after she quit midway through the first round of the World Ladies Championship last week in protest of a two-shot penalty she drew for slow play.
Mitsuka announced Wednesday she will withdraw from eight domestic tournaments and three overseas events.
"This will be a lesson to other golfers," JLPGA chief Hisako Higuchi said in Wednesday editions of the Nikkan Sports newspaper. "She has to take responsibility for her actions."
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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