Sunday, June 12, 2011

Suntory Ladies Open Sunday: Sun-Ju Ahn Makes up 2 Shots on Chie Arimura in the Last 6 Holes to Get Win #2 of 2011

Chie Arimura had a 2-shot lead on Sun-Ju Ahn with 6 holes left to play in the Suntory Ladies Open after last year's leading money-winner on the JLPGA uncharacteristically bogeyed the 514-yard par 5. Although Sakura Yokomine birdied 6 holes in a row on the back to climb to -9 and Nikki Campbell shot a bogey-free 31 on the back to get to -11, they weren't putting any pressure on Arimura, who stood at -14 on the 13th tee. Ditto for Ji-Hee Lee, who had dropped back to -10 after bogeys on the 10th and 12th. But then Ahn birdied her next 2 holes in a row to catch Arimura while Lee, playing in the group ahead of them, birdied 3 in a row to pull within 1 of them. Arimura, however, played steady golf, parring every hole on the back, even as Ahn matched her with pars on 15, 16, and 17. It all came down to the 416-yard par-4 18th, which Lee failed to birdie, Ahn parred--and Arimura bogeyed, ending her bogey-free streak at 26 holes at exactly the wrong time. With that, Sun-Ju Ahn had her 2nd win of 2011 on the JLPGA.

1st/-14 Sun-Ju Ahn (67-70-67-70)
T2/-13 Ji-Hee Lee (71-64-70-70), Chie Arimura (70-67-67-71)
T4/-11 Nikki Campbell (71-70-71-65), Eun-A Lim (71-71-68-67), Hiromi Mogi (69-68-68-72)
T7/-10 Bo-Mee Lee (71-69-70-68), Esther Lee (67-70-70-71)
9th/-9 Sakura Yokomine (71-73-69-66)
10th/-8 Rui Kitada (71-68-71-70)

11th/-7 Ai Miyazato (70-71-69-71)
12th/-6 Eun-Bi Jang (73-70-69-70)
T13/-5 Young Kim (75-71-68-69), Rikako Morita (71-75-67-70), Ah-Reum Hwang (73-70-70-70), Mayu Hattori (70-68-75-70), Ayako Uehara (69-69-75-70), Akiko Fukushima (71-71-70-71)
T19/-4 Akane Iijima (71-74-69-70), Jae-Hee Bae (71-68-73-72)
T22/-3 Ritsuko Ryu (74-72-71-68), Li-Ying Ye (73-70-74-68), Aoi Nagata (72-72-72-69), Saiki Fujita (71-72-69-73), Soo-Yun Kang (70-73-69-73)
T27/-2 Mi-Jeong Jeon (72-73-72-69), Shiho Oyama (70-70-75-71), Kaori Ohe (70-72-72-72)
T31/-1 So-Hee Kim (73-69-73-72)
T34/E Kaori Aoyama (71-75-72-70), Miho Mori [a] (72-74-71-71), Ji-Woo Lee (68-73-73-73), Yumiko Yoshida (71-70-72-75), Chihiro Ikeda [a] (70-68-75-75),
T40/+1 Yun-Jye Wei (71-75-72-71), Sakura Kito [a] (70-71-76-72), Asako Fujimoto (70-73-72-74)
T46/+3 Na-Ri Kim (70-72-77-72)
T34/E Tamie Durdin (75-70-71),
T50/+4 Tao-Li Yang (71-75-76-70), Inbee Park (75-70-76-71), Miki Saiki (73-72-75-72), Hyun-Ju Shin (72-72-76-72)
60th/+10 Onnarin Sattayabanphot (74-70-77-77)

Ahn now leads the JLPGA money list:

1. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥50.42M
2. Miki Saiki ¥39.28M
3. Sakura Yokomine ¥34.59M
4. Ji-Hee Lee ¥30.91M
5. Yuri Fudoh ¥30.10M
6. Hiromi Mogi ¥27.31M
7. Rui Kitada ¥24.53M
8. Inbee Park ¥21.93M
9. Chie Arimura ¥20.99M
10. Kumiko Kaneda ¥19.90M
11. Yukari Baba ¥15.73M
12. Momoko Ueda ¥13.77M
13. Ji-Woo Lee ¥13.02M
14. Teresa Lu ¥12.52M
15. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥12.40M
16. Ayako Uehara ¥12.20M
17. Mayu Hattori ¥11.40M
18. Ritsuko Ryu ¥11.29M
19. Saiki Fujita ¥10.86M
20. Bo-Mee Lee ¥10.74M
21. Ji-Yai Shin ¥10.67M
22. Mie Nakata ¥10.02M
23. Rikako Morita ¥9.62M
24. Young Kim ¥9.30M
25. Kaori Aoyama ¥9.29M
26. Bo-Bae Song ¥8.94M
27. Nikki Campbell ¥8.41M
28. Yumiko Yoshida ¥8.36M
29. Eun-A Lim ¥8.08M
30. Akiko Fukushima ¥8.01M
31. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥7.72M
32. Shinobu Moromizato ¥7.63M
33. Esther Lee ¥7.37M
34. So-Hee Kim ¥7.24M
35. Akane Iijima ¥7.22M
36. Megumi Kido ¥7.07M
37. Shiho Oyama ¥6.99M
38. Satsuki Oshiro ¥6.86M
39. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥6.82M
40. Asako Fujimoto ¥6.74M
41. Na-Ri Lee ¥5.49M
42. Yuki Ichinose ¥5.45M
43. Na-Ri Kim ¥5.11M
44. Soo-Yun Kang ¥5.03M
45. Ji-Na Lim ¥4.79M
46. Miki Sakai ¥4.77M
47. Li-Ying Ye ¥4.48M
48. Midori Yoneyama ¥4.25M
49. Mayumi Shimomura ¥4.21M
50. Junko Omote ¥4.21M

Ai Miyazato moved up to #65 on the money list, but she'll need to play in many more JLPGA events to get into the top 50 and reach the minimum number of required events. Next up is the Nichirei Ladies. More on it after I take the Full Metal Archivist to the Toronto airport for a 2-week visit to Chiba!

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