Monday, July 18, 2011

Stanley Ladies Sunday: Chie Arimura Prevails for JLPGA Win #8

On a day when the birdies and eagles were in full flight at the Stanley Ladies, 23-year-old Chie Arimura took off with a bogey-free 30 and cruised home in automatic pilot for her 8th career JLPGA victory.

Yes, Bo-Bae Song fired a bogey-free 63, Shinobu Moromizato put together a little a bogey-free 27 (a 7-hole birdie train to start her round interrupted by an eagle on the par-5 8th!), and Miki Saiki was -5 through her 1st 5 holes, but they started the day too far back for their charges to put any pressure on Arimura. And when Rikako Morita, who was only 2 back when she started her round, played her last 12 holes in +4, Saiki Fujita, who was 1 closer after 36, was +1 through her 1st 16 holes, Asako Fujimoto, who also started the day only 1 back, opened and closed her round with pairs of consecutive bogeys, and 2nd-round co-leader Harukyo Nomura stalled over her 1st 14 holes and added insult to injury when she finished bogey-triple-par, well, the path to Arimura's wire-to-wire win virtually cleared itself. Only a late charge by Sakura Yokomine--4 birdies in her last 6 holes to pass a stalled Moromizato, who couldn't buy a birdie on the back--made the final margin of victory 3 shots. So the back 9 was really a victory lap for Arimura, who bounced back with a bang after missing the cut at the Wegmans LPGA Championship despite having played great golf in her previous appearances on the LPGA this year.

Here are the final results:

1st/-15 Chie Arimura (65-69-67)
2nd/-12 Sakura Yokomine (67-69-68)
3rd/-11 Shinobu Moromizato (73-68-64)
T4/-10 Bo-Bae Song (68-75-63), Miki Saiki (68-70-68), Saiki Fujita (69-66-71), Asako Fujimoto (68-67-71)
T8/-9 Miki Sakai (67-73-67), Ji-Hee Lee (70-69-68)
T10/-8 Maiko Wakabayashi (68-74-66), So-Hee Kim (73-68-67), Ayako Uehara (70-70-68), Rikako Morita (67-69-72)

T15/-7 Yuki Ichinose (69-72-68), Mamiko Higa [a] (70-70-69), Young Kim (69-71-69)
T19/-6 Ji-Woo Lee (69-73-68), Shiho Oyama (73-67-70), Nikki Campbell (70-70-70), Junko Omote (67-73-70), Eun-A Lim (69-70-71), Harukyo Nomura (69-65-76)
T25/-5 Bo-Mee Lee (73-68-69), Li-Ying Ye (69-72-70), Onnarin Sattayabanphot (68-73-70), Soo-Yun Kang (67-73-71)
T31/-4 Ah-Reum Hwang (72-71-69), Yumiko Yoshida (71-72-69), Mayu Hattori (74-67-71), Kaori Aoyama (71-70-71), Pei-Ying Tsai (73-67-72), Miho Koga (73-66-73), Midori Yoneyama (67-70-75)
T40/-3 Na-Ri Kim (72-71-70), Mi-Jeong Jeon (70-69-74)
T44/-2 Na-Ri Lee (70-72-72)
T48/-1 Hyun-Ju Shin (74-69-72), Kaori Ohe (73-70-72), Akane Iijima (72-71-72), Jae-Hee Bae (71-70-74), Aiko Ueno (71-70-74)
T54/E Tao-Li Yang (74-69-73)
T56/+1 Mika Takushima (73-70-74)
T60/+2 Kumiko Kaneda (73-70-75)
62nd/+3 Sakura Kito [a] (72-70-77)

Arimura's win puts her back in the hunt for the top spot on the JLPGA money list:

1. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥54.42M
2. Miki Saiki ¥50.99M
3. Ji-Hee Lee ¥49.05M
4. Sakura Yokomine ¥46.24M
5. Chie Arimura ¥38.50M
6. Yuri Fudoh ¥35.35M
7. Hiromi Mogi ¥28.84M
8. Ayako Uehara ¥25.81M
9. Rui Kitada ¥25.01M
10. Inbee Park ¥24.33M
11. Kumiko Kaneda ¥20.61M
12. Bo-Bae Song ¥18.38M
13. Yukari Baba ¥17.00M
14. Saiki Fujita ¥15.02M
15. Mayu Hattori ¥14.47M
16. Ji-Woo Lee ¥14.17M
17. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥14.15M
18. Shinobu Moromizato ¥13.93M
19. Teresa Lu ¥13.83M
20. Momoko Ueda ¥13.77M
21. Ritsuko Ryu ¥12.89M
22. Bo-Mee Lee ¥12.75M
23. Junko Omote ¥12.49M
24. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥12.48M
25. Asako Fujimoto ¥12.21M
26. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥12.10M
27. Na-Ri Lee ¥11.84M
28. Rikako Morita ¥11.77M
29. Young Kim ¥11.54M
30. Ji-Yai Shin ¥10.67M
31. Mie Nakata ¥10.25M
32. Kaori Aoyama ¥10.17M
33. Nikki Campbell ¥9.87M
34. Akane Iijima ¥9.65M
35. Yumiko Yoshida ¥9.65M
36. So-Hee Kim ¥9.55M
37. Esther Lee ¥9.42M
38. Eun-A Lim ¥9.16M
39. Shiho Oyama ¥8.94M
40. Yeo-Jin Kang ¥8.70M
41. Akiko Fukushima ¥8.01M
42. Yuki Ichinose ¥7.62M
43. Megumi Kido ¥7.58M
44. Miki Sakai ¥7.48M
45. Satsuki Oshiro ¥7.42M
46. Soo-Yun Kang ¥7.04M
47. Na-Ri Kim ¥6.87M
48. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥5.51M
49. Nachiyo Ohtani ¥5.36M
50. Kaori Ohe ¥5.22M

With la creme de la creme of the JLPGA heading to Evian this week (minus the top 2 finishers from the Stanley)--and the best of them playing in the Ricoh Women's British Open next week (except, it appears, for Arimura)--the JLPGA is off until the 1st week of August. Let's see who comes back hot from their own little European swing or rested from their mini-summer vacation!

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