Chie Arimura Wins 2011 JLPGA CAT Ladies

Chie Arimura, 2011 CAT Ladies Winner

Early in 2011, Chie Arimura went into the final round of the LPGA HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore with the lead but was overtaken by World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb. In the final round of the JLPGA CAT Ladies, Chie once again started with the lead, and late on the back 9 found herself in jeopardy of squandering another victory. She started well, birdying the par 5 1st, but soon after suffered back to back bogeys on par 3 3rd and par 4 4th. She quickly righted the ship with a birdie on the par 3 5th, but the door was left open for Rikako Morita.

Rikako Morita

Morita was on a rollercoaster of birdies and bogeys, firing 5 birdies (on the 1st, 7th, 11th, 13th and 15th) and 3 bogeys (on the 9th, 12th and 16th). After the birdie on the 15th, Morita found herself in the lead by 1 over Arimura. But then she suffered the dreaded birdy-bogey two shot swing on the next hole, the par 4 16th. Chie stepped up and birdied 16 while Rikako bogeyed the same hole. Suddenly, a 1 shot lead for Rikako became a 1 shot lead, and eventual win, for Chie. Arimura collected her 2nd JLPGA win of the year, after her win at the Stanley Ladies, along with the 1st place ¥ 10,800,000 prize. Chie now has 9 JLPGA wins (and counting). Maybe one day she will be tempted by the opportunity to play full time in the United States on the LPGA tour.

CHIE ARIMURA

RIKAKO MORITA

SUN JU AHN

KUMIKO KANEDA

SAKURA YOKOMINE

ESTHER LEE

ASAKO FUJIMOTO

HIROMI TAKESUE

AKIKO FUKUSHIMA

AYAKO UEHARA

Victory -11 Chie Arimura 208 69 67 72 ¥ 10,800,000
Two -10 Rikako Morita 209 69 69 71 ¥ 5,280,000
Three -8 Saiki Sangui 211 69 74 68 ¥ 4,200,000
4T -7 Yukari Baba 212 72 70 70 ¥ 3,300,000
Ji Hee Lee 212 73 69 70 ¥ 3,300,000
6T -6 Hiromi Takesue 213 70 75 68 ¥ 1,800,000
Akiko Fukushima 213 70 72 71 ¥ 1,800,000
Na Ri Kim 213 69 72 72 ¥ 1,800,000
Asako Fujimoto 213 66 74 73 ¥ 1,800,000
Ayako Uehara 213 70 70 73 ¥ 1,800,000
11T -5 Yellow Arum 214 76 68 70 ¥ 1,044,000
Sun Ju Ahn 214 73 71 70 ¥ 1,044,000
Esther Lee 214 73 70 71 ¥ 1,044,000
14T -4 Sakura Yokomine 215 71 74 70 ¥ 804,000
Rui Kitada 215 71 73 71 ¥ 804,000
Su Yun Kang 215 70 73 72 ¥ 804,000
Lala Anai 215 70 72 73 ¥ 804,000
Li-Ying Ye 215 74 68 73 ¥ 804,000


5 thoughts on “Chie Arimura Wins 2011 JLPGA CAT Ladies

  1. Pingback: 2011 CAT Ladies - LPGA Tour Forum

  2. Great job bangkokbobby, tons of info, pics & videos, also better coverage than most of sports websites, I really enjoy your blog, keep up the good work buddy!

    I don’t know much about JLPGA, but I do noticed about this girl, because she finished top 10 on both HSBC & Kraft Nabisco this year. I wonder when will Chie Arimura makes the move to become a LPGA member? She might be a top 10 ranked player in the world by now, since she will earn much more Rolex points whan win LPGA events.

    • Thanks! I would love to see Chie on the LPGA tour. I believe she would do very well. But…you just knew there was a “but” coming…she is such a big star in Japan it’s tough to walk away from that to take a chance in the States.

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