Ariya Jutanugarn Wins 2013 Lalla Meryem Cup

Ariya Jutanugarn, 2013 Lalla Meryem Cup winner (click to enlarge)

The toughest day watching professional women’s golf for me occured earlier this year at the 2013 Honda LPGA Thailand event. I am a big fan of Ariya and Moriya, the Jutanugarn sisters. Ariya stood on the tee of the 72nd hole of the tournament with a 2 shot lead. She was denied an age-exemption by the LPGA and thus could not go to Q-school to qualify for the tour. But with a sponsor’s exemption into Honda, she was poised to emphatically prove she belonged. She had captured the attention of her native Thailand, thrilling them with a hole in one earlier in the round. And then it all went wrong. The golf gods were not on her side that day as she would triple bogey the final hole to lose by 1 shot and leave the hometown crowd, and me watching and pulling for her, despondent and crestfallen. Of course, none of us felt those emotions more than Ariya, who sought comfort in the arms of her sister, Moriya.

Moriya wipes away a tear for Ariya (click to enlarge)

Like In-Kyung Kim following her final hole letdown at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Ariya shed her tears and then gathered herself and soon put her ubiquitous smile back on her face. She answered all the questions and dealt with what should have been her greatest professional moment ever, a 2nd place finish in an LPGA event, becoming her most disappointing. She bounced back on another exemption to finish 4th at the HSBC Women’s Champions. In addition to the 2 LPGA top 5s, she also finished runner-up at the Ladies European Tour (LET) Volvik RACV Ladies Masters. Ever since watching Jenny Chuasiriporn battle valiantly against Se Ri Pak at the 1998 US Women’s Open, I have been waiting for that special Thai talent who could challenge the best in the world and be among the top 10 women’s players in the world. She has a long way to get to that level, but maybe Ariya Jutanugarn is the chosen one.

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With 4 rounds in the 60s, including 3 straight 67s to close the tournament, Ariya won the 2013 Lalla Meyrem Cup on the LET. The Ladies European Tour, unlike the LPGA, allowed Ariya to qualify for their circuit. The choice is paying off as she is off to a flying start. Not only does she appear likely to cruise to Rookie of the Year honors, she also seems to have a shot at the overall Order of Merit. There’s a lot of golf left to be played, so I don’t want to get ahead of things too much. Still, she clearly is special. I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish next.

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Pos. Player Cty R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 Score Dif. Prize
1 Ariya JUTANUGARN THA 69 67 67 67 270 -14  48,750.00
2 Beth ALLEN USA 70 68 67 68 273 -11  27,868.75
Charley HULL ENG 68 70 64 71 273 -11  27,868.75
4 Katie BURNETT USA 70 70 65 69 274 -10  17,550.00
5 Mikaela PARMLID SWE 73 66 69 68 276 -8  13,780.00
6 Sarah KEMP AUS 72 68 69 69 278 -6  10,562.50
Marianne SKARPNORD NOR 66 76 70 66 278 -6  10,562.50
8 Klara SPILKOVA CZE 72 70 71 66 279 -5  6,971.25
Laura DAVIES ENG 71 68 69 71 279 -5  6,971.25
Lee-Anne PACE ZAF 70 68 67 74 279 -5  6,971.25
Melissa REID ENG 69 71 70 69 279 -5  6,971.25
12 Cheyenne WOODS USA 72 73 69 66 280 -4  5,167.50
Celine PALOMAR FRA 72 68 74 66 280 -4  5,167.50
Emma CABRERA-BELLO ESP 70 76 68 66 280 -4  5,167.50
Mallory FRAICHE USA 70 68 72 70 280 -4  5,167.50
16 Nikki CAMPBELL AUS 71 70 71 69 281 -3  4,680.00
17 Marta SILVA ZAMORA ESP 75 67 73 67 282 -2  4,550.00
18 Linda WESSBERG SWE 73 70 72 68 283 -1  4,249.38
Karen LUNN AUS 72 73 70 68 283 -1  4,249.38
Elizabeth BENNETT ENG 72 69 72 70 283 -1  4,249.38
Line VEDEL DNK 71 71 73 68 283 -1  4,249.38
22 Lydia HALL WAL 74 70 68 72 284 E  3,851.25
Patricia SANZ (Am) ESP 73 70 74 67 284 E
Jacqueline HEDWALL SWE 72 72 69 71 284 E  3,851.25
Valentine DERREY FRA 70 70 72 72 284 E  3,851.25
Sophie WALKER ENG 69 72 72 71 284 E  3,851.25
27 Amelia LEWIS USA 76 69 70 70 285 1  3,558.75
Trish JOHNSON ENG 71 72 70 72 285 1  3,558.75
29 Becky BREWERTON WAL 77 69 71 69 286 2  3,266.25
Steffi KIRCHMAYR GER 73 73 71 69 286 2  3,266.25
Margarita RAMOS MEX 73 69 72 72 286 2  3,266.25
Margherita RIGON ITA 71 70 71 74 286 2  3,266.25
33 Florentyna PARKER ENG 77 69 66 75 287 3  2,827.50
Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN FRA 75 69 73 70 287 3  2,827.50
Tania ELOSEGUI ESP 74 68 76 69 287 3  2,827.50
Felicity JOHNSON ENG 72 72 70 73 287 3  2,827.50
Caroline AFONSO FRA 72 72 69 74 287 3  2,827.50
38 Malene JORGENSEN DNK 74 72 74 68 288 4  2,280.42
Ann-Kathrin LINDNER GER 74 72 72 70 288 4  2,280.42
Noora TAMMINEN FIN 74 71 71 72 288 4  2,280.42
Stacy Lee BREGMAN ZAF 74 71 69 74 288 4  2,280.42
Stefania CROCE ITA 74 69 77 68 288 4  2,280.42
Julia DAVIDSSON SWE 73 71 73 71 288 4  2,280.42
44 Jessica KARLSSON SWE 74 70 76 69 289 5  1,787.50
Connie CHEN ZAF 73 72 73 71 289 5  1,787.50
Maha HADDIOUI MAR 73 72 72 72 289 5  1,787.50
Ursula WIKSTROM FIN 73 72 70 74 289 5  1,787.50
Megan GREHAN USA 72 72 75 70 289 5  1,787.50
Gwladys NOCERA FRA 72 71 71 75 289 5  1,787.50
50 Marjet VAN DER GRAAFF NLD 74 71 75 70 290 6  1,365.00
Joanna KLATTEN FRA 74 71 74 71 290 6  1,365.00
Jia Yun LI CHN 74 70 74 72 290 6  1,365.00
Smriti MEHRA IND 72 71 76 71 290 6  1,365.00
Tara DAVIES WAL 72 71 70 77 290 6  1,365.00
Anne-Lise CAUDAL FRA 72 70 71 77 290 6  1,365.00
Holly CLYBURN ENG 69 71 80 70 290 6  1,365.00
57 Veronica ZORZI ITA 72 74 73 72 291 7  1,105.00
Kelsey MACDONALD (Am) SCO 70 73 74 74 291 7
59 Sophie SANDOLO ITA 74 72 74 72 292 8  1,072.50
60 Xi Yu LIN CHN 75 71 70 77 293 9  1,040.00
61 Stefanie MICHL AUT 72 74 73 75 294 10  1,007.50
62 Paula HURTADO COL 76 67 77 80 300 16  958.75
Georgina SIMPSON ENG 73 72 78 77 300 16  958.75
64 Zuzana KAMASOVA SVK 71 73 79 78 301 17  910.00

THE CUT: 146 STROKES

Pos. Player

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Cty R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 Score Dif. Prize
65 Cathryn BRISTOW NZL 78 69 147 5
Cassandra KIRKLAND FRA 78 69 147 5
Rebecca ARTIS AUS 77 70 147 5
Tandi CUNINGHAM ZAF 76 71 147 5
Daniela HOLMQVIST SWE 75 72 147 5
Jade SCHAEFFER FRA 72 75 147 5
Anais MAGGETTI CHE 72 75 147 5
72 Emily TAYLOR ENG 79 69 148 6
Caroline WESTRUP SWE 76 72 148 6
Bree ARTHUR AUS 75 73 148 6
Bonita BREDENHANN NAM 75 73 148 6
Melanie MAETZLER SWI 74 74 148 6
Isabell GABSA GER 73 75 148 6
Nina HOLLEDER GER 73 75 148 6
Pamela PRETSWELL SCO 72 76 148 6
Melissa EATON RSA 67 81 148 6
81 Louise LARSSON SWE 79 70 149 7
Alexandra VILATTE FRA 79 70 149 7
Sharmila NICOLLET IND 78 71 149 7
Rebecca HUDSON ENG 76 73 149 7
Yu Yang ZHANG CHN 76 73 149 7
Hannah BURKE ENG 75 74 149 7
Mireia PRAT ESP 74 75 149 7
Tanaporn KONGKIATKRAI THA 74 75 149 7
89 Camilla LENNARTH SWE 80 70 150 8
Laura CABANILLAS ESP 79 71 150 8
Julie MAISONGROSSE FRA 77 73 150 8
Sahra HASSAN WAL 76 74 150 8
Isabella RAMSAY SWE 76 74 150 8
94 Stephanie NA AUS 79 72 151 9
Holly AITCHISON ENG 78 73 151 9
Laurette MARITZ ZAF 77 74 151 9
Melodie BOURDY FRA 77 74 151 9
Carly BOOTH SCO 76 75 151 9
Elina NUMMENPAA FIN 75 76 151 9
Katy MCNICOLL SCO 75 76 151 9
Helena CALLAHAN SWE 75 76 151 9
Sara WIKSTROM SWE 74 77 151 9
103 Morgana ROBBERTZE RSA 78 74 152 10
Kylie WALKER SCO 77 75 152 10
Maria SALINAS PER 77 75 152 10
Fiona PUYO FRA 77 75 152 10
Lucie ANDRE FRA 77 75 152 10
108 Marion RICORDEAU FRA 80 73 153 11
Cecilie LUNDGREEN NOR 77 76 153 11
Virginia ESPEJO ESP 75 78 153 11
111 Whitney HILLIER AUS 79 75 154 12
Maria BALIKOEVA RUS 78 76 154 12
Vikki LAING SCO 77 77 154 12
Barbara GENUINI FRA 76 78 154 12
Julie OTTO ENG 74 80 154 12
116 Leigh WHITTAKER GER 84 71 155 13
Rochelle MORRIS (Am) ENG 79 76 155 13
Liebelei LAWRENCE LUX 78 77 155 13
119 Amy BOULDEN (Am) WAL 82 74 156 14
Ana LARRANETA ESP 79 77 156 14
121 Eva BJARVALL SWE 78 81 159 17
122 Charlotte ELLIS ENG 83 77 160 18
123 Rebecca SORENSEN SWE 84 77 161 19
124 Kaisa RUUTTILA FIN 84 78 162 20

 

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4 thoughts on “Ariya Jutanugarn Wins 2013 Lalla Meryem Cup

  1. Much the way Lydia Ko’s talent is there for all to see almost every time she tees it up, Ariya seems to do pretty much the same thing. She has so much talent and I think the sky is the limit for her.

  2. Sorry I didn’t respond sooner guys…I agree Robert. Thanks, Mr. G. I know I am getting WAAAAAAAAAY ahead of things but in my golf fantasy land, I would like to see both Ariya and Moriya win on the LPGA tour. I know Charlotta Sorenstam does have one win on tour…and her sister, Annika…I’ve heard she won a tournament or two in her day…LOL! Outside of the great Annika and her sister, Charlotta, I am not as versed in LPGA history to know if other sisters have wins as well. Danielle Ammaccapane was great…did Dina ever win?

  3. Blackwelders, Mother and daughter, are pretty good immediate family members to play well. You know me and where I will lead the conversation! Hah! In just a few weeks Morgan Pressel’s younger sister, Madison, will be in the field of the Texas Shootout with her sister. This was not an invite. Madison had to play well and qualify for it!!

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