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Round 4 - 14 year old Atthaya Thitikul youngest winner on LET

July 09, 2017
Atthaya Thitikul became the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour by claiming victory in the Ladies European Thailand Championship aged 14 years, 4 months and 19 days.

Teenager Atthaya Thitikul became the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour by claiming victory in the Ladies European Thailand Championship aged 14 years, 4 months and 19 days.

With rounds of 70, 71, 70 and 72, the Thai school girl won by two strokes with a total of 283, five-under-par and she never stopped smiling.

Due to her amateur status, the top prize of 45,000 euros, however, went to second placed Ana Menendez of Mexico, who had led after each of the first three rounds and earned her career best finish. Australian Whitney Hillier, who is half-Thai, finished in third spot on two-under-par.

Thitikul had previously demonstrated her enormous potential when she finished tied for 37th in the recent Honda LPGA Thailand event, which she played in just a few days after her 14th birthday, on February 20. She then received an invitation to play in the inaugural LET event at Phoenix Golf and Country Club in Pattaya from the tournament sponsor, the Sports Authority of Thailand. Her aim was to make the cut, gain experience and have fun.

However, her remarkable talent was soon on display again when she shot an opening round of 70 to lie two strokes off the lead and after subsequent rounds of 71, 70, she was the only player in the field of 126 under par for each of the first three rounds.

The final day began very much as usual for the girl nicknamed ‘Jeen.’ Decked out in white and blue, even the ribbons in her hair matched her outfit.

Although there was a bogey on the first hole, she had gained a one stroke lead after four holes and from that point looked unshakeable.

She gained a two-stroke advantage with a birdie on the seventh. On a steamy day in Pattaya, the question then became if anyone else could catch her.

Amy Boulden tried with a run of three straight birdies from the 11th, but a bogey on 16 ended her charge and she ended in a tie for fourth place on one-under-par.

Mendendez closed the gap to a stroke with a birdie on 11, but Thitikul responded with a birdie on hole 15, which gave her a two-stroke lead with three to play and both players closed with a run of three pars.

Afterwards, Thitikul, who only reached a scratch handicap last year, said: “I’m so happy and proud of myself. I did not look nervous, but of course I felt nerves on the first tee and on the first hole. I did not think about the score. I committed to every shot I hit and stayed relaxed. My caddie helped me a lot, not to think too much, to focus on my game plan and to plan the tee shots and second shots.

“My family do not play golf. When I was younger, aged six, my father told me to play sport and he offered tennis or golf and I watched golf on TV and I liked it.”

Second placed Menendez, who closed with a 75, commented: “Right now, I’m disappointed, because I know I could have done better and my start was a little poor. There are lots of positives to take and I will go home happy. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and I’ve made huge strides from this year to last year, so I’m proud of myself and my team. I was feeling nervous again and it wasn’t quite comfortable today, with my swing and everything. I was in between clubs a lot so it was tough to make decisions and overall it was a tough day for me.”

Hillier said: “I only made two birdies today and I was so patient out there. I made nothing on the front nine and then finally made a couple in the end. It was a solid game and I was very happy with that. I tried to get myself back up there and I did. I’ve been working really hard the last couple of months as well, but it does help to have local support, my mum and all of her friends cheering me on.”

Thitikul already has vast experience that most other youngsters would cherish. Earlier in June, she won the Taiwan Amateur Open after previously being second in the Queen Sirikit Cup in China. Her next big tournament is the South East Asian Games in Malaysia.

The previous record for the youngest player to win on the LET was held by Lydia Ko, who won the 2013 New Zealand Open as an amateur aged 15 years, nine months and 17 days.

Ko was the youngest player to win two Majors, became the women’s world number one and claimed the silver medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Whether Thitikul follows that path or not, one thing is for certain: the world of women’s golf has seen a remarkable player who has enormous potential.

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Atthaya THITIKUL 70 71 70 72 -5 283 N/A
2 Ana MENENDEZ 68 72 70 75 -3 285 € 45,000.00
3 Whitney HILLIER 74 72 69 71 -2 286 € 27,000.00

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Round 3 - Menendez stays ahead of Thai amateur Thitikul

July 08, 2017
Ana Menendez of Mexico, Ladies European Thailand Championship R2 2017

Ana Menendez of Mexico shot a two-under-par 70 to lead for a third day in the Ladies European Thailand Championship and take a one stroke lead into the final round at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya.

At six-under-par, the 25-year-old from Mexico City remains a stroke clear of Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul, who at 14, has a chance to become the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour tomorrow.

Amy Boulden of Wales is two strokes further back in joint third place after a 67: the lowest round of the tournament with Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro of Thailand and Swedish rookie Frida Gustafsson Spang.

Menendez made a nervy start to the third round with a bogey on her first hole, but she birdied the fourth and thereafter held it together.

“I was really nervous at the beginning. I think my first shot was the worst of the day by far, but I’m happy I was able to get it back on the back nine. I don’t think I was hitting it as solid as the other days,” said the second-year LET player.

Although five competitors – Menendez, Thitikul, Boulden, Whitney Hllier and Lina Boqvist –
held a share of the lead early in the round, both Menendez and Thitikul birdied the long seventh to re-establish their dominance. They headed into the back nine tied on three-under-par, one ahead of Boulden, who then bogeyed the par-5 18th.

After Thitikul bogeyed the 10th, Menendez was briefly joined by Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro at the head of affairs, but Menendez birdied 12 to take a one stroke advantage before she and Thitikul both birdied the final two holes.

The Thai National Team member said: “I feel so happy with my score because my driver and approach shots were better than yesterday but unfortunately my putter was not. I made the birdie putt on 17 and that was very important to me.”

When asked how she would feel to break Lydia Ko’s record as the LET’s youngest winner, she replied “If I win, I will be very, very happy… so much… but tomorrow is the future so I’ll only focus on the processes and have fun.”

Boulden was six-under for her round coming to the 18th tee. She said: “I played really well and gave myself a lot of chances. The putter was really working and I holed a lot of good putts. I’m really annoyed that I finished with a bogey on the last but I made seven birdies out there. I played the front nine yesterday in four-over, so it was really pleasing to play it in three-under par today.”

Gustafsson Spang, who is paying her first visit to Asia, shot a 71 and said: “I had a great plan before the tournament and I think it’s very important to hit the fairway. I’ve been pretty strong from the tee because the rough is pretty thick.”

Mendendez also attributed her score to a solid course strategy. She said: “It’s a great course that makes you think and in the practice rounds, we were all talking about how it plays a little bit shorter than what we are used to on the LET, but you see the scores are not that low. I love that, because that means the course is asking you to strategize more than we are used to.”

Although she is handling the heat well, she considers the steamy conditions to be quite different from where she usually plays, at La Hacienda or Club de Golf Chapultepec, in Mexico City, where she says that temperatures are a relatively cool 20 degrees centigrade all year.

Pos.
Player
Score
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Ana MENENDEZ
-6
68
72
70
210
2
Atthaya THITIKUL (AM)
-5
70
71
70
211
T3
Amy BOULDEN
-2
73
74
67
214
T3
Pimpadsorn SANGKAGARO
-2
72
72
70
214
T3
Frida GUSTAFSSON SPANG
-2
73
70
71
214
6
Whitney HILLIER
-1
74
72
69
215
T7
Janya MORRAKOTPHAN
E
74
71
71
216
T7
Karolin LAMPERT
E
71
71
74
216

Round 2 - Menendez holds on ahead of young amateur

July 07, 2017
Ana Menendez of Mexico, Ladies European Thailand Championship R2 2017

Ana Menendez of Mexico shot a level par 72 in the second round of the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya on Friday morning to hold a slim one-stroke clubhouse lead over the impressive 14-year-old Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul, (below), who fired a 71.

Menendez continued her solid play after an opening 68 at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club on Thursday, when she led a Ladies European Tour event for the first time.

Despite being in a new position, the 25-year-old second year LET player from Mexico City said: “I am really happy with the way I handled myself on the course. I was a little nervous when I started but then I started to calm down. I’m happy with the way things went. I got into my game and forgot about everything. I am very excited and happy with all the work that I’ve been doing. This is what we practise for, to go into the weekend with a chance, so whatever happens, I am going to enjoy it.”

It was a breezy morning with a light rain shower early in the day, but the conditions failed to faze the teenage Thai National Team member, who has a chance to become the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour, should she continue her impressive form over the weekend.

She said after her round, “I’m very happy with my score. Today my driver and approach shots were not good and my putting was so, so, but tomorrow I will have the same game plan.”

When asked her thoughts on her performance so far, she was clearly thrilled and said: “Unbelievable! There is a little bit of pressure in a professional tournament but I will do my best to enjoy my game, but not think too much. I am having so much fun!”

Fellow Thai player Chonlada Chayanun was tied for the lead with Menendez on four-under-par after nine holes, while LET rookies Frida Gustafsson Spang and Luna Sobron were the next best placed players in the clubhouse on one-under-par.

Pos.
Player
Score
R1
R2
Total
1
Ana MENENDEZ
-4
68
72
140
2
Atthaya THITIKUL (AM)
-3
70
71
141
3
Karolin LAMPERT
-2
71
71
142
T4
Luna SOBRON
-1
72
71
143
T4
Frida GUSTAFSSON SPANG
-1
73
70
143
T4
Chonlada CHAYANUN
-1
68
75
143
T7
Pimpadsorn SANGKAGARO
E
72
72
144
T7
Lina BOQVIST
E
73
71
144
T7
Jessica KARLSSON
E
71
73
144

Round 1 - Menendez joins Chayanun in lead with career low round

July 06, 2017
Ana Menendez of Mexico, Ladies European Thailand Championship R1 2017

Ana Menendez of Mexico shot the lowest round of her career to join Chonlada Chayanun at the head of affairs on four-under-par 68 after the first round of the inaugural Ladies European Thailand Championship.

The 25-year-old second year professional from Mexico City made five birdies in her first 14 holes at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya on Thursday afternoon to grab a one stroke lead, but then dropped a shot at the par-3 16th to sit alongside the early starter.

“I’m very pleased with the way I played today. I stayed patient out there and I’m proud of how I focused and held it together,” said Menendez, who enjoyed playing in the heat, with temperatures around 32C. “I think this is a course where you need to strategize a lot, and I was doing that well. Some of the bounces can surprise you, so I was pleased with how I managed the course and I got up and down when I needed to and made two chip-ins today, so that helped.”

Menendez made two cuts from 10 starts last year as a rookie on tour but has already improved with a career best tie for 21st place at the Lalla Meryem Cup in 2017.

She continued: “This year so far has been a lot steadier for me. I’m the only Mexican player on tour and last year, I didn’t know a lot of the girls. We were playing so far away and it was a little overwhelming and I started losing my confidence. I’m very happy with my work in the off season and I’ve played more steadily. I’ve had some great experiences, like playing with Lydia Ko in the Lorena Ochoa Match Play, so I’m very happy with the way the year is turning out so far.”

Chayanun, meanwhile, birdied the fifth, sixth, 10th, 13th and 16th holes, with a solitary bogey on the par-3 11th. The 24-year-old from Nakhonrachasrima, nicknamed ‘Koi’, who was a 2015 ISU Athlete of the Year at Iowa State University in the United States, said: “My driver was really good. I hit 13 fairways today and missed only one, which is on hole 18. I hit 14 greens and made all the up and downs. My putting was good and I had 30 putts, but it could have been better.”

Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul, who is the youngest player in the field, sits two strokes back in solo third after an opening 70. The 14-year-old has the advantage of having played in the Thailand Ladies’ Amateur Championship on the same golf course twice before. Two years ago, she tied for fourth in the event with a three-round total of level par aged 12.

She said: “I’m so happy with my score today and it was so good. I used the experience of playing in the Honda LPGA Thailand to prepare for this. I hope to make the cut here and gain more experience.”

Norwegian Madelene Stavnar, who is the Ladies European Tour’s youngest member at 16, is a stroke further behind in a tie for fourth place with Jessica Karlsson of Sweden and Germany’s Karolin Lampert.

Stavnar said: “I am satisfied with the first round. Things can always be better but it was a rough start and then it got better. My driving, wedges and putting were working well. This is my first time in Thailand, so it’s a new country and I’m not used to the heat. It’s very different from home.”

There are five further players tied for seventh place on even par. They are last year’s LET Access Series order of merit winner Sarah Schober from Austria, Luna Sobron from Spain, Olivia Cowan from Germany and Thai pair Pajaree Anannarukarn and Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro.

Pos.
Player
Score
R1
T1
Chonlada CHAYANUN
-4
68
T1
Ana MENENDEZ
-4
68
3
Atthaya THITIKUL (AM)
-2
70
T4
Karolin LAMPERT
-1
71
T4
Madelene STAVNAR
-1
71
T4
Jessica KARLSSON
-1
71
T7
Pajaree ANANNARUKARN
E
72
T7
Pimpadsorn SANGKAGARO
E
72
T7
Olivia COWAN
E
72
T7
Luna SOBRON
E
72
T7
Sarah SCHOBER
E
72

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Atthaya THITIKUL 70 71 70 72 -5 283 N/A
2 Ana MENENDEZ 68 72 70 75 -3 285 € 45,000.00
3 Whitney HILLIER 74 72 69 71 -2 286 € 27,000.00
T4 Leticia RAS-ANDERICA 73 73 74 67 -1 287 € 14,100.00
T4 Parinda PHOKAN 75 73 71 68 -1 287 € 14,100.00
T4 Amy BOULDEN 73 74 67 73 -1 287 € 14,100.00
T7 Lina BOQVIST 73 71 73 71 E 288 € 8,100.00
T7 Ploychompoo WIRAIRUNGRUENG 73 73 71 71 E 288 € 8,100.00
T7 Frida GUSTAFSSON SPANG 73 70 71 74 E 288 € 8,100.00
T7 Pimpadsorn SANGKAGARO 72 72 70 74 E 288 € 8,100.00
11 Linda WESSBERG 75 73 70 71 1 289 € 6,900.00
T12 Jessica KARLSSON 71 73 73 73 2 290 € 6,450.00
T12 Sarah SCHOBER 72 73 72 73 2 290 € 6,450.00
T14 Jenny HAGLUND 75 75 73 68 3 291 € 5,700.00
T14 Pajaree ANANNARUKARN 72 74 74 71 3 291 € 5,700.00
T14 Olivia COWAN 72 75 73 71 3 291 € 5,700.00
T17 Chonlada CHAYANUN 68 75 78 71 4 292 € 4,575.00
T17 Florentyna PARKER 74 75 72 71 4 292 € 4,575.00
T17 Budsabakorn SUKAPAN 76 71 72 73 4 292 € 4,575.00
T17 Pauline DEL ROSARIO 76 71 72 73 4 292 € 4,575.00
T17 Eleanor GIVENS 78 72 69 73 4 292 € 4,575.00
T17 Camille CHEVALIER 74 71 72 75 4 292 € 4,575.00
T17 Anne VAN DAM 76 71 70 75 4 292 € 4,575.00
T17 Janya MORRAKOTPHAN 74 71 71 76 4 292 € 4,575.00
T25 Emma NILSSON 73 73 76 71 5 293 € 3,528.00
T25 Valentine DERREY 76 73 73 71 5 293 € 3,528.00
T25 Luna SOBRON 72 71 75 75 5 293 € 3,528.00
T25 Pakpring DUANGCHAN 73 74 71 75 5 293 € 3,528.00
T25 Karolin LAMPERT 71 71 74 77 5 293 € 3,528.00
T30 Lydia HALL 75 75 72 72 6 294 € 3,015.00
T30 Johanna GUSTAVSSON 77 70 74 73 6 294 € 3,015.00
T32 Wanchana PORUANGRONG 74 76 75 70 7 295 € 2,790.00
T32 Dussavi SOOPIMJIT 75 74 74 72 7 295 € 2,790.00
T32 Michele THOMSON 75 72 74 74 7 295 € 2,790.00
35 Minea BLOMQVIST 74 74 70 78 8 296 € 2,610.00
T36 Narisara KERDRIT 76 74 76 71 9 297 € 2,340.00
T36 Dolnapa PHUDTHIPINIJ 75 76 74 72 9 297 € 2,340.00
T36 Thanuttra BOONRAKSASAT 75 73 74 75 9 297 € 2,340.00
T36 Noemi JIMENEZ MARTIN 75 74 73 75 9 297 € 2,340.00
T36 Madelene STAVNAR 71 74 76 76 9 297 € 2,340.00
T41 Elia FOLCH 76 73 76 73 10 298 € 1,850.00
T41 Agathe SAUZON 75 72 76 75 10 298 € 1,850.00
T41 Nanthikarn RAKSACHAT 73 75 75 75 10 298 € 1,850.00
T41 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 75 71 76 76 10 298 € 1,850.00
T41 Ursula WIKSTROM 77 73 72 76 10 298 € 1,850.00
T41 Pinrath LOOMBOONRUANG 75 73 73 77 10 298 € 1,850.00
T47 Renuka SUKSUKONT 73 72 80 74 11 299 € 1,560.00
T47 Cathryn BRISTOW 74 72 79 74 11 299 € 1,560.00
T47 Christine WOLF 75 72 75 77 11 299 € 1,560.00
T50 Andrea WONG 73 77 79 71 12 300 € 1,410.00
T50 Chloe LEURQUIN 76 73 78 73 12 300 € 1,410.00
T52 Pamela PRETSWELL 76 75 75 75 13 301 € 1,290.00
T52 Cajsa PERSSON 77 74 73 77 13 301 € 1,290.00
T54 Prima THAMMARAKS 73 78 78 73 14 302 € 1,086.00
T54 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 73 76 79 74 14 302 € 1,086.00
T54 Annabel DIMMOCK 73 76 77 76 14 302 € 1,086.00
T54 Gabriella COWLEY 74 75 76 77 14 302 € 1,086.00
T54 Vani KAPOOR 73 77 75 77 14 302 € 1,086.00
T59 Piyathida PLOYUMSRI 75 76 77 75 15 303 € 930.00
T59 Punpaka PHUNTUMABAMRUNG 74 75 75 79 15 303 € 930.00
T59 Amandeep DRALL 77 72 75 79 15 303 € 930.00
62 Sock Hwee KOH 77 74 77 76 16 304 € 870.00
63 Sophie SANDOLO 76 75 80 74 17 305 € 840.00
64 Nemittra JUNTANAKET 73 74 79 80 18 306 € 810.00
65 Inci MEHMET 74 75 80 81 22 310 € 780.00
66 Celina YUAN 77 72 84 79 24 312 € 750.00
67 Lauren HORSFORD 80 70 82 81 25 313 € 720.00
CUT
T68 Vikki LAING 78 74 8 152
T68 Trichat CHEENGLAB 78 74 8 152
T70 Oona VARTIAINEN 73 80 9 153
T70 Emma WESTIN 78 75 9 153
T70 Laura JANSONE 75 78 9 153
T70 Maha HADDIOUI 77 76 9 153
T70 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 75 78 9 153
T70 Pattaraporn MOUNCHOO 74 79 9 153
T76 Amy WALSH 78 76 10 154
T76 Kamonwan LUEAMSRI 78 76 10 154
T76 Nuria ITURRIOS 77 77 10 154
T76 Krista BAKKER 76 78 10 154
T76 Wannasiri SIRISAMPANT 79 75 10 154
T76 Nattagate NIMITPONGKUL 79 75 10 154
T76 Alisara WEDCHAKAMA 76 78 10 154
T76 Noora TAMMINEN 79 75 10 154
T76 Natalia ESCURIOLA MARTINEZ 74 80 10 154
T85 Kylie HENRY 80 75 11 155
T85 Valdis Thora JONSDOTTIR 78 77 11 155
T85 Sasikarn SOMBOONSUP 79 76 11 155
T85 Neha TRIPATHI 79 76 11 155
T85 Sanna NUUTINEN 80 75 11 155
T85 Isabella RAMSAY 73 82 11 155
T85 Nimmitra JUNTANAKET 77 78 11 155
T85 Ajira NUALRAKSA 78 77 11 155
T93 Chatprapa SIRIPRAKOB 79 77 12 156
T93 Gwladys NOCERA 78 78 12 156
T93 Pitsaon CHAICHOMPOO 76 80 12 156
T93 Nichakorn RAKSACHAT 77 79 12 156
T93 Chalisa LIMPIPOLPAIBUL 79 77 12 156
T93 Nicole GARCIA 80 76 12 156
T99 Kanyalak PREEDASUTTIJIT 83 74 13 157
T99 Preenaphan POOMKLAY 83 74 13 157
T99 Saraporn CHAMCHOI 77 80 13 157
T99 Lauren TAYLOR 74 83 13 157
T103 Kusuma MEECHAI 73 85 14 158
T103 Liz YOUNG 78 80 14 158
T103 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 78 80 14 158
T103 Amolkan PHALAJIVIN 77 81 14 158
T103 Cristawan RUNGRUANG 75 83 14 158
T103 Sophie WALKER 80 78 14 158
T109 Suchaya TANGKAMOLPRASERT 80 79 15 159
T109 Stacey PETERS 81 78 15 159
T109 Kelsey MACDONALD 81 78 15 159
T112 Jidapha PHONGTHANACHALITKUN 81 79 16 160
T112 Yin May MYO 81 79 16 160
T114 Tanaporn HIRANRAK 82 79 17 161
T114 Aunchisa UTAMA 79 82 17 161
T114 Pannapa POLNAMIN 85 76 17 161
T114 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 81 80 17 161
T118 Fabienne IN-ALBON 81 81 18 162
T118 Mookharin LADGRATOK 82 80 18 162
T118 Alexandra BONETTI 80 82 18 162
T121 Pattraporn SRIPATRPRASITE 83 80 19 163
T121 Chouvarest CHOURKITTISOPON 83 80 19 163
T121 Napaphan PHONGPAIBOON 80 83 19 163
T121 Victoria LOVELADY 82 81 19 163
125 Nichapat TONKAEW 80 84 20 164
Withdrawn Players
Janjira TIENSAARD 86 E

 

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DATES: July 06-09
SITE: Phoenix Golf & Country Club, Chon Buri, near Pattaya
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