Ladies European Thailand Championship R2

Thitikul aiming for second win in 3 years in Thailand

June 20-23
Phoenix Golf Golf & Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand
€300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul took a two-stroke lead on Friday in the Ladies European Thailand Championship, in her bid to win the title for the second time in three years.

Thitikul aiming for second win in 3 years in Thailand

The 16-year-old from Ratchaburi shot a 67 for an 8-under total at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, two clear of German rookie professional Esther Henseleit.

Thitikul was the youngest ever winner of a women’s professional golf tournament when she won the title two years ago at 14 years, 4 months and 19 days with a 72-hole total of five-under-par.

She carded six birdies and one bogey in hot weather on Friday, saying that she expected the winning score to be closer to 15-under.


“My game today was really good and I put the ball where I wanted it to go. It was the same on the greens. Everything today was good, except that my putter was really good. I hit the irons near to the pin and gave myself some easy putts,” said the 2018 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific champion, who also won the Smyth Salver as the leading amateur at last year’s Women’s British Open.

She added that she always sings Thai songs to herself in her head as she plays. “I want to play my best, enjoy my game and sing a song around the golf course.”

Also trying to win the title is the LET’s leading rookie, Henseleit, who shot a 68. She captured her first professional title in the LET Access Series’ Skatfö Open in Sweden on Saturday.

The 20-year-old from Hamburg was convinced to take a local caddie in the second round, who protected her from the blazing sunshine by carrying an umbrella, as she had been struggling in the heat and humidity during the first round.

She said afterwards: “It was an adventure today. I had a triple bogey on the second, so not the start you’re hoping for. I was in the trees on the right and tried to chip out but it stayed in the trees. I chipped out and was left of the green. Then I made a pretty bad chip shot and three-putted.


“I thought, okay, that happens, and I set myself short term goals. I said, I want to be even par after nine, so I have to play three birdies now on the first nine. It worked out pretty well and I was even par after eight and then I had a bogey on nine. I birdied 11, 12 and eagled 13, so I was minus three and then I bogeyed 14, because I had a plugged bunker shot and finished birdie, birdie. On the last hole, I chipped in for birdie, so that was a great way to finish the round.

“I got my first win last week on the LET Access Series last week and it’s been a great year so far. I was a bit jet lagged and tired from the last few weeks, but I really like this course. It’s too hot, although I like the warm weather. I’ll keep trying to continue doing what I’ve been doing the last few days.”

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Henseleit is two strokes clear of Carmen Alonso, Beth Allen and Olivia Cowan at midway.

The 2016 order of merit winner, Allen, who shot a 71, said: “I lost my confidence a bit recently but the belief is back and when I’m standing on the tee, I feel like I’m going to hit it well. It’s the same when I’m on the green. It’s just a different mindset and it feels really good to be competing again and around the top of the leader board.”

The first round leader, Lina Boqvist, had a 74 and dropped into a six-way tie for sixth place with Whitney Hillier, Filippa Moork, Tonje Daffinrud and Onkanok Soisuwan, aged 18.

Of the 11 Thai teenagers in the field, six made the cut and the best young Thai players will be playing at Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club this weekend.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Atthaya Thitikul (THA) (a)
-8
69
67
136
2
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-6
70
68
138
3
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
-4
71
69
140
3
Beth Allen (USA)
-4
69
71
140
3
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-4
68
72
140
6
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
-3
73
68
141
6
Filippa Moork (SWE)
-3
70
71
141
6
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
-3
71
70
141
6
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-3
67
74
141
6
Onkanok Soisuwan (THA)
-3
69
72
141
11
Liz Young (ENG)
-2
70
72
142
11
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-2
72
70
142
11
Renuka Suksukont (THA)
-2
73
69
142
11
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
-2
69
73
142
11
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
-2
72
70
142
11
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
-2
72
70
142
11
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-2
73
69
142
18
Ching-Ling Chang (TPE)
-1
74
69
143
18
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-1
72
71
143
18
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
-1
69
74
143
18
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-1
73
70
143
22
Kusuma Meechai (THA)
Par
72
72
144
22
Hannah Burke (ENG)
Par
75
69
144
22
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
Par
71
73
144
22
Diksha Dagar (IND)
Par
72
72
144
22
Pitsaon Chaichompoo (THA)
Par
72
72
144
22
Chonlada Chayanun (THA)
Par
73
71
144
22
Kultida Pramphun (THA)
Par
69
75
144
22
Carly Booth (SCO)
Par
70
74
144
22
Chakansim Kamborn (THA)
Par
71
73
144
22
Karolin Lampert (GER)
Par
72
72
144
22
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
Par
72
72
144
33
Nattagate Nimitpongkul (THA)
1
75
70
145
33
Tahnia Ravnjak (AUS)
1
70
75
145
33
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
1
74
71
145
33
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
1
72
73
145
33
Astha Madan (IND)
1
77
68
145
33
Parinda Phokan (THA)
1
71
74
145
33
Arpichaya Yubol (THA)
1
72
73
145
33
Pannapa Polnamin (THA)
1
71
74
145
33
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
1
71
74
145
42
Chorphaka Jaengkit (THA)
2
75
71
146
42
Phannarai Meesom-Us (THA) (a)
2
71
75
146
42
Becky Morgan (WAL)
2
72
74
146
42
Aunchisa Utama (THA)
2
76
70
146
42
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
2
71
75
146
42
Ornnicha Konsunthea (THA)
2
74
72
146
42
Kylie Henry (SCO)
2
71
75
146
49
Yupaporn Kawinpakorn (THA)
3
73
74
147
49
Chalisa Limpipolpaibul (THA)
3
74
73
147
49
Michele Thomson (SCO)
3
73
74
147
49
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
3
74
73
147
49
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
3
75
72
147
49
Silvia Banon (ESP)
3
75
72
147
49
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
3
72
75
147
49
Chayanit Wangmahaporn (THA) (a)
3
74
73
147
49
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
3
76
71
147
49
Trichat Cheenglab (THA)
3
72
75
147
49
Sarunchana Rattansin (THA) (a)
3
77
70
147
60
Tvesa Malik (IND)
4
75
73
148
60
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
4
77
71
148
60
Niina Liias (FIN)
4
73
75
148
60
Dolnapa Phudthipinij (THA)
4
77
71
148
60
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
4
76
72
148
60
Elia Folch (ESP)
4
73
75
148
60
Hyun Ju Yoo (KOR)
4
75
73
148
60
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
4
71
77
148
60
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
4
71
77
148
60
Nattapan Siritrai (THA)
4
78
70
148
CUT
70
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
5
75
74
149
70
Krista Bakker (FIN)
5
73
76
149
70
Mookharin Ladgratok (THA)
5
76
73
149
70
Becky Brewerton (WAL)
5
76
73
149
70
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
5
76
73
149
70
Narisara Kerdrit (THA)
5
73
76
149
70
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
5
73
76
149
70
Kamonwan Lueamsri (THA)
5
76
73
149
78
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
6
79
71
150
78
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
6
76
74
150
78
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
6
74
76
150
78
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
6
73
77
150
78
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
6
80
70
150
78
Sian Evans (ENG)
6
77
73
150
78
Manon Gidali (FRA)
6
74
76
150
78
Trish Johnson (ENG)
6
75
75
150
78
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
6
75
75
150
87
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
7
77
74
151
87
Manon Molle (FRA)
7
73
78
151
87
Cristawan Rungruang (THA)
7
76
75
151
87
Chatprapa Siriprakob (THA)
7
79
72
151
87
Amy Walsh (AUS)
7
75
76
151
87
Chommapat Pongthanarak (THA)
7
73
78
151
87
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
7
74
77
151
87
Wad Phaewchimplee (THA)
7
76
75
151
87
Saraporn Chamchoi (THA)
7
74
77
151
87
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
7
78
73
151
87
Waralee Atcharerk (THA)
7
76
75
151
98
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
8
79
73
152
98
Eun Gyeom Hong (KOR)
8
80
72
152
98
Wannasiri Sirisampant (THA)
8
75
77
152
98
Chanokhan Angurasaranee (THA) (a)
8
78
74
152
98
Dussavi Soopimjit (THA)
8
79
73
152
98
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
8
77
75
152
98
Ornniti Jullasigkee (THA)
8
77
75
152
98
Goonlacha Paiboonpong (THA)
8
77
75
152
98
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
8
78
74
152
107
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
9
73
80
153
107
Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro (THA)
9
80
73
153
107
Sarah Schober (AUT)
9
77
76
153
107
Justine Dreher (FRA)
9
79
74
153
107
Lydia Hall (WAL)
9
80
73
153
112
Sitanart Singhanart (THA)
10
77
77
154
112
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
10
79
75
154
114
Preenaphan Poomklay (THA)
11
80
75
155
114
Samaporn Khangkhun (THA)
11
81
74
155
114
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
11
76
79
155
117
Jidapha Phongthanachalitkun (THA)
12
81
75
156
117
Pattaraporn Mounchoo (THA)
12
77
79
156
117
Ana Menendez (MEX)
12
77
79
156
120
Chai-Wen Tai (TPE)
14
80
78
158
120
Ploy Hiranrak (THA)
14
84
74
158
120
Peerada Piddon (THA)
14
81
77
158
123
Manuschaya Zeemakorn (THA)
15
76
83
159
124
Alisara Wedchakama (THA)
17
80
81
161
125
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
19
83
80
163
126
Babe Liu (TPE)
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