Ladies European Thailand Championship R3

Thitikul taking 8-stroke lead into final day

June 20-23
Phoenix Golf Golf & Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Teen prodigy and ex-champion Atthaya Thitikul continued to demonstrate her extraordinary talent as she built a commanding eight-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Ladies European Thailand Championship at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.

Ladies European Thailand Championship R3 - Thitikul taking 8-stroke lead into final day
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The youngest winner on the LET at only 14 in the inaugural edition at the Pattaya venue two years ago, Atthaya started with a two-stroke lead over Esther Henseleit and opened her third round with a birdie on the fifth, followed by a sensational eagle on the long seventh, taking a three stroke lead through the turn.

The 16-year-old from Ratchaburi then made five birdies in succession from holes 10-14 and made another gain on the par-3 16th in a flawless, bogey-free nine-under-par 63, which was the lowest round in the three-year history of the championship.

Her nine-under round was one stroke better than the previous course record, an eight-under 63 recorded by Scott Vincent from Zimbabwe in the third round of the 2018 Queens Cup, but amazingly, the best 18-hole score of her young amateur career so far is a final round of 12-under-par 60 in last year’s World Junior Girls’ Championship in Canada.


Thitikul, who won the Youth Olympics gold medal in a mixed event last year, along with the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship, remained a picture of relaxation and approachability, humming a song to herself as she plotted her way around the course.

She said afterwards: “I put the ball where I wanted it to go and it was near the pin. I gave myself easy putts and made them. On the back nine, I played easy golf and it made me feel more confident.

“I don’t want to talk about the future because anything can happen but I will play my game and do my best.”

At 17-under-par, Thitikul is eight clear of German pair Henseleit (69) and Olivia Cowan (67). Norwegian duo Marianne Skarpnord (69) Tonje Daffinrud (69) and American Beth Allen (70) share fourth on eight-under, while the defending champion Kanyalak Preedajuttijit is tied for ninth.

Henseleit made five birdies but bogeyed the 16th and 18th. Still smiling, but a little shaken, she said: “I played really well the first few holes but sadly I finished with two bogeys. Being eight shots back going into the final round isn’t what I was hoping for. Around the turn on 10, 11 and 13 I also played quite well and made birdies so it was a lot of fun but I couldn’t keep up with her.”


Cowan made five birdies in a bogey-free round and said: “It was a lot cooler playing today, although it’s always hot playing in Thailand. I definitely earned my ice-cream today. I had a lot of fun out there. I was hitting really good shots, really close and my putting was a lot better than yesterday and I was reading them better and stroking them better, so that’s what I would say was really good today.

“I think 100 per cent the weather made scoring better, because it was so much easier playing and walking. I was way more relaxed and I would say it was the weather.”

She conceded that she would probably be playing for second on Sunday, with Thitikul eight clear. “Anything can happen on the last day but we’re probably playing for second unless she doesn’t play as well as she did today. I’m just excited to see how she plays and have a great day tomorrow.”

Beth Allen will play in the penultimate group, with Whitney Hillier and Swedish rookie Filippa Moork.

Allen said: “I’m kind of gutted I’m not in the last group because I’d love to see (Atthaya). That score is incredible. Nine under today is amazing. The majority of the field is at nine-under for the week, so tremendous scoring and I’m sure she has a really bright future.”

If she continues to play well and wins the title for a second time in three years on Sunday, Thitikul will qualify for the Evian Championship and the AIG Women’s British Open, where last year she won the Smyth Salver as the leading amateur.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Atthaya Thitikul (THA) (a)
-17
69
67
63
199
2
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-9
68
72
67
207
2
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-9
70
68
69
207
4
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-6
73
69
68
210
4
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
-6
71
70
69
210
4
Beth Allen (USA)
-6
69
71
70
210
7
Chorphaka Jaengkit (THA)
-4
75
71
66
212
7
Nattagate Nimitpongkul (THA)
-4
75
70
67
212
9
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
-3
69
74
70
213
9
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-3
72
71
70
213
9
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-3
67
74
72
213
9
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
-3
73
68
72
213
9
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
-3
71
69
73
213
14
Chonlada Chayanun (THA)
-2
73
71
70
214
14
Hannah Burke (ENG)
-2
75
69
70
214
14
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-2
73
70
71
214
14
Onkanok Soisuwan (THA)
-2
69
72
73
214
18
Trichat Cheenglab (THA)
-1
72
75
68
215
18
Pannapa Polnamin (THA)
-1
71
74
70
215
18
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
-1
71
73
71
215
18
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
-1
69
73
73
215
18
Renuka Suksukont (THA)
-1
73
69
73
215
18
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-1
72
70
73
215
18
Filippa Moork (SWE)
-1
70
71
74
215
25
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
Par
76
72
68
216
25
Parinda Phokan (THA)
Par
71
74
71
216
25
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
Par
72
72
72
216
25
Diksha Dagar (IND)
Par
72
72
72
216
25
Kusuma Meechai (THA)
Par
72
72
72
216
25
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
Par
72
70
74
216
31
Tvesa Malik (IND)
1
75
73
69
217
31
Becky Morgan (WAL)
1
72
74
71
217
31
Kultida Pramphun (THA)
1
69
75
73
217
31
Pitsaon Chaichompoo (THA)
1
72
72
73
217
31
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
1
72
70
75
217
31
Liz Young (ENG)
1
70
72
75
217
37
Dolnapa Phudthipinij (THA)
2
77
71
70
218
37
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
2
72
75
71
218
37
Aunchisa Utama (THA)
2
76
70
72
218
37
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
2
71
74
73
218
37
Karolin Lampert (GER)
2
72
72
74
218
37
Chakansim Kamborn (THA)
2
71
73
74
218
37
Ching-Ling Chang (TPE)
2
74
69
75
218
44
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
3
71
77
71
219
44
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
3
71
77
71
219
44
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
3
77
71
71
219
44
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
3
75
72
72
219
44
Michele Thomson (SCO)
3
73
74
72
219
44
Yupaporn Kawinpakorn (THA)
3
73
74
72
219
44
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
3
71
75
73
219
44
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
3
72
73
74
219
44
Carly Booth (SCO)
3
70
74
75
219
53
Chayanit Wangmahaporn (THA) (a)
4
74
73
73
220
53
Chalisa Limpipolpaibul (THA)
4
74
73
73
220
53
Kylie Henry (SCO)
4
71
75
74
220
53
Phannarai Meesom-Us (THA) (a)
4
71
75
74
220
57
Silvia Banon (ESP)
5
75
72
74
221
57
Arpichaya Yubol (THA)
5
72
73
76
221
57
Astha Madan (IND)
5
77
68
76
221
60
Elia Folch (ESP)
6
73
75
74
222
60
Niina Liias (FIN)
6
73
75
74
222
60
Sarunchana Rattansin (THA) (a)
6
77
70
75
222
60
Holly Clyburn (ENG)
6
74
73
75
222
60
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
6
74
71
77
222
60
Tahnia Ravnjak (AUS)
6
70
75
77
222
66
Nattapan Siritrai (THA)
7
78
70
75
223
66
Ornnicha Konsunthea (THA)
7
74
72
77
223
68
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
9
76
71
78
225
69
Hyun Ju Yoo (KOR)
10
75
73
78
226
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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