At­thaya schools com­pe­ti­tion in Dutch Open vic­tory

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Teen phe­nom At­thaya Thi­tikul con­tin­ued her great run of form af­ter fir­ing a course record nine-un­der 63 to win the girls’ event at the Dutch Ju­nior Open at Toxan­dria Golf Club in Breda on Satur­day.

At­thaya, who turned 14 in Fe­bru­ary, be­came the youngest known win­ner of a pro­fes­sional golf tour event with her vic­tory at the inau­gu­ral Ladies Euro­pean Thai­land Cham­pi­onship in Pat­taya ear­lier this month.

At­thaya, from Ratch­aburi, shot 10 birdies against a sin­gle bo­gey in her fi­nal round on Satur­day to fin­ish on tour­na­men­trecord 20-un­der 268, eight shots ahead of Tilda Larsson of Swe­den, who hit a fi­nal­round 68.

China’s Zhang Jing­wen (71) claimed third place af­ter fin­ish­ing on five-un­der 283.

The vic­tory also handed At­thaya a spot at the South African Women’s Open, a Ladies Euro­pean Tour event.

Fel­low Thai Manuschaya Zeemakorn fin­ished eighth on two-over 290 af­ter a 71.

At­thaya is the fourth Thai win­ner of the girls’ tour­na­ment af­ter Thi­dapa Suwan­na­pura (2010), Pan­narat Thanapol­boon­yaras (2014) and Pimnipa Pan­thong (2015).

In the boys’ event, Atiruj Wi­naicharoen­chai (67) fin­ished tied for fifth on eigh­tun­der 280, while Sadom Kaewkan­jana shot a clos­ing 71 and was joint seventh on seven-un­der 281.

Thomas Slo­man of Eng­land shot a 69 to win the ti­tle on 13-un­der 275.

The tour­na­ment fea­tured 160 top ju­nior golfers from 15 coun­tries.

BREAK­THROUGH FOR SURADIT

Suradit Yongcharoen­chai claimed his break­through win at the two-mil­lion­baht Singha Hua Hin Open in Prachuap Khiri Khan yes­ter­day.

The 18-year-old ris­ing star from Nakhon Pathom shot a three-un­der-par 68 for 16-un­der 268 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.

He took home the 300,000-baht win­ner’s cheque from the All Thai­land Golf Tour event.

Overnight leader Suradit had four birdies on Nos.1, 7, 12 and 15 and a bo­gey on No.14.

“It’s a great feel­ing to have fi­nally won my first pro ti­tle,” said Suradit. “I came close on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and I think I learned a lot from that.

“I felt a bit un­der pres­sure com­ing into the fi­nal round, but the fact that I was paired with Prom [Mee­sawat] and Chawalit [Plaphol], who I know well, helped me re­lax.

“It was a bit tense at 15 where I was just one stroke ahead. But Chawalit dropped a shot on the next hole. So it was eas­ier for me on my last two holes,” said Suradit, who added that he will take a week off be­fore head­ing to In­dia to com­pete at the TAKE So­lu­tions Mas­ters, an Asian Tour event.

Jazz Janewat­tananond (68) and Chawalit (68) shared sec­ond place on 14-un­der 270. Each re­ceived 149,500 baht.

Chapchai Ni­rat (67) and Gunn Charoenkul (68) were a fur­ther stroke back tied for fourth.

Kam­malas Na­muan­gruk was the best am­a­teur with a to­tal score of three-un­der 281. Kam­malas, a mem­ber of the SEA Games na­tional team, was a joint first round leader.

LEAD­ING FI­NAL ROUND SCORES

(Par-71)

268 — Suradit Yongcharoen­chai 68-70-62-68

270 — Jazz Janewat­tananond 65-68-69-68, Chawalit Plaphol 68-67-67-68

271 — Chapchai Ni­rat 68-69-67-67, Gunn Charoenkul 67-66-70-68

272 — Prom Mee­sawat 71-65-66-70, Dan­thai Boonma 67-71-69-65, Set­tee Prakongvech 68-67-69-68

273 — It­thipat Bu­ranatan­yarat 71-65-70-67, Pawin Ingkhapra­dit 68-67-69-69, Mee­chok Phan­tharak 69-72-68-64

274 — Su­ti­jet Kooratanapisan 68-65-69-72, Ratchapol Jan­tavara 70-68-68-68

Suradit Yongcharoen­chai af­ter win­ning the Singha Hua Hin Open.

At­thaya Thi­tikul poses with the Dutch Ju­nior Open trophy.

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