Thai teen breaks record for youngest professional win in golf


first_imgShe burst into the first day with a two under 70, struck a 71 on day two and another 70 on day three.She began the final day one shot behind Menendez, 25, facing the daunting task of keeping the finish line in sight.The first nine she shot two bogeys and a birdie but was helped by a poor start from Menendez who fired four bogeys, giving the rising Thai star a cushion as the two went into the back nine.If Atthaya felt pressure, she did not show it, firing another birdie on the back nine and calmly slotting home the final par putt.“I’m so proud and so happy for my score and win this week,” she told reporters in slightly broken English moments after her win. “I’m so excited, thank you so much.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Her victory smashes the current record set by Canada’s Brooke Henderson who won the Canadian Women’s Tour in June 2012 aged 14 years, nine months and three days.She also beats the Ladies European Tour record held by former number one Lydia Ko who took the 2013 New Zealand Open aged 15 years, nine months and 17 days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAtthaya, who hails from Thailand’s western province of Rachaburi, turned 14 on 20 February. Local media said she first picked up a golf club aged six.The shy but seemingly always smiling teenager had a dream week at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya. As an amateur, she does not take home any prize winnings.That means the top €45,000 ($51,000) prize went to runner up-Menendez while €27,500 went to third placed pro Whitney Hillier.Final top scores for the Ladies European Thailand Championship at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya.283 – Atthaya Tithikul (THA) 70-17-70-72285 – Ana Menedez (MEX) 68-72-70-75286 – Whitney Hillier (AUS) 74-72-69-71287 – Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER) 73-73-74-67; Parinda Phokan (THA) 75-73-71-68; Amy Boulden (WAL) 73-74-67-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Atthaya Thitikul (Photo from her Facebook page)BANGKOK, Thailand — A Thai teenager became the youngest known winner of a professional golf tournament on Sunday, overcoming huge pressure to secure a two-shot victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya.There were gasps from the crowd as Atthaya Thitikul – aged just 14 years and four months – calmly slotted home a must-win final putt on the 18th to see off Ana Menendez of Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Marquez ‘surprised’ Pacquiao failed to stop Horn in 10th roundlast_img

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