Thai, who might end up being youngest Ladies European Trip winner, one behind leader Menendez
pattaya: Amateur Atthaya Thitikul, who at 14, has a possibility to end up being the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Trip today.
The Thai schoolgirl, who turned 14 in February, shot a two-under-par 70 in the 3rd round the other day to stay one shot behind leader Ana Menendez as the EUR300,000 (approx 12 million baht) Ladies European Thailand Champion heads into today’s last round.
World No. 4 Lydia Ko presently holds the LET record having actually won the 2013 New Zealand Open aged 15 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Atthaya relocated to five-under 211 while Mexican Menendez, who likewise shot the exact same rating, led on 6 under at Phoenix Gold Golf and Nation Club.
Another Thai Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro (70) was connected 3rd with Amy Boulden (67) of Wales and Swedish novice Frida Gustafsson Spang (71 ).
Menendez made a nervy start to the 3rd round with a bogey on her very first hole, however she birdied the 4th and afterwards held it together.
” I was truly anxious at the start. I believe my very first shot was the worst of the day without a doubt, however I more than happy I had the ability to get it back on the back 9. I do not believe I was striking it as strong as few days ago,” stated Menendez.
Although 5 rivals– Menendez, Atthaya, Boulden, Whitney Hllier and Lina Boqvist– held a share of the lead early in the round, both Menendez and Atthaya birdied the long seventh to re-establish their supremacy. They headed into the back 9 connected on 3 under, one ahead of Boulden, who then bogeyed the par-five 18th.
After Atthaya bogeyed the 10th, Menendez was quickly signed up with by Pimpadsorn at the top, however Menendez birdied 12 to take a one-stroke benefit prior to she and Atthaya both birdied the last 2 holes.
Atthaya stated: “I feel so pleased with my rating due to the fact that my motorist and method shots were much better than the other day however regrettably my putter was not. I made the birdie putt on 17 which was really crucial to me.”
When asked how she would feel to break Ko’s record as the LET’s youngest winner, she responded: “If I win, I will be really, really pleased a lot … however tomorrow is the future so I’ll just concentrate on the procedures and have a good time.”
Mendendez likewise associated her rating to a strong course method.
” It’s an excellent course that makes you believe and in the practice rounds, we were all speaking about how it plays a bit much shorter than what we are utilized to on the LET, however you see ball games are not that low. I enjoy that, since that indicates the course is asking you to strategise more than we are utilized to.”