Thai amateur shines on breezy day at Thailand Champion as Menendez hangs on to leading area
Pattaya: Thailand’s 14-year-old increasing star Atthaya Thitikul was one shot off the speed at the midway phase of the Ladies European Thailand Champion the other day.
The amateur golf player from Ratchaburi, who is a pal of world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, shot a one-under-par 71 at the par-72 Phoenix Gold Golf and Nation Club to sit at three-under 141, one behind leader Ana Menendez of Mexico.
It was a hot and breezy 2nd day, with light morning rain, however the conditions stopped working to faze the teenage Thai nationwide employee, who has an opportunity to end up being the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Trip, needs to she continue her outstanding type over the weekend.
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 stated after her round: “I’m really pleased with my rating. Today my motorist and method shots were bad and my putting was so so, however tomorrow I will have the very same strategy.”
When inquired about her ideas on her efficiency up until now, she was plainly delighted and included: “Amazing! There is a bit of pressure in an expert competition however I will do my finest to enjoy my video game, however not believe excessive. I am having a lot enjoyable!”
The teen turned 14 on Feb 20, 3 days prior to teeing up in the Honda LPGA Thailand occasion, where she ended up joint 37th in a star-studded field.
Quick forward to today, and she is now going after Menendez, who shot a level par 72 in the 2nd round and continues to lead an LET occasion for the very first time.
Menendez, a 25-year-old second-year LET gamer from Mexico City, stated: “I am actually pleased with the method I managed myself on the course. I was a little anxious when I began however then I began to relax. I enjoy with the method things went. I entered my video game and forgotten whatever.
” I am really thrilled and pleased with all the work that I have actually been doing. This is what we practice for, to enter into the weekend with an opportunity, so whatever takes place, I am going to enjoy it.”
Germany’s Karolin Lampert was 3rd after her 2nd succeeding 71, while LET novice Frida Gustafsson Spang shot a 70– the joint least expensive round of the day with Johanna Gustavsson– to share 4th with Luna Sobron (71) of Spain and over night co-leader Chonlada Chayanun (75) on one-under 143.