Awesome Atthaya makes it two in a row

Awesome Atthaya makes it two in a row

Atthaya Thitikul is all smiles after her triumph in Khon Kaen. PR
Atthaya Thitikul is all smiles after her triumph in Khon Kaen. PR

Teenage sensation Atthaya Thitikul secured a wire-to-wire three-shot victory at the seventh leg of the 2020 Singha-SAT Thai LPGA Championship in Khon Kaen on Saturday.

It was her second successive win, and third overall, on the Thai LPGA Tour.

Atthaya closed with a four-under-par 68 to win on 11-under 205 at Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club.

The 17-year-old, who was tied for the lead with Prima Thammarak after two rounds, made five birdies against a lone bogey.

Chonlada Chaiyanan, who won the 2019 Order of Merit award, shot a final-round 68 to finish joint-second with Symetra Tour player Prima (71) on eight under.

Atthaya, who turned professional this year, took home 120,000 baht in prize money and extended her lead on the Order of Merit list at the end of the seventh tournament.

Chonlada and Prima got 62,500 baht each from the total purse of one million baht.

"I am really happy with the win because I wanted it as a birthday present for my mother and my coach," said Ratchaburi-native Atthaya.

Atthaya, who led by one shot after the opening round, said her target in every tournament is to improve her game.

"Actually, my target in any tournament is not about winning the title. I just want to continue improving my game and learn as much as I can," said Atthaya who has won two Ladies European Tour titles as an amateur.

Sherman Santiwiwattanaphong (68) and Arpichaya Yubol (71) shared fourth place on seven under while Trichat Cheenglab (71) was one stroke back in sixth place.

The eighth leg of the Singha-SAT Thai LPGA championship will be staged at Kabin Buri Sport Club in Prachin Buri from Oct 9-31.

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