Tantikorn and Arisa enjoy double delights

Tantikorn and Arisa enjoy double delights

Tantikorn Klinpeng reacts after his victory at the JAT event.
Tantikorn Klinpeng reacts after his victory at the JAT event.

Tantikorn Klinpeng and Arisa Bintachitt won the boys' and girls' open and B class titles as the inaugural Junior Asian Tour golf tournament came to a conclusion at the Southern Hills Golf & Country Club in Hat Yai on Sunday.

Tantikorn, a protege of the Thongchai Jaidee Golf Academy, signed off with a 73 and a total one-over-par-217 to triumph in the boy's B class (age 13-14), beating Sarunyapong Hongamata by 17 strokes. His total of 217 also propelled him to the boy's open crown.

"I was unable to hit the driver the way I wanted to and missed some fairways. So, I had to switch to a 3 wood on some holes," said the 13-year-old from Rayong province.

"I'm happy that I won, but I should have done better. There were some mistakes I shouldn't have made. I need to go home and try to fix this issue," added Tantikorn who won the JAT Qualifiers last December.

In the girls' B class, Arisa bounced back from two bogeys on the second and fourth holes to fire three birdies on the back nine and finished her campaign with a 71 and a three-day total of two-over-par-218. She beat Thai-French Louise Uma Landgraf by six strokes.

"I was trying to be patient out there, hitting one shot at a time," said Arisa who also won the girl's open trophy. "I had to stay solid, focus on my breathing technique and tried not to rush. It's so amazing to win this week," she added.

In the A class (age 15-18) division, Wittaya Ngamhom pipped Ingtawan Wangrungwichaisri in the boys' event by a stroke after each hit an ending 75. Wittaya's seven-over-par 223 saw him walk away with the victory with Ingtawan coming at second on 224.

The girls' trophy went to Pryfon Prom-on who closed with a 74 and a total 14-over-par 230, 34 shots better than Peeyaporn Intasae.

Winners of class A and B will earn wildcard entries into the Thailand Mixed circuits 1-3 due later this year.

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