Kanyalak Preedasuttijit won the Ladies European Thailand Championship on her home course at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya.
With rounds of 70, 68, 66 and 69, the 20-year-old from Chonburi posted a winning total of 15 under par, earning 45,000 euros and a place in this year’s two European Majors; the Ricoh Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.
Ladies European Thailand Championship
She ended the tournament one stroke clear of 17-year-old Korean amateur Selin Hyun, who shot a sizzling 65 in the final round – improving by 10 strokes on her opening round of 75.
Fellow Thai player Chonlada Chayanun shot 69 and ended four strokes back in third place, but took home the second prize money worth 27,000 euros due to Hyun’s amateur status, while Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands closed with a 71 to end alone in fourth on nine-under-par.
Thai player Arpichaya Yubol, just 16 and known as “Piano”, was supported by her 13-year-old brother as her caddie and shot a 66 to end in fifth spot at eight-under-par.
Manon Molle from France shot a fine 67 and her scores improved dramatically over the weekend after she hired fellow Ladies European Tour professional Ariane Provot as her caddie, having pushed her own bag in stifling heat for the first two rounds.
She tied for sixth with Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan, who won the Sanya Ladies Open in tropical Hainan, China, last year.
Van Dam was strongly fancied to win, having lit up the course with her spectacular long game, but she found it difficult to find her form on the greens over the weekend.
Hyun, meanwhile, was playing in only her second Ladies European Tour event after missing the cut at last year’s Vic Open, and she was understandably proud of her performance.
She said: “I tried to control my own game and it was very consistent, so I felt confident. I had practised a lot at Phoenix, but I didn’t want to put pressure on myself so I didn’t look at the score.”