Sixteen-year-old amateur wins for SECOND time on LET

Atthaya Thitikul Wave

What were you doing when you were 16-years-old? Whatever it was, we’re guessing it didn’t involve winning a professional golf tournament for the second time.

But then, not everyone is Thai amateur star Atthaya Thitikul.

The 16-year-old has just won the Ladies European Thailand Championship for the second time in three years.

She finished with a five-under 67 on a weather-interrupted final day to win by five shots from Esther Henseleit.

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Thitikul’s triumph at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club two years ago – aged just 14 years, four months and three days – made her the youngest-known winner of a professional golf tournament.

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She backed up that success with a phenomenal performance at the same venue, posting rounds of 69, 67, 63 (a course record) and 67 for a winning total of 266, 22-under-par.

At 16 years, four months and three days, the No.5 ranked amateur in the world is the youngest player to win two Ladies European Tour titles.

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“It feels unreal,” said Thitikul, who was undistracted by a three-hour weather delay due to storms in the middle of her round. “I’m really pleased with all the things I’ve done in this tournament. I just put the ball where I wanted it.

“Since I won two years ago I’ve kept working hard and I’ve grown in confidence.”

German rookie Henseleit shot a final round of eight-under-par 64 and, as Thitikul is still an amateur, she collected the winner’s cheque for 45,000 Euros, propelling her to second on the LET Order of Merit.

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