While the golfing world focused on The Open at Royal Portrush, several Thai ladies having been grabbing the headlines over in the States this weekend.
Jasmine Suwannapura from Bangkok, and her playing partner Cydney Clanton ran away with the LPGA’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, shooting an 11-under 59 in best-ball play for a six-stroke victory.
Jasmine who only two years ago nearly had to give up her career due to a broken back, has jumped up to 29 in the 2019 LPGA Tour money list. This will guarantee her starts on the lucrative Autumn and Spring LPGA Asian swings. She has nearly hit US$1.5M in her career to date.
The winning streak continues for 19-year-old Patty Tavatanakit also from Bangkok,with her back-to-back wins on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, after a 5-under par 67 this Sunday at Brook-Lea Country Club to claim the fifth annual Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic title by seven strokes at 20-under par overall.
Since making her Symetra Tour debut at the Island Resort Championship, Tavatanakit has finishes of tied for 14th, solo second and two victories. In that span, she has climbed all the way to No. 4 in the Volvik Race for the Card with $75,121 total season earnings.
Let’s not forget Bangkok based Pajaree Annnarukarn who now stands at 70 on the LPGA Tour money list and has only missed two cuts in ten events earning US$142k in her rookie year on tour.
Making up the LPGA top 100 are Ariya Jutanugarn at 11, sister Moriya at 26, Pornanong Phatlam at 49 and Pavarisa Yoktuan at 94.
And of course, waiting in the wings to join them is teen sensation Atthaya Thitikul from Ratchaburi. Currently Ladies World Amateur ranked 3rd Atthaya won the Ladies European Thailand Championship back in 2017, when she was only 14 years 4 months and 19 days old, which made her the youngest golfer ever to win a professional golf tournament.
Last month she won the same tournament in Pattaya and will go onto to play in the Ladies British Open next month.
The future looks very interesting for these talented ladies. 370 words Written by Mike Bridge editor of Thai Golf News