Sunday, August 05, 2018

Georgia Hall's first pro win is a major - the

Ricoh Women's British Open by 2 shots
  

By RON SIRAK


FINAL TOP THREE
Par 288 (4x72)
271 Georgia Hall (England) 67 68 69 67
273 Pornanong Phatlum (Thailand) 67 67 69 70
275 So Yeon Ryu (South Korea) 69 69 67 70

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WOMEN’S AMATEUR ASIA-PACIFIC CHAMPION ATTHAYA THITIKUL WINS SMYTH SALVER
Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific champion Atthaya Thitikul picked up the leading amateur honours at the Ricoh Women’s British Open today.
The 15-year-old, who booked her spot at Royal Lytham following her victory in the inaugural Asia-Pacific women's amateur championship in Singapore in February, was awarded the Smyth Salver.
As the only amateur to make the cut (+1) with a score of even-par (73,71), Thitikul knew on Friday that if she completed all four rounds of the championship she would claim the title.
However, the Thai teenager struggled on the weekend posting rounds of 79 and 77 for a 12-over-par finish.
Thitikul now holds leading amateur titles from both major championships she gained exemptions for as part of her Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific win; in April, she recorded a tied for 30th finish at the ANA Inspiration.
She was also invited to compete in the 2018 HSBC Women’s World Championship held at Sentosa following the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific in March, where she recorded an impressive top ten finish (8th).
“I feel really proud of myself and very happy,” said Thitikul. I have really enjoyed this week and knowing I can make the cut. Last year I didn’t make the cut but this year I can!
“I have learned a lot through the experience and I take it all in to improve myself in the future.”
Looking at the names that adorn the Smyth Salver, including this year’s champion Georgia Hall, Thitikul said, “There are a lot of professional whose names are here and that’s where I want to be in the future.”
 

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