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Thailand LPGA No 1 Atthaya Thitikul and Arpichaya Yubol will lead the female challenge against the men as the second leg of the Thailand Mixed tees off this Thursday at the Alpine Golf Club in Chiang Mai.

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Atthaya, Arpichaya hungry to repeat man-eating performance at Thailand Mixed II

 Atthaya Thitikul 

Thai LPGA Order of Merit 2020 winner Atthaya and 2018 winner Arpichaya are among a starry field at the Bt3-million tournament hosted by Trust Golf from April 15-18.

The 18-year-old Atthaya, who lost to Arpichaya by just one stroke in the inaugural edition six weeks ago, enters the competition among the heavy favourites with a stunning record of four wins from her last six events.

“I’ve never played at this course before. I will try to get used to the condition during my practice rounds,” said the talented teen, who claimed her first title of the season at the Phoenix Ladies Classic in Pattaya last month.

“I will play with my new iron this week. I’m looking forward to testing my game before I head overseas to play next month,” added Atthaya, who will join the Ladies European Tour in May.

Like other participants, the two-time LET Thailand Championship winner (2017, 2019) underwent Covid-19 tests on Monday in Bangkok under a strict tournament bubble policy as Thailand is hit by a third wave of infections.

Two more tests will be conducted on April 16 and 18.

“We need to test negative to be eligible to play,” said Atthaya. “As for myself, I will try to be even more careful by always wearing a mask and frequently washing my hands.”

Arpichaya, also 18, won the first leg in Hua Hin to claim her first title in almost two years. Like Atthaya, she will be making her debut at the Alpine course.

“You have to come up with a prudent game plan for this hilly course. I need to get used to the conditions as quickly as I can,” said the Saraburi-based player, who claimed a record four straight wins on the Thai LPGA Tour back in 2018.

A total of 144 male and female players will compete over 36 holes with the top 60 making the cut to vie for the winner’s purse of Bt450,000.

The spectator-free tournament will be broadcast live at https://www.facebook.com/trustgolfclub and the TrustGolf YouTube channel with replays via the AIS Airplay app. T-Sports will also have live TV coverage of the weekend rounds.

Published : April 13, 2021

By : THE NATION