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Champion Kanyalak faces top-quality field in Pattaya

Jun 14. 2019
Julie Engstrom of Sweden
Julie Engstrom of Sweden
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By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation Weekend

Eight out of the top 10 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit players have signed up for the 300,000 LET Thailand Championship, which tees off next Thursday at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, Chon Buri province.

No 2 Marianne Skarpnord of Norway, No 3 Esther Henseleit of Germany and No 4 Meghan MacLaren of England are the top-ranked players to take part in the LET and Thai Ladies Professional Golf Association so-sanctioned event, which is being staged for the third time.

The visitors will be vying to become the first foreigners to hold the winner’s trophy, which has been won by Atthaya Thitikul in 2017 and Kanyalak Preedasuttijit last year.

Also taking part this year are 2018 LET Rookie of the Year Julie Engstrom of Sweden and Briton Annabel Dimmock, who won the previous LET Jabra Ladies Open in Dubai last month.

“I am excited to be going back to Thailand. I really enjoyed playing there last year and I had a good week, which gives me good memories,” said the 18-year-old Engstrom, winner of the 2016 British Ladies Amateur.

“I’m going to prepare as I always do and also keep myself hydrated during the week. The temperature is high and also the humidity, so it’s important to be alert,” added the Swede who finished tied 15th last year.

Dimmock, 22, said: “The Thai girls hit a lot of greens in regulation, I will be trying to do the same. I’m getting a bit more used to their type of grass and the grain on the greens.”

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