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Atthaya reigns on top of world amateur rankings

Jun 27. 2019
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By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Record maker Atthaya Thitikul added a new highlight in her young career as she became the first Thai to reach No 1 in the women’s world amateur golf rankings this week.

The Ratchaburi-born rose from No 5 to the top of the amateur ranking following her victory in the Ladies European Thailand Championship at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

Atthaya emerged the first Thai man or woman to reign on top of the world’s amateur rankings, two years after she set the world ‘s record as the youngest winner in a main professional golf tournament following her win in the inaugural Ladies European Thailand Championship at the age of 14 years, four months and 19 days.

By claiming her second LET title four days ago, Atthaya also became the youngest player to win twice on the LET at 16.

Since 2017, Atthaya, apart from two LET wins, has won a total 15 titles including 2017 Dutch International Junior Open, 2017 SEA Games individual and team, 2018 Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Championship, 2018 Queen’s Sirikit Cup, 2018 Youth Olympics mixed doubles, 2018 World Junior Girls Championship and 2019 Thailand Ladies Amateur Open.

On the LPGA circuit, her best attempt was one top 8 finish in the 2018 HSBC Women’s World Championship and a top 30 finish in the 2018 ANA Inspiration, her best run in a major. 

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