14-year-old Atthaya becomes youngest to win pro golf tournament

Atthaya during the second round in Pattaya.

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Atthaya Thitikul became the youngest known winner of a professional golf tour event with victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship yesterday.

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Atthaya records historic victory

Atthaya Thitikul with the Ladies European Thailand Championship trophy.

Amazing Thai teenager Atthaya Thitikul won the Ladies European Thailand Championship trophy in Pattaya yesterday.

At 14 years, four months and 17 days, Atthaya broke a record set by Canada's Brooke Henderson in 2012 by almost five months.

With rounds of 70, 71, 70 and 72, the Thai schoolgirl won with a total of five-under 283, two shots clear of Ana Menendez.

Attaya, however, was unable to accept the top prize of €45,000 (approximately 1.7 million baht) because she is still an amateur. The money instead went to runner-up Menendez.

"I'm so happy and proud of myself, Attaya said after her win. "I did not look nervous, but of course I felt nerves on the first tee and on the first hole. I did not think about the score. My caddie helped me a lot, not to think too much, to focus on my game plan and to plan the tee shots and second shots."

This is not the first time Atthaya has had golfing success. Earlier in June, she won the Taiwan Amateur Open after previously being second in the Queen Sirikit Cup in China. Her next big tournament is the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia next month.

Adapted from a story in Sunday's Bangkok Post


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