On June 23 at Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand
After Atthaya Thitikul, it’s Kanyalak Preedasauthijit to defend home course at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.
Preedasauthijit leads since the semi-final and keep tight grip on top the leaderboard. She collected more under-pars, in total fifteen under-pars 273.
Canny Kanyalak lifts the title
By Richard C Talbot
“The Final day at Phoenix Gold was set up perfectly for the climax of the European Thailand Ladies open. With a local golfer holding a four shot lead, the pack of players queuing up behind meant that nothing was guaranteed on this challenging Pattaya golf course.
It would have been a pleasant previous Saturday evening for the tournament leader Kanyalak Preedasauthijit knowing that she had the buffer of a 4 stroke lead. However no player would know better than her the dangers of taking anything for granted on this golf course.
With the sun once again dominating the eastern seaboard skyline, there were plenty of players who were from the start of the day shooting some great scores in their pursuit of the leader. ManonMolle from France shot a fine 67, and since she hired ArianeProvot as her caddie the second half of the tournament has seen her score 6 under par.
Prior to this time Manon was pushing her own bag as Provot played herself in the first two rounds of the tournament. However the round of the day came from 16 year old ArpichayaYubol. Supported by her 13 year old brother as her caddie, “Piano”, demonstrated the immense talent she possesses as she fired a fine 6 under par score to leave her in 5th spot at 8 under par.
Fourth spot belonged to Anne Van Dan who hit another under par score demonstrated how well she has played over the week. It has been easy to see why she has been strongly fancied to win, as she has lightened the tournament up with her spectacular long game. However, things were not going her way with her short game leaving the Asian players to take the top 3 positions.
There has been various claims that some of the Asian Players too regularly and there is no greater example of this than ChonladaChayanun whose schedule over the last three months has seen her playing in fourteen tournaments. This has left her battle hardened and today’s final round of 68 saw her securing 3rd place.
The best round of the day came from the Korean amateur Selin Hyun with a brilliant 65. So little was known of the teenager who has been playing most of her golf on the Korean amateur tour. This week she has equipped herself superbly and the second place she has won will surely be the launch pad to a stellar career.
However, despite the charge that the Korean player managed in the last round, Kanyalak Preedasuthijit played imperiously to shoot a final round of 69 to win the title by one shot. During the day the nearest time that any player got within two shots of her was on the final hole.
Controlling the ball wonderfully around the golf course, young “Bew” simply played the course to perfection and managed to control her emotions superbly in the stifling heat. The difficulty of playing in such difficult climatic conditions is that they can often test the emotions of the players, and the 20 year old personified calmness throughout the event.
This has been a brilliant tournament and at the end of the first day we saw a leaderboard that was dominated by the European golfers. There have been some fantastic performances by the ladies who have travelled so far, and the reputations of Anne Van Dam, Lynn Carlsson, Manon Molle, Neomi Jiminez Martin and Gabriella Cowley have been enhanced over the past week.
However the biggest factor in the end was the climate with the relentless heat seeing many players flagging at the conclusion of the event. It really was a tough challenge to expect the Europeans to jump off a plane and take on the Asian players in their own back yard. However, one can only marvel at the character that many players showed and many will benefit from hugely the experience.
Already there is talk of the 2019 tournament and it is guaranteed that so many of the players will return as it is such a wonderful place to both visit and play golf. The European players have been fine ambassadors of their tour and the game of golf, and Thailand will look forward greatly to their return next year.’