On March 22 to 24 at Guangdong, China
Chonlada Chayanun earned her first career championship from play-off at Phoenix Tree Orient Golf Club.
Our players were outperforming from the beginning. Wanchana Poruangrong and Prima Thammaraks were co-leader in the first round. Meanwhile the others stay at top 5 till the end.
THAI CHONLADA WINS ZHUHAI PLAY-OFF
Zhuhai: Chonlada Chayanun earned her first victory as a pro on Saturday when the big-hitting Thai emerged from a five player play-off to claim the Hengqing Phoenix Tree Building Orient Golf Challenge title in southern Guangdong.
With Thai Wanchana Poruangrong (70), Korean SeoJi-hyun (68) and China’s Sui Xiang (71) and Liu Ying (66) also finishing on five-under 211 through 54 holes of regulation play at the China LPGA Tour event, Chonlada (69) quickly ended it with a birdie at the first extra hole.
“I am speechless! All of the hard work I had done finally paid off. My very first victory was earn from first play-off. I tried to stay calm and I made. Now I want to continue this condition and stay within top 5.”
Starting the day four strokes off the lead, Chonlada quickly went to work with birdies at the second and seventh holes before dropping a stroke at the ninth to make the turn at three-under. The Iowa State grad then reeled off consecutive birdies starting at the 12th hole before making bogey at the 14th hole. A key birdie at the last got her into the playoff.
As the wind continued to blow as it had done throughout the tournament, the narrow par-four, 329-yard 18th hole with water on the left and trees on the right of the fairway proved an ideal test to decide the winner.
With Sui and Luo making par at the hole, Chonlada used a three-wood off the tee, landing about 90 yards out from the green on the left side. With the wind in her face, she hit a near-perfect pitching wedge, landing her ball two yards from the pin. She then made her birdie putt and waited as Seo and Wanchana, playing in the group behind, could only muster par.
“My irons and putts are good today, my shots were good,” said Chonlada who earned RMB75,000 for the win. “I was a little nervous because the fairways here are a little bit narrow. This year, I will try to be top 10 in every event.”
Other scores saw Thai Pavarisa Yoktuan shoot a tournament low seven-under 65 on the final day to finish in equal sixth with compatriot Wannasiri Sirisampant (70) at four-under 212.
HwangYe-nah, the overnight leader from South Korea, ballooned to a three-over 75 to finish in equal eighth with Thai Renuka Suksukont (70).
Prima Thammaraks, the first round co-leader from Thailand, closed with a 73 to finish equal 10th, while China’s Shi Yuting struggled to a 75 to sit a shot further back.
+ Chonlada Chayanun won on the first hole of a five-player playoff
211 – Chonlada Chayanun+ (THA) 70-72-69, Sui Xiang 69-71-71,
Seo Ji-hyun (KOR) 69-74-68, Wanchana Poruangrong (THA) 67-74-70,
Liu Ying 74-71-66
212 – Pavarisa Yoktuan (THA) 75-72-65, Wannasiri Sirisampant (THA) 70-72-70
213 – Renuka Suksukont (THA) 76-67-70, Hwang Ye-nah (KOR) 68-70-75
214 – Liu Yiyi 71-74-69, Zhang Jienalin 71-72-71,
Prima Thammaraks (THA) 67-74-73