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Four tied for top of the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Championship

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Four tied for top of the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Championship

Suvichaya Vinijchaitham

Suvichaya Vinijchaitham

Natthakritta Vongtaveelap and her close friend Suvichaya Vinijchaitham will carry the hopes of host nation Thailand to the final round of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) championship on Sunday.

Vongtaveelap (68) birdied the last two holes and finished with an 8-under 208, where he was joined by Vinijchaitham (69), Chinese Taipei’s Ting-Hsuan Huang (70) and Korea’s Jiyoo Lim (72). on top. from the leaderboard to prepare for an exciting final round at Siam Country Club’s Waterside Course.

Philippine Rianne Mikhaela Malixi (70) is fifth at seven under, while Korea’s Yeji Park, who had the best round of the day with a five-under par 67, jumped to sixth place tied at 211 with Japanese Mamika Shinchi and Australian Kelsey Bennett (72).

Defending champion Mizuki Hashimoto’s chances of winning a second consecutive WAAP title dwindled over the back nine holes. Two ahead of the pack after 12 holes, Japan’s No. 16 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR) lost six shots in her last six holes. A five-over par 77 left her tied for ninth at four under, but a chip for par off the back of the 18th green kept her in contention.

Fun and competitive day ahead

Vongtaveelap, 19, who started with a bogey in the first but then made six birdies and another bogey, is keen to make up for her missed opportunity last year in Abu Dhabi, where she dropped nine in the final round. she tied for second.

“I was so nervous at the beginning of today. On the first hole, from 45 yards out, my hands were shaking when I hit a fairly simple chip. My caddy had to calm me down after that,” said Vongtaveelap, who turns 20 next Wednesday and is the highest-ranked Thai player on the course at 38.

“I really want to win tomorrow. It would mean a lot to me, especially since the tournament is played in my home country. I thought a lot about my finish in Abu Dhabi and one of the things that I can surely change is how I refuel. I didn’t have the right energy towards the end of last year and I dropped shots. I want to make sure I eat right and hydrate properly tomorrow.

“It will be a lot of fun playing with Suvichaya, who has become a very close friend of mine over the last two years we’ve been on the Thailand national team together.”

teenage dreams

Vinijchaitham, 16, who is homeschooled so he can have more time to practice his golf, made four birdies and a solo bogey on his 69. He said: “I’m very proud of what I’ve done so far. Honestly, I came into the tournament thinking that making the cut would be a huge achievement, so it’s a surprise that I find myself leading.

“I was struggling with some injuries and haven’t really played good golf the last two years. But I kept working hard and I could feel my game coming back towards the end of last year.”

Huang, also 16, took the lead when she birdied the par-3 12th hole, but a bogey on the 14th dropped her back to eight under par.

“I really want to get that chance,” Huang said when reminded that tomorrow she could enter the AIG Women’s Open and Amundi Evian Championship with a win. “I just need to keep playing my game and be aggressive.”

disputed lim

Lim failed to find a birdie on the first seven holes and then dropped shots on the par-5 8th hole, where he drove his second shot from the middle of the fairway into the water, and another on the 9th hole.

But he bounced back with two birdies on the back nine, saying: “I’m happy that the second nine both my driver and putter were much better compared to the first nine. That’s a good sign. There were plenty of birdie opportunities on the back nine, but I’m pleased with how I bounced back after the front nine.”

Saki Baba, the highest-ranked player in the field at number three in the WAGR, made a birdie and two bogeys in a round of 73 and dropped to even-even 25th.

View Asia-Pacific Women’s Amateur Results

ABOUT Amateur Asian-Pacific Female

The inaugural Asia-Pacific Women’s Amateur Championship was played in 2018.

It is played over 72 holes by strokes with a field of 86 players. Players are eligible based on their R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking.

It is run by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation.

The winner receives an invitation to play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the ANA Inspiration.

See full tournament information

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