Thitikul Shines Again At World Junior Girls Golf Championship; Korea Wins Team Title

Team Korea, Angus Glen Golf Club on September, 27, 2019 by Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

(Golf Canada) MARKHAM, Ont. – Canadian golf fans should take good note of Atthaya Thitikul’s name, as they will surely hear it mentioned again in the same breath as the game’s best female players. She is that good. And on Friday, her poise and talent were in evidence at Angus Glen Golf Club of Markham, Ontario, where she claimed her second consecutive World Junior Girls Championship title by two strokes over Ye Won Lee of the Republic of Korea.

In the team competition, it is the Republic of Korea that claimed the gold medal, their second World Junior Girls title after winning it in 2015 at The Marshes GC of Ottawa. After rallying to take the lead following Thursday’s weather delay, the Korean team never looked back. They registered an aggregate score of 3-under (141) in the final round to take the laurels.  After claiming bronze at Camelot Golf Club in 2018, Thailand upgraded its 2019 haul by winning silver, while last year’s champions Italy finished third to earn the bronze medal.

“It’s very, very nice to win. I’m so happy now. But I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t catch the (girl in) first place. But only ten percent disappointed (laughs),” said team gold and individual silver medalist Ye Won Lee. The 2019 gold is Korea’s fourth World Junior Girls Championship medal in only five participations in the event, a tournament record.
 
In the individual contest, Thitikul managed to keep her playing partners at bay on the front nine, taking a stroke back from the silver medallist, Republic of Korea’s Ye Won Lee, thanks to three birdies against only one bogey. Despite committing two more bogeys on the back nine and briefly finding herself only one stroke up, Thitikul, who fired a final round of 70 (-2), scored a superb eagle on the par-5 16th hole which Ye Won Lee couldn’t match, albeit adding a birdie of her own to the score card.

When asked how important that shot was to her victory, Thitikul declared that “It helped me a lot, you know. When I putt it, in mind I was like ‘Yes! I will get this.’ It made me feel more confident when walking to the 18th hole.”

Atthaya Thitikul, Angus Glen Golf Club, September, 27, 2019 by Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

 Italy’s Alessia Nobilio, an individual silver medallist in both 2017 and 2018, shot 71 in the final round to finish the tournament at 6-under, in third place. She is now the World Junior Girls most decorated competitor in tournament history with three individual and two team medals.        

As the organizing federation, Canada delegated two teams to participate in the Championship. 

Canada 1, consisting of Brooke Rivers (Brampton, Ont.), Euna Han (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Emily Zhu (Richmond Hill, Ont.) had a strong finish to the tourney, posting their first negative team score of the week (-2) which allowed them to climb to 7th in a tie with Switzerland. Canada 2, composed of Lauren Kim and Angela Arora of Surrey, B.C., with Ellie Szeryk (London, Ont.), scored plus +7 and dropped to 19th, ahead of Ireland. 

The 2019 World Junior Girls Championship was conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with Golf Ontario and supported by the R&A and the International Golf Federation. Recognized as an “A” ranked event by the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the seventh edition of the World Junior Girls Championship will be presented at Angus Glen Golf Club in 2020.

2019 TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS

Gold
Republic of Korea
Jung-Min Hong, Ye Won Lee, Yoon Ina, *143-139-140-141-563 (-13)

Silver Thailand
Kan Bunnabodee, Yosita Khawnuna, Atthaya Thitikul, *144-137-142-144-567 (-9)

Bronze Italy
Carolina Melgrati, Alessia Nobilio, Benedetta Moresco, *147-140-143-143-573 (-3)

2019 INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION (TOP 10)

1. Atthaya Thitikul, Thailand, *73-63-71-70-277 -11
2. Ye Won Lee, Republic of Korea, *71-70-68-70-279 -9
3. Alessia Nobilio, Italy, *72-67-72-71-282 -6
4. Ho-Yu An, Chinese Taipei, *75-65-74-70-284 -4
4. Jung-Min  Hong, Republic of Korea, *72-69-72-71-284 -4
6. Yin Xiaowen, People’s Republic of China, *71-71-72-72-286 -2
6. Hannah Darling, Scotland, *73-66-71-76-286 -2
8. Elena Moosmann, Switzerland, *73-74-69-71-287 -1
9. Lucie Malchirand, France, *73-71-72-72-288 E
9. Annabell Fuller, England, *72-72-73-71-288 E
11. Amalie Leth-Nissen, Denmark, *76-70-73-71-290 +2
11. Anne Normann, Denmark, *78-70-69-73-290 +2
13. Mimi Rhodes, England, *73-71-77-72-293 +5
13. Yoon Ina, Republic of Korea, *74-72-74-73-293 +5
15. Brooke Rivers, Canada 1, *74-73-76-71-294 +6
15. Paula  Schulz-Hanssen, Germany, *78-72-74-70-294 +6
15. Chun-Wei Wu, Chinese Taipei, *74-70-78-72-294 +6
18. Yosita Khawnuna, Thailand, *71-74-76-74-295 +7
19. Carla Tejedo, Spain, *75-72-75-74-296 +8
20. Kan Bunnabodee, Thailand, *73-79-71-74-297 +9
20. Angela Arora, Canada 2, *76-73-74-74-297 +9
22. Ester Fagersten, Sweden, *72-74-78-75-299 +11
23. Natacha Høst Husted, Denmark, *76-79-74-71-300 +12
23. Benedetta Moresco, Italy, *77-73-78-72-300 +12
25. Emily Zhu, Canada 1, *82-75-73-71-301 +13
25. Ffion Tynan, Wales, *75-79-70-77-301 +13
25. Carolina Melgrati, Italy, *75-80-71-75-301 +13
28. Maria Jose Bohorquez Fonseca, Colombia, *81-73-73-76-303 +15
29. Marie Bechtold, Germany, *78-70-76-80-304 +16
29. Darcey Harry, Wales, *80-70-82-72-304 +16
29. Christina Ochoa, Colombia, *79-74-76-75-304 +16
29. Cory Lopez, Mexico, *78-77-75-74-304 +16
33. Louise Rydqvist, Sweden, *76-77-79-74-306 +18
33. Aada Rissanen, Finland, *81-74-80-71-306 +18
35. Chiara Horder, Germany, *78-77-78-74-307 +19
35. Carolina López-Chacarra, Spain, *80-71-76-80-307 +19
35. Yael Berger, Switzerland, *80-76-77-74-307 +19
35. Paola Alonso, Mexico, *79-75-81-72-307 +19
39. Carmen Griffiths, Scotland, *78-81-75-74-308 +20
40. Li Shuying, People’s Republic of China, *82-80-75-72-309 +21
40. Lily May Humphreys, England, *86-75-72-76-309 +21
42. Adela Cernousek, France, *75-79-80-76-310 +22
42. Sofia Torres Villarreal, Colombia, *80-75-79-76-310 +22
44. Sara Ericsson, Sweden, *78-77-78-78-311 +23
44. Aine Donegan, Ireland, *81-81-74-75-311 +23
44. Ada Huhtala, Finland, *81-78-75-77-311 +23
47. Euna Han, Canada 1, *77-80-80-75-312 +24
48. Lilas Pinthier, France, *83-77-79-74-313 +25
48. Beth Coulter, Ireland, *78-81-74-80-313 +25
50. Victoria Monod, Switzerland, *77-84-76-78-315 +27
51. Lauren Daiana Olivares, Mexico, *81-79-81-75-316 +28
52. Hsin-Chun Liao, Chinese Taipei, *84-76-80-77-317 +29
52. Lauren Kim, Canada 2, *79-79-82-77-317 +29
54. Carys Worby, Wales, *86-81-77-75-319 +31
54. Kerttu Hiltunen, Finland, *88-76-79-76-319 +31
56. Peng You, People’s Republic of China, *83-86-79-77-325 +37
57. Nieves Martín , Spain, *84-81-89-73-327 +39
58. Katy Alexander, Scotland, *83-80-86-79-328 +40
59. Ellie Szeryk, Canada 2, *85-84-84-86-339 +51