Ladies European Thailand Championship Preview
Date: 21st-24th June
Location: Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, Thailand
Distance: 6243 yards
Defending Champion: Atthaya Thitikul’(-5)
Prize Fund: €300,000
The Ladies European Tour returns with a 2nd visit to Thailand for the Ladies European Thailand Championship. The event has attracted a great line up. There is a real mixture of local talent especially those Thai players that play on the China LPGA who make up 7 places out of the top 10 on the Order of Merit, the LET regulars and the LET rookies.
It should be a great event. Below we look at 5 players who could be challenging for the title this week.
Olivia Cowan started the year playing on the LET, she played in 5 events that have lead her to 10th place on the Order of Merit. The 21-year-old from Germany has had 3 top 15 finishes in her 5 starts. She also made her debut in the Symetra Tour at the IOA Championship at the beginning of April finishing a very respectable 7th. However, she missed her cut in the next event but will look to bounce back to form on the LET. Cowan finished 14th here last year and is currently ranked 165th in the wrold.
Saranporn Langkulgasettrin, the 19-year-old from Thailand currently leads the Order of Merit on the China LPGA where she plays the majority of her golf. In her 5 events this year on the CLPGA she has had two victories and two further top 10's. A few weeks ago in the US Open she finished 59th and was only let down by a poor final round that cost her a top 20 finish. When asked her aims for the week she replied simply with “Playing at my pace. Be myself, relax and enjoy the event in my home country".
Noemi Jimenez, from Marbella, Spain had a 3rd place finish in France in the Last LET event. She has also had two top 20 finishes on the LET so far this season. In recent weeks she has been playing the LET Access Series in Europe, her recent results have taken her to the top of the Order of Merit. In her 5 starts on the Access Series which features some of the best players form the LET she has had a victory at the VP Bank Ladies Open and 3 other top 10 top finishes. She will look to continue her form in Asia this week with a return to the LET. Noemi finished 36th here last year.
Aprichaya Yubol, the 16-year-old from Thailand currently leads the Thai LPGA order of merit. She claimed victory last week at Green Valley in the fifth leg of the Thai Championship. She is coming into this event in top form. She said
“I feel like I’m so well-prepared for this tournament. After previous Thai LPGA tournaments, I practice hard continuously. For this match, I plan thoroughly with my caddie, my father.” she continued “This is my first time to enrol for such a big match. I’m excited, in a good way, I know I will have fun with my full potential. I’m aiming high to be within the top 10. I want to challenge myself by reaching these great players.”
Florentyna Parker is the highest ranking player this week on the Order of Merit. She currently sits 6th and is looking for her her fourth LET. Parker, from England has shown consistent results this year with her best result so far being fifth in the Investec SA Women’s Open. Last year she tied for 17th in this event.
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