Sweet 60: Thai golfer's record final round highlights world golf event


Not even a birdie putt to end a wild playoff in the team event could steal the thunder of a 15-year-old girl from Thailand in the world junior girls golf championship.

Atthaya Thitikul fired a course-record 12-under-par 60 at Camelot Golf and Country Club on Friday to win the individual competition by two strokes with a score of 268 (-20), and she nearly went one better than that, coming within inches of holing out on for eagle on the 18th hole and what would have been an even more incredible round of 59.


Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand had reason to smile after shooting a final-round 60 to win the individual portion of the world girls championship. Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

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photo Bernard Brault, Golf Canad

As it was, Thitikul’s amazing four rounds (68-71-69-60) overshadowed Italy’s playoff triumph over the United States for the team title. It was Italy’s first championship in the five-year-old event.

The Italians, who led by as much as 10 strokes earlier in the week, were forced to a playoff after the U.S. pulled even at 22 under par, based on the best two of three scores from each round.

In the final playoff group, Alessia Nobilio sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure victory.

Nobilio had been a model of consistency, shooting rounds of 66 on Tuesday and Wednesday, then following with back-to-back 69s on Thursday and Friday to finish two strokes behind Thitikul.

Nobilio’s teammates, Caterina Don and Emilie Paltrinieri, who had locked arms with coach Enrico Trentin to watch the clinching putt, then rushed onto the green.

The U.S. had erased a nine-stroke deficit to force the playoff.


Italian team members Alessia Nobilio, Emilie Alba Paltrinieri and Caterina Don celebrate a playoff victory for the team title in the world championship at Camelot on Friday.

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photo Bernard Brault, Golf Canad

Thitikul’s also established a 72-hole championship record with her total of 20 under par.

Nobilio was second individually, followed by Zoe Campos (66–274) and another U.S. golfer, Brooke Seay (71-280). Céleste Dao (70–282) of Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot, Que., was the leading Canadian in fifth place.

The Canada 1 team of Dao, Ellie Szeryk of London, Ont., and Tiffany Kong of Vancouver finished fourth in the team standings at 10 under par.

A Canada 2 squad comprising Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont., Sarah Beqaj of Toronto and Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C., was 18th at plus 36.


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