Former Thailand LPGA No 1 Arpichaya Yubol relied on her accurate putts to beat promising star Attaya Thitikul to win the inaugural edition of the 3 million THB Thailand Mixed at Black Mountain Golf Club on Sunday.
The 18-year-old from Saraburi committed three bogeys but also shot eight birdies including four in succession from holes 13-16 for a final round 67, to triumph in the mixed-gender event with 23-under-par 265 at the par-72 course with the full 7,285-yard for the men cut to 6,277 yards for the women.
Both Arpichaya and Atthaya, also 18, started the day a shot behind third-round leader Settee Prakongvech before the latter bogeyed on the eighth hole, allowing the two girls to battle for the top spot. The 2018 local LPGA Order of Merit winner then birdied on the 16th hole which propelled her to the lead from then on, with the current Thailand LPGA No. 1 Atthaya trailing by a stroke and Settee closing the top three as the best male scorer.
“It was fun and a challenge to play against the men,” said Arpichaya, who picked up the winner’s cheque of Bt450,000. “This course has windy conditions. It sets up pretty tough and the pin positions are not easy in the final round,” added the teenager who captured her first title in almost two years since her victory in the Manila Golf Ladies Classic in April 2019.