Unfancied Trichat Cheenglab shot a closing 68 to claim her maiden title in the Bt1 million Singha-SAT Championship in Petchaburi on Thursday.
A stroke ahead of defending champion Chonlada Chayanun and Ornnicha Konsunthea at the start of the day, the 23-year-old swapped an opening birdie with a bogey on the second hole before she gained her composure to fire five birdies against a bogey to sign off on 12 under-par-204 in the 5th leg of the Thai LPGA Tour this season.
“This is very special for me as it’s my first win,” said the new graduate from Silpakorn University, who returns home to Bangkok with a winner’s cheque for Bt142,500.
“I was quite nervous as start as Ornicha is the defending champion while Chonlada has been hitting well. I couldn’t hit the fairways at the beginning but still managed to shoot scores.
“Hitting 12 under is by fat the best score in my career. I’m extremely happy I achieved that in my first victory.”
Trichat’s next stop is a China LPGA Tour event in Beijing next week.
Nattapan Siritrai, after a bogey free 68, shared second place with Chiang Mai-born Chalisa Limpipolpaibul, who also had a bogey-free 69 , each finishing three strokes back on nine under-par and picking up cheques for Bt78,730.
Ornnicha and Chonlada were tied at fourth, one further back, along with Kultida Pramphun.
So far all five legs of the Thai LPGA Tour have been won by different players: Supamas Sangchan won the opener in Prachinburi, Kultida Pramphun in Nakhon Nayok, 2018 THai LPGA No 1 player Apichaya Yobol in Rayong and Chonlada in Nakhon Ratchasima.
The top 40 players in the Order Of Merit will be eligible for the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya next month.