Chanettee shot a two-day seven-under-par137 total to earn a place among a world-class field at the Honda LPGA Thailand 2022 in March.
Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Noriyuki Takakura congratulated Chanettee on her victory and said the National Qualifiers were part of their commitment to help raise the local game to international standards, while giving young Thai women golfers the chance to improve and go “Beyond Greatness” aligned with the tournament’s theme for the year.
“The National Qualifiers has proven to be an effective platform to launch professional careers,” said Mr. Takakura. “It has also been widely accepted and has become a good vehicle to encourage the development and nurture the amateur ranks of up and coming Thai golfers.”
“With the ever growing support of the Sports Authority of Thailand, IMG and the LPGA, Honda has been humbled to see local women’s golf grow in leaps and bounds. With this, all of us at Honda would like to congratulate Chanettee for putting on a brilliant showing to win the Honda LPGA Thailand National Qualifiers and justifiably earn a spot to compete on the world stage and alongside the game’s best players at the Honda LPGA Thailand 2022.”
Chanettee closed with a four-under 69 today to win by one stroke from Trichat Cheenglab. That followed up the four-under she carded yesterday when she led the tournament by three shots after the first round.
Happy with her deserved win, Chanettee said: “It might have appeared to be a comfortable victory in the end, but there were a lot of nerves out of there. I put in a lot of preparation for this tournament and I am very happy to have won. It’s a very proud moment for me to qualify for the Honda LPGA Thailand 2022 and it has been an amazing experience.”
“I would like to thank Honda, the Sports Authority of Thailand and IMG for organizing this event and especially for giving golfers like myself this huge opportunity. I would also like to thank my father, my family and friends for their support in getting me here again today. Now I look forward to the Honda LPGA Thailand 2022, where I will do my best and hopefully make them proud again.”
Trichat gave a decent account of herself in the second round with her 66 the low round of the tournament. She followed up her first day even-par 72 with her six-under today for a 138 total and she will definitely have more opportunities to go one better.
There was a three-way tie for third place where Benyapa Niphatsophon, Natthakritta Vongtaveelap and Pavarisa Yoktuan all finished on 142. Benyapa shot a one-under in the last round to match her 71 of yesterday, while Natthakritta, still an amateur player, posted a two-under 70 today and Pavarisa also had a 71 today.
The Honda LPGA Thailand National Qualifiers 2022 held at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course in Pattaya, Chonburi Province from 18-20 January had a total of 62 women in the field. Chanettee, along with three other invited Thai players will participate in the US$1.6 million Honda LPGA Thailand 2022 at the same venue from 10-13 March, where Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn is the defending champion.
Published : January 20, 2022
By : THE NATION