US Women’s Open: Tavatanakit Low Am with Top 5 Finish

Patty Tavatanakit (USGA photo)

SHOAL CREEK, AL (June 3, 2018) – Patty Tavatanakit, a UCLA rising sophomore from Thailand, shot a final-round 1-under 71 to finish a U.S. Women’s Open in a tie for fifth place. Tavatanakit wins a bullion award as a low pledge of a 29 who started a tournament.

It was a second uninterrupted year an pledge has finished inside a tip 5 during a U.S. Women’s Open. Last year, Hye-Jin Choi of Korea hold a lead by 63 holes and was a runner-up.

With a contest leaders so distant ahead, no pledge would have a possibility to win this year, though a competition for low pledge was parsimonious streamer into a final round. Tavatanakit started a day one shot forward of Albane Valenzuela (Switzerland) and dual forward of Elizabeth Wang (San Marino, CA) after 3 rounds.

While a other 6 amateurs to make a cut would fire over standard on Sunday, Tavatanakit started well, going 3 underneath for her initial 6 holes. She did make 4 bogeys entrance in, though dual some-more birdies would give her a red series and close adult a bullion medal. Her 72-hole measure was 2-under 286.

Valenzuela was also underneath standard during a turn, though came behind in 40 to fire 75 and finish 24th during 3-over 291.

Amateur Leaderboard


Seven amateurs have done a cut during a U.S. Women’s Open Championship during Shoal Creek, led by Patty Tavatanakit of UCLA and Thailand, who is a usually pledge underneath standard and a usually one inside a tip 10 by 3 rounds.

Storms behind play on Friday, forcing players to come behind out early to finish their second rounds Saturday, after that a cut was done and a margin was re-paired for spin three.

Linn Grant, a 18-year-old from Sweden, was 3 underneath by dual rounds and found herself in a second-to-last organisation for a third round, personification with Chella Choi and Jenny Shin. But Grant tumbled down a leaderboard with 3 6’s in her initial 6 holes.

Tavatanakit, who usually finished her beginner year during UCLA, won 3 times for a Bruins including a Pac 12 Women’s Championship and a NCAA West Regional. She got to 2 underneath after spin one and is now 1 underneath after a 72 in spin three.

Albane Valenzuela, a Swiss pledge whose runner-up finish in final year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur warranted her a place in a field, shot a 1-under 71 to get her to even standard and usually one shot behind Tavatanakit in a low pledge race.

Elizabeth Wang, an 18-year-old committed to Harvard University, is dual behind Tavatanakit after a third-round 71.

Amateur Leaderboard


Three amateurs are high adult on a leaderboard after a initial spin of a U.S. Women’s Open Championship during Shoal Creek.

Linn Grant, an 18-year-old from Sweden, shot a 3-under 69 and is tied for fourth, usually dual shots behind a first-round leaders Ariya Jutanugarn, Sarah Jane Smith, and Jeongeun6 Lee.

Grant was a leader of a usually Women’s Open qualifier hold in England, and also won final year’s Ladies British Stroke Play and Scottish Ladies Open Amateur.

Patty Tavatanakit of UCLA and Thailand shot a 70 and is in a seventh place tie with Kristen Gillman (Austin, TX) of a University of Alabama.

Related: Tee Times for a 29(!) Amateurs in a U.S. Women’s Open

A sum of 29 amateurs have done a margin this year, adult from 21 final year. Hye-Jin Choi of Korea, who has given incited pro and is in a margin during Shoal Creek, scarcely became a initial pledge given 1967 to win a U.S. Women’s Open, heading on a behind 9 on Sunday before eventually finishing second.

Round 1 Amateur Leaderboard

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