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LETAS Victory for Kristalle Blum

Australia's Kristalle Blum just earned the biggest win of her young pro career to date, taking the trophy at the Golf Vlaanderen LETAS Trophy, part of the LET Access Series tour. LETAS is the primary feeder tour into the Ladies European Tour. The tournament concluded on June 25, 2022. Blum, 24 years old, entered the final round with a one-stroke lead. And when the final round ended, she had a one-stroke victory. "I was very nervous the last few holes and just tried to focus on my breathing," she said afterward. "I had no idea where I sat on the leaderboard, so I just had to keep doing my thing and I’m glad it was enough." Blum should make a nice jump in the Rolex Rankings, the women's world golf rankings, at the next update. She went into the Golf Vlaanderen LETAS Trophy, which took place in Belgium, at No. 630 in the world rankings. But that ranking is far more impressive when you consider that at the end of 2021, Blum was at No. 1,339. E
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Atthaya Thitikul Gets Maiden Win on LPGA Tour

Atthaya Thitikul was making news in the golf world when she was just 12 years old. She was winning on major women's golf tours beginning at age 14. So it's no surprise that this young star's career has taken its next step: winning on the LPGA Tour. Thitikul, from Thailand and known as "Jeeno" to friends, won the LPGA Tour's 2022 JTBC Classic, which completed play on March 27, 2022. She was one month past her 19th birthday. Jeeno shot a sizzling 64 in the final round to come from behind and tie third-round leader Nanna Koerstz Madsen. Koerstz Madsen was going for her second consecutive win; she had won the LPGA's previous event in a playoff. Now, it was Thitikul's turn to challenge Koerstz Madsen in a playoff. After the two matched scores on the first playoff hole, Thitikul won the playoff, and the tournament, with a bogey on the second hole after Koerstz Madsen hit into water. Thitikul already has four wins on the Ladies European Tour, two of

Patty Tavatanakit: 2021 LPGA Rookie of the Year

The 2021 LPGA Tour season isn't over yet, but Patty Tavakanakit has clinched the tour's Rookie of the Year Award. The LPGA uses a points formula for its awards (as opposed to a players' vote), and Tavatanakit's lead over second-place Leona Maguire is insurmountable. So she is the Rookie of the Year winner. Now, if you are a fan of the LPGA and of Patty, as we obviously are, you might have realized something: 2021 was not Patty's rookie year on the LPGA Tour. She was a tour member in 2020 and played 14 tournaments. In normal times, therefore, Tavatanakit would not have been eligible for the rookie award in 2021. But in the COVID era, times aren't always normal. Because the LPGA had a truncated season in 2020, it did not name a Rookie of the Year last year. All those who would have been been eligible in 2020 had that eligibility carried over to 2021, and that is why Patty Tavatanakit was earning Rookie of the Year points throughout the 2021 season. How did

Charlotte Liautier

French amateur Charlotte Liautier is a winner on the LET Access Series. That tour's season-ending event was played at Real Club de Golf El Prat in Barcelona and co-sanctioned by the Spain-based Santander Tour. The LETAS is one level down from the Ladies European Tour. Liautier is 22 years old. She went into the event ranked No. 141 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, her best ranking so far in the WAGR being 122nd. Over her last 33 ranking events, Liautier has posted 14 Top 10s and three victories, including the 2021 Italian Ladies Amateur and 2020 French International Ladies Championship. She is the top-ranked amateur from France at the time of this writing. After the Barcelona win, Liautier said, "It’s been an incredible week! It’s my best win to date and my first professional win and for that I’m very happy. I played very well during the week on a very demanding course that was in perfect condition." There were tough scoring conditions throughout the three roun

In Gee Chun, Fashion Model

Two-time LPGA major championship winner In Gee Chun recently shared these photos on Instagram . They are from a fashion photo shoot she did for the Korean brand Fair Liar. The brand touts itself as being "for the classy golfer who values sophistication," and states that "We compete with unrivaled quality and style." Hey, if that's the vibe you are trying to transmit, then picking In Gee Chun as one of your endorsers and models is a great move.

Brooke Matthews

When Brooke Matthews posted the photo above on Instagram, she captioned it, "Senior year?? Let’s do this!!" Well, guess what: Brooke is doing it . Brooke recently won the 2021 Blessings Collegiate Invitational, the University of Arkansas' home tournament in Fayetteville. Matthews led Arkansas to the team championship by a whopping 19 strokes over second-place UCLA. And in the individual competition, Brooke won the tournament for the second year in a row. She carded rounds of 72-66-74 for a 212 total, 4-under par — the only player in the field to break par. Her 66 in the second round was a Blessings course record. Matthews went into the Blessings ranked No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, at No. 13 in the Golfweek Amateur Rankings, and at No. 1 in the Golfweek Women's College Rankings. Matthews' Blessings Collegiate victory came a couple weeks after she won the Charleston Cougar Classic by 13 strokes, setting an NCAA scoring record for women in the pr

Sophia Schubert

Sophia Schubert won the 2021 Carolina Golf Classic on the Symetra Tour. The tournament concluded on October 3 and was her first career win on the Symetra Tour. But maybe even better than winning is the fact that with her earnings, her seasons winnings total now guarantees that Schubert will finish in the Top 10 of the Symetra Tour money list. And that means she'll have LPGA Tour membership in 2022. Schubert won the Carolinas Golf Classic with rounds of 68, 64, 70 and 68, to finish at 18-under 270. That left her in a tie with Fatima Fernandez Cano, and Schubert won their sudden-death playoff on the third extra hole. The winner's check of $30,000 pushed Schubert's season total to nearly $100,000. It was her ninth Top 10 finish of 2021 — her sixth consecutively. That late-season run started with a tie for second place in the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in August. She also tied for second early in the Symetra season at the IOA Championship. Schubert played