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Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA Phenom

Patty Tavatanakit not only won the 2018 ANNIKA Intercollegiate - one of the biggest tournaments in NCAA women's golf - but she did it with a record-setting effort.

Tavatanakit, a sophomore from Thailand, shot a final-round 63 to win by a single stroke. The score set a new course record at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn., and it also tied the UCLA school record first established last season by Lilia Vu.

But Patty's round was even more impressive than that. She started the final round in ninth place and seven strokes off the lead. Through her first eight holes, she was even-par.

But starting on the ninth hole, Tavatanakit made seven birdies in a row. Then she threw in the winning eagle on the final hole, playing the back nine in just 28 strokes.

“Coming into the week I did not expect to win,” Tavatanakit told Golfweek. “Even yesterday, I was struggling ... I was hoping that good things would happen and they did.”

Understatement alert.

Patty is coming off a freshman year at UCLA in which she played all 10 tournaments and won three of them, including a tie for the Pac-12 Championship. Tavatanakit also threw in a 2nd-place and a 3rd-place finish; in the other five events, she finished no lower than 19th.

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