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Hotter than July With Patty Tavatanakit

Patty Tavatanakit first pro win

It was quite a two-week-stretch in July 2019 for rookie pro Patty Tavatanakit: After nearly tying the LPGA all-time scoring record, she earned her first victory as a pro on the Symetra Tour.

After winning the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, Tavatanakit, a native of Thailand who played her college golf at UCLA, turned pro in May at the age of 19.

And in her first three starts on the Symetra Tour, she finished in the Top 10 all three times. One of those was a runner-up finish at the Prasco Charity Championship. And another was that first win at the Donald Ross Classic in Indiana, a tournament that concluded on July 13.

After the win, Patty tweeted: "When you believe in yourself and have goals, the sky's the limit. ruly unforgettable experience ... this week with my first professional win at the Donald Ross Classic! Thank you to everyone who helped get me here, I'm going to enjoy this."

Tavatanakit opened with a 66, added a 70 in Round 3, then closed with a bogey-free 64 in the final round. She finished at 13-under 200, three strokes better than the runner-up.

But, then, finishing strong is no surprise for this golfer. One week previous, playing as a sponsor exemption in the LPGA's Thornberry Classic (July 3-7), Tavatanakit took a run at a final-round 59.

To date, only one 59 (by Annika Sorenstam) has been recorded on the LPGA. Tavatanakit had a real shot at scoring the second one. In the final round, through 15 holes, Patty had five birdies and three eagles. In fact, all three of those eagles happened on the front nine, on which she shot 29.

She wound up parring out the final three holes to finish with a 61, 20-under for the tournament. She finished tied for 15th.