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Atthaya Thitikul's First Win as a Pro

Atthaya Thitikul is only 17 years old as this is written, and has been a pro golfer for less than a year. Yet, it seems like she's been around on the international golf scene for a while now.

That's because she has been, for several years. But on July 24, 2020, the golfer who is called "Jeeno" by friends earned her first professional win at the Singha-Sat Thai LPGA Championship 2020, a tournament on the Thai LPGA Tour.

Thitikul won the tournament with scores of 66, 66 and 67, finishing at 17-under-par 199. She won by two strokes.

To be clear, this was not the first pro tournament Thitikul won: She previously won the Ladies European Thailand Championship in 2017 and in 2019, both co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour. But in both instances, Jeeno was playing as an amateur. So the 2020 Thai LPGA Championship is her first victory playing as a professional golfer.

Thai pro golfer Atthaya Thitikul

When Thitikul won the 2017 Ladies European Thailand Championship, she was only 14 years 4 months and 19 days old, and she became the youngest known winner of a pro tournament on a significant world tour. Earlier in the year, just three days after her 14th birthday, Atthaya had played her way into the LPGA Tour's Honda LPGA Thailand, where she finished 37th. In 2018, she finished eighth in the LPGA HSBC Women's Champions, 30th in the LPGA ANA Inspiration, and was low amateur in the Women's British Open.

Now Jeeno is a pro, and just needs the world to get back to normal post-COVID to start wracking up more high finishes and wins around the world.