Yuka Yasuda (ANWA photo)
Seven amateurs started the week at the AIG Women’s British Open, and only two will play the weekend. Atthaya Thitikul and Yuka Yasuda each posted a round under par Friday at Woburn Golf Club in England to secure a weekend tee time.
For Yasuda, this is her second week in a row making the cut in an LPGA major. The Japanese player tied for low amateur honors at the Evian Championship last week in France. This week, Yasuda has had rounds of 73-70 and at 1 under, is in a tie for 36th.
Two shots ahead of her, Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul is 3 under and in a tie for 23th. Thitikul, who won the inaugural Asia-Pacific Women’s Amateur last year and has won twice on the Ladies European Tour despite being an amateur, had a third-round 68 at Woburn.
Thitikul’s round was in the conversation with the lowest rounds of the day. Celine Boutier, a former Duke player, had a 66, which was the day’s low. Thitikul had four birdies in her back nine for a 32.
The only downfall to competing in this year’s Women’s British Open is that it backs up to next week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. None of the seven amateurs in the field, including World No. 1 Frida Kinhult, will play the Women’s Am.
Here’s how the rest of the amateurs fared on Friday:
MC. Emma Spitz, 76-72 (4 over)
MC. Emily Toy, 76-74 (6 over)
MC. Alice Hewson, 75-77 (8 over)
MC. Frida Kinhult, 77-76 (9 over)
MC Ingrid Lindblad, 74-80 (10 over)
ABOUT THE AIG Women's British Open
The Women's British Open is one of the five major
championships of women's professional golf. It is
recognized by both the LPGA Tour and the Ladies
European Tour as a major. Amateurs must have a
handicap of scratch or better. Pre-qualifying
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