Chutichai crowned amateur queen of the course

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am

Porani Chutichai continued her stellar 2005 season by winning the Aquascutum Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Fanling yesterday. After starting the day in a three-way tie for the lead, Chutichai carded a solid even-par round of 71 to capture her first Hong Kong title by two shots from fellow Thai Pornanong Phatlum.

Chutichai, who plans to turn professional in two weeks, praised her consistency off the tee throughout the event. 'My driving was very good this week. I've been hitting it long and straight which has made my second shots that much easier. My putting wasn't very steady, but fortunately it didn't matter,' she said.

Chutichai shot to attention following her win at the 2004 World University Golf Championships and has since enjoyed frequent success on the Asian amateur circuit, winning three times in 2005. The 20-year-old, who hails from the Santiburi Country Club in Chang Rai, added that she hoped to begin her professional career on the women's Asian Tour in January.

Hong Kong teenager Demi Mak finished the championship in a tie for third following a gutsy final round of 71. Chief executive of the Hong Kong Golf Association Iain Valentine described Mak's effort as 'an extremely impressive performance'.