Patty Tavatanakit is currently 12th in the Rolex world rankings and 2nd in the LPGA Race to CME Globe.
Major winners and Olympians Patty Tavatanakit and Ariya Jutanugarn headline the 2021 Women’s Scottish Open
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Aug 09, 2021 – Eleven Thai golfers compete in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at glorious Dumbarnie Links as Thai tech company Trust Golf signs a new sponsorship deal with the tournament formerly known as the Ladies Scottish Open. Trust Golf was founded by Dr. Prin Singhanart, working with the next generation of Thai golf professionals, is dedicated to building the game through technology, education and innovation.
Major champions Patty Tavatanakit and Ariya Jutanugarn lead the field on Scotland’s newest links, which were designed to great acclaim by renowned golf course architect Clive Clark. The couple will arrive in Leven, Fife, fresh from representing Thailand at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Tavatanakit is currently 12th in the Rolex world rankings and 2nd in the LPGA Race to CME Globe. The 21-year-old comes to Scotland after the best season of her life, which brought her first big win at ANA Inspiration and another six top 10 placings.
Former world number 1 Ariya Jutanugarn is one of Thailand’s most highly decorated female golfers with 12 LPGA Tour titles including 2 majors. Since 2016 she has been in the top ten in at least one major per year.
Former world number 1 Ariya Jutanugarn is one of Thailand’s most highly decorated female golfers with 12 LPGA Tour titles including 2 majors.
Twelve-time LPGA winner Ariya Jutanugarn said, “I love coming to Scotland, I have great memories of winning in 2018 so it feels special to come back, but it’s a very different golf course and I know it is will get hard on me. The new golf course this year looks beautiful and I am so proud that Trust Golf is creating more opportunities for Thai golfers. There are so many young golfers in Thailand and their determination and hard work inspire me a lot. “
Moriya Jutanugarn joins younger sister Ariya in Dumbarnie. Both are seasoned links golfers with top placements in the Women’s Scottish Open. Ariya became champion in 2018 and finished fifth in 2019 while Moriya finished second. The dynamic duo recently won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a team event in Michigan.
Jasmine Suwannapura will return to Scotland after finishing second at the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon last year, her best major championship result.
Former world number 1 amateur Atthaya Thitikul has her sights set on this year’s Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. Already with a strong track record in golf in the UK, Thitikul is a two-time Smyth-Salver winner as the leading amateur at the AIG Women’s Open 2018 and 2019. She is listed in the history books of the Ladies European Tour as the youngest ever winner of the course and won the Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017 at the age of 14. Currently at number 86 in the Rolex world rankings, Thitikul recently had the 2nd stroke to Ariya Jutanugarn.
Among the other qualified players is Wichanee Meechai, who has taken three top 15 finishes this season, including 12th place in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; two-time LET winner Pornanong Phatlum; and Pajaree Anannarukarn, who recently defeated Emma Talley in a playoff at the ISPS Handa World Invitational to secure her first LPGA Tour win.
As the new title sponsor, Trust Golf aims to create more playing opportunities for aspiring Thai players and will therefore invite players who are otherwise not exempted to join the field at Dumbarnie Links. Among those invited are Thai golfer Prima Thammaraks, a Symetra Tour card holder with three top 15 finishes this season while chasing player status on the LPGA Tour. Chanettee Wannasaen is a rising professional star who won the Honda LPGA Thailand 2021 qualifying event at the age of 16. Trichat Cheenglab takes her place next to Thammaraks and Wannasaen. She achieved Cheenglab’s best placement in her career at the PTT Thailand LPGA Masters in 2019, where she finished 6th. The fourth invitation will be presented to the winner of the Rose Ladies Series Qualifier at Scotscraig Golf Club on August 7th.
New tournament title sponsor Trust Golf is a Thailand-based technology company led by Dr. Prin Singhanart was founded working with the next generation of Thai golf professionals with the intention of expanding now with the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open as their first international company in partnership with the Scottish Government and VisitScotland. The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have been sponsoring the Women’s Scottish Open since 2007 and recently announced another five-year funding agreement with investments of up to £ 6million by 2025 for the Solheim Cup to date in 2019.
Dumbarnie Links, the new venue for the tournament, is one of the newest golf courses in Scotland, but it has received the most acclaim as it immediately made an impact on golf enthusiasts around the world when it opened in May 2020 and has already established itself as a must-see golf experience on the east coast. It is on land a mile and a half from the sea with panoramic views over the Firth of Forth, conveniently between St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Crail which are right on the coast.
Moriya jutanu yarn.