facebook
twitter
search
search

Local teen leads LPGA Thailand tournament

Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:46 AM

CHONBURI, Thailand, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, riding a string of five consecutive birdies, grabbed the lead Saturday at the Honda LPGA Thailand golf tournament.

Jutanugarn, 17, will be seeking Sunday to become the second teenager to win a professional women's tournament this year. Lydia Ko, 15, won the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open two weeks ago.

Jutanugarn had a very uneven round Saturday, however. She had seven birdies but also a double bogey and bogeys on three of her final four holes in a 2-under-par 70 and 54-hole total of 11-under 205.

Stacy Lewis, who led by three strokes going into the third round, suffered through a six-bogey day -- including bogeys on her last three holes -- for a 4-over 76. She is tied with Pak Se-ri (71 Saturday) and Beatriz Recari (70) for second at 8-under.

Jutanugarn opened her third round with a birdie but, after seven pars, had a double bogey at the par-4 ninth. She ran off five straight birdies over Nos. 10-14 in taking the lead. She went bogey-birdie at Nos. 15 and 16 before bogeys at 17 and 18 brought her closer to the field.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: Stacy Lewis
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Los Angeles Dodgers trade for Mat Latos, Mike Morse from Miami Marlins
Mexico ousts national team coach
Baseball Hall of Fame to change voting eligibility
Andres Blanco's double keeps Philadelphia Phillies rolling
Aggressive Miami Marlins down Washington Nationals