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Youth Olympic medals for R&A Champions

Women’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion Atthaya Thitikul is making 2018 a year to remember after winning a Gold Medal representing Thailand in the mixed team golf competition at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

Playing with partner Vanchai Luangnitikul, the 16-year-old rising star birdied the final two holes to dramatically beat the team of Lucy Li and Akshay Bathia from the United States by one stroke. The Thai pair finished on a 12-under-par total of 268 to seal a memorable victory.

Argentine duo Ela Anacona and Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira finished five strokes further back on a seven-under-par total of 273 to take the Bronze Medal.

Memorable year

The victory for Thitikul comes on the back of winning the World Junior Girls Championship at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Canada last month and finishing as the leading amateur in the RICOH Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in August.

She has also won four amateur events in her native Thailand this year and is currently ranked 11th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™

Spitz success

There was also success for 2018 Girls Amateur Champion Emma Spitz who finished third in the individual women’s golf event in Argentina.

Spitz, who also played in the Junior Ryder Cup for Europe last month, featured in a three-way play-off against Alessia Nobilio of Italy and Yuka Saso of the Philippines after all three players finished level on a four-over-par total of 215.

Nobilio triumphed in the play-off to seal the Silver Medal with Spitz edging out Saso to claim the Bronze Medal.

Australia bag gold medals

Grace Kim of Australia won the Gold Medal by three strokes on a one-over-par total of 211, which was matched by her compatriot Kim Vilips in the men’s individual competition to give Australia a clean sweep of gold medals in the men’s and women’s events. 

Karl Vilips posted a one-under-par 69 in the final round to finish two shots clear of the field on a four-under-par total of 206.

Askhay Bhatia of the United States took the Silver Medal after he carded a level-par 70 to finish in second place while Jerry Ji of the Netherlands won the Bronze Medal.

Please visit the 2018 Youth Olympics website for results and further information www.buenosaires2018.com