A preview of a possible future star
CHONBURI, Thailand – Get used to the name Ariya Jutanugarn. She’s coming to a USGA event near you this summer if all goes as planned. Jutanugarn hopes to play in the USGA trifecta: U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior. Last summer, she upset Alexis Thompson in the Round of 16 at the Girls’ Junior.
Jutanugarn, 14, might as well be the Thompson of Thailand. The Bangkok native became the youngest to qualify for an LPGA event three years ago, at 11 years, 11 months and 2 days old, breaking Michelle Wie’s recored. Jutanugarn finished T-51 at Siam’s Old Course and is back this week to see if she can improve on that impressive feat.
The bespectacled Jutanugarm birdied the last hole to shoot even par. Her older sister, Moriya, 15, carried the bag. Moriya missed out on qualifying by two shots. She played in last year’s Honda event and tied for 28th.