Moriya Jutanugarn, a 13-year-old from Thailand, became the first girl to win The Junior Open, The R&’s biennial 54-hole championship for under-16s. Moriya added a round of 78 in extremely difficult conditions to her opening 72-75 to finish on a nine-over-par total of 225. Moriya, from Bangkok, is a scratch golfer and is the Girls’ Champion of Thailand. She had never played golf in Europe before and had not set foot on a links course prior to this week.

Overnight leader Steven Lam of Hong Kong retained the lead with nine holes to play, but had a triple bogey on the 13th to fall behind, and failed to birdie the par-5 closing hole to draw level. 14-year-old Jordan Spieth of Texas tied for second with Lam after a birdie at the last and his challenge could have been stronger had he not bogeyed the 11th, 13th and 15th.

“I had a great putt for a birdie that rimmed out at the 17th,” said Spieth. “It was that kind of day for me. Moriya was a little bit lucky to chip in for an 8. If she hadn’t done that, we could have had a play-off. But she deserved it. A great little player.”

R&A JUNIOR OPEN, Hesketh Golf Club, Southport

GOLD CATEGORY

FINAL TOTALS

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225 Miss Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 72 75 78

226 Steven Lam (Hong Kong) 73 73 80, Jordan Spieth (USA) 72 76 78

227 Meen-Whee Kim (Korea) 72 78 77

230 Miss Mami Fukuda (Japan) 70 80 80

231 Frederik Hammer (Denmark) 76 77 78, Miss Laetitia Beck (Israel) 75 79 77, Robert De Biase (Venezuela) 73 78 80

232 Harry Whittle (England) 76 75 81

234 Scott Vincent (Zimbabwe) 74 79 81

233 Joaquin Lolas (Peru) 83 74 76

236 Miss Kristen Park (USA) 75 82 79, Sam Dix (Wales) 75 81 80

237 Miss Maria Yacaman (Colombia) 73 82 82, Paul McPhee (Scotland) 76 73 88, Peter Valasek (Slovak Rep) 76 83 78

238 Daniel Murphy (Ireland) 78 77 83

239 Miss Jisoo Keel (Canada) 79 79 81

240 Miss Daniela Ortiz (Mexico) 76 80 84, Kentaro Toyota (Japan) 78 77 85

241 Cyril Suk (Czech Rep) 81 79 81

242 Miss Katharina Soehnlein (Germany) 76 82 84

243 Andy Yang (Canada) 79 84 80, Tanapol Vattanapiisit (Thailand) 78 81 84

244 Miss Federica Maria Costantini (Italy) 76 82 86

246 Miss Katja Pogacar (Slovenia) 83 81 82

247 Matias Dominguez (Chile) 73 79 95

249 Miss Hannah Marie Turland (England) 85 81 83, Miss Amanda Chin (Malaysia) 80 83 86

250 Shehzad Hafiz (Cayman Islands) 81 86 83, Asaf Cohen (Israel) 82 84 84, Miss Johanne Svendsen (Denmark) 78 84 88

251 Sebastian Schwind (Germany) 80 85 86

252 Miss Connie Chen (Soth Africa) 85 75 92

253 Miguel Meyer (South Africa) 80 90 83

254 Miss Manuela Carbajo Re (Argentina) 80 83 91

255 Daniel Zuluago Ocampo (Colombia) 85 80 90

256 Juan Miguel Heredia (Ecuador) 83 91 82, Filippo Zucchetti (Italy) 82 89 95

259 Thomas Boffejon (Switzerland) 86 83 90, Dayne Moore (Zambia) 87 81 91

260 Glen De Waal (Namibia) 80 93 87, Carlos Solis (Mexico) 86 90 84

266 Thomas Mantovanini (Brazil) 85 91 90, Miss Stephanie Ho (Hong Kong) 81 97 88

269 Jabulane Mabaso (Swaziland) 97 95 77

279 Subhy Hakin (Lebanon) 82 105 92