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Jutanugarn, 17, earns 1st pro title at LET event

Ariya Jutanugarn
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Turned away by the LPGA, Ariya Jutanugarn is already making some noise overseas.

The Thai teen earned her first professional title in just her fourth Ladies European Tour start, shooting 69-67-67-67 to score a three-stroke victory Sunday at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Agadir, Morocco.

Jutanugarn, 17, was the second-ranked amateur in the world when she turned pro last year. She petitioned the LPGA to be granted an age exemption but was denied, preventing her from being able to compete in Q-School alongside her older sister, Moriya, who eventually earned her card. A few months later, Ariya captured medalist honors at LET Q-School.

Prior to her victory in Morocco, Jutanugarn was a factor in a pair of LPGA events, finishing second at the Honda LPGA Thailand and fourth at the HSBC Champions.

When asked how she would spend the $62,000 first-place check, Jutanugarn told the LET website, “It’s all for my dad. I’m going to keep playing on the European Tour and I hope to win some more.”