GIU - Chiara Noja
Chiara Noja feels the positive vibes in her team in helping in a good campaign so far. Image Credit: Supplied photo

Bangkok: I shot a second successive round of 71 to be two-under par today (Friday) in the 54 hole $1 million ARAMCO Team Series – Bangkok at the Thai Country Club, Thailand on the Ladies’ European Tour.

My tee time was a lot earlier today at 9.40 am, but I have still not adjusted to the humidity and the heat. I now have sunburn on sunburn. It was 35 degrees, with 60% humidity and a light 4 mph wind early on today.

My round was just as consistent as yesterday: three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars. This puts me in tied 18th with one round to go.

Leading the field is local Thai player Patty Tavatanakit on nine-under par, but I am only three shots back of sixth place.


The highlight of the day was undoubtedly our team performance: after the first round, Team Hewson: consisting of Alice Hewson (Eng), Carly Booth (Scot), our amateur, American NFL legend Victor Green and myself were ‘holding up the field’ with a score of just five-under par in a best two from four format. This morning, the mood amongst us was so different and we shot a joint best score of the day 16 under par to finish a respectable tied 11th on 21 under par.

That positive vibe in the whole group helped all of us all day on the golf course.

The Team event was won by Team Hillier with players: Whitney Hillier (Aus), Chonlada Chayanun (Thai), Krista Bakker (Fin) and nine-handicap amateur Pattanan Amatanon (Thai) lifting the trophy by three shots with a 31 under par card, with the three pros each winning $33,533.15.

I am still doing some Year 10 school work this week, around my golf or perhaps the other way around. The school lessons are all recorded online, so I can catch-up on Teams on my laptop whenever I am able to find time, usually at night back at the hotel. It is working OK.

My plan for the final round tomorrow (Saturday) is to stick to what I have been doing for the first two rounds. I have a tee time of 10.58 am and will be playing with Magdalena Simmermacher (Arg) and Paz Marfa Sans (Spain).

Another big day for me tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Speak soon and if those in the UAE want to watch all the action on TV, tune into Dubai Sports Channel with the local broadcast times from 9 am – 1 pm (UAE Time).

- Chiara Noja is a 16-year-old lady professional, born in Germany and now based in Dubai. She turned pro in 2021 and has played events on both the Ladies European Tour (LET) and LET Access Tour. Chiara represents Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai.