Young Atthaya 3rd at Thailand Champion
Pattaya: Chonlada Chayanun fired an opening four-under-par 68 to share the preliminary lead with Ana Menendez at the inaugural Ladies European Thailand Champion.
Chonlada birdied the 5th, 6th, 10th, 13th and 16th holes, with a singular bogey on the par-three 11th to match Menendez, whose 68 was the most affordable round of her profession, at the par-72 Phoenix Golf and Nation Club.
The 24-year-old Chonlada from Nakhon Ratchasima, who was a 2015 Professional athlete of the Year at Iowa State University in the United States, stated: “My motorist was actually great. I struck 13 fairways today and missed out on just one, which was on hole 18. I struck 14 greens and made all the up and downs. My putting was great and I had 30 putts, however it might have been much better.”
Menendez, a 2nd year expert from Mexico City, made 5 birdies on her very first 14 holes the other day to get a one-stroke lead, however then dropped a chance at the par-three 16th to sit together with the Thai star.
” I’m extremely happy with the method I played today. I remained client out there and I take pride in how I focused and held it together,” stated the 25-year-old Menendez.
” I believe this is a course where you require to strategise a lot, and I was doing that well. A few of the bounces can amaze you, so I was pleased with how I handled the course and I got up and down when I required to and made 2 chip-ins today, so that assisted.”
Menendez made 2 cuts from 10 starts in 2015 as a novice on the trip however has actually currently enhanced with a profession finest tie for 21st location at the Lalla Meryem Cup in 2017.
Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul, the youngest gamer in the field, was 2 strokes back in 3rd area after an opening 70.
The 14-year-old has the benefit of having actually played in the Thailand Ladies’ Amateur Champion on the very same golf course two times in the past. 2 years earlier, she connected for 4th in case with a three-round overall of level par aged 12.
Atthaya stated: “I’m so pleased with my rating today and it was so great. I utilized the experience of playing in the Honda LPGA Thailand to get ready for this. I want to make it here and get more experience.”
Norwegian Madelene Stavnar, who is the Ladies European Trip’s youngest member at 16, is a stroke even more behind in a tie for 4th location with Jessica Karlsson of Sweden and Germany’s Karolin Lampert.
Stavnar stated: “I am pleased with the preliminary. Things can constantly be much better however it was a rough start and after that it improved. My driving, wedges and putting were working well.
” This is my very first time in Thailand, so it’s a brand-new nation and I’m not utilized to the heat. It’s extremely various from house.”
There were 5 gamers connected for seventh put on even par. They are in 2015’s LET Gain access to Series order of benefit winner Sarah Schober from Austria, Luna Sobron from Spain, Olivia Cowan from Germany and Thai set Pajaree Anannarukarn and Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro.
The 2nd round gets under method at 7am today.
DUO SET EARLY RATE
Panuphol Pittayarat and Meechok Phantharak shot matching six-under-par 65s to get the preliminary lead at the rain-hit Singha Classic 2017 at the par-71 Royal Hills Golf Resort & & Day Spa in Nakhon Nayok the other day.
The duo were one shot ahead of Sofa Prakongvech.
Panuphol, 24, had a bogey-free round of 6 birdies, while Meechok, 17, carded 7 birdies versus one bogey at the two-million-baht competition.
” I dip into this course frequently so I understand it well
Title-holder Jazz Janewattananond started his defence with a three-under 68.
A heavy rain in the afternoon required a one-hour hold-up and a few of the gamers were not able to complete their preliminaries the other day night.