On June 6 at Rayong, Thailand
Upcoming Ladies European Thailand Championship during mid-June probably urge the collective leading. Wanchana Pruangrong, Trichat Cheenglab and Tunrada Piddon fires three under-pars 69 to open the match at Rayong Green Valley.
Thailand LPGA Championship leg 5 – Rayong Green Valley
By Richard Talbot
The end of the first day of the 5th leg of the Thailand LPGA championship at Green Valley in Rayong, saw three players claiming a share of the lead at 3 under par. Wanchana Poruangrong, Trichat Cheenglab and Tunrada Piddon may have all finished on the same score of 69, but they found different methods of achieving their final total.
The most consistent was Trichat Cheenglab who only once failed to achieve at least a par, when she double bogeyed the 15th hole. She did however, made up for this two holes later with an eagle 2 at the par 4, 17th. This has left the 22 year old from Bangkok sitting in a good position going into the second day.
“I’m quite surprise of the results since my previous match I couldn’t bring out my iron shot. Anyway I did practice for it and not knowing it going to improve so soon. This score is one of the lowest as well. For the rest, I will strictly play my plan.”
No player in the field ended the day better than Wanchana Pruangrong who is looking for her second tour victory of the season. The 24 year old, who tasted victory in April at Kabinburi Sports club, birdied both the 17th and 18th to record the best back 9 of the day.
“Short shots at 40 to 70 yards distance still need a brush up. The back nine was alright because of they’re mostly 4 feet away. I want to stick to my game and finish minimum at fifth. This probably beyond my initial aim after these 4 weeks of nonstop tournament.”
However the surprise performance must have been the one produced by 17 year old Bangkok school girl Tunrada Piddon whose round included 8 birdies, 3 bogeys and 1 double bogey. With sister ‘P’ on her bag she attacked the course with greater gusto and at times showed a touch on the green that belied her tender years.
The amateur whose nickname is “Pattic”, is yet another shining example of the reservoir of young golf talent Thailand is producing at the moment. There are a number of other young players in the field who are still very much in contention in this tournament.
“Many great iron shots today, but I really need to work on my putts. I will increase long putts practice in my schedule after this tournament. Anyway, I will use what I have now to do the best of it.”
The course at Green Valley is set up in a manner that players can score well as it is in superb condition with the greens playing true and fast. However, careless strokes are punished and the players have to beware of the carefully designed hazards.
There is a saying in golf that no tournament is won on the first day, yet there are quite a few lost. With this in mind it is worth mentioning that are 21 players within 3 shots of the lead. The next two days should produce some marvelous golf as so many of the golfers will be striving to finish at the top of the leader board.
Because of collective leading, threes need to share Best of the Day (4,000 THB).