On July 10 at Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand
Alisara Wedchakama swings four under-pars to lead the stormy round at Black Mountain Golf Club.
Stylish Alisara brightens up Black Mountain
By Richard Charles Talbot
The first day at Black Mountain in the 6th leg of the Singha-Sat Thai LPGA Championship 2018, saw the Thai ladies gathering for the first time since the 2018 European Thailand Championship that had taken place at Phoenix two weeks previously.
After the tremendous performance of many of the Thai golfers in that event, there was an air of great expectation as the ladies got themselves back into battling for their domestic competition. As events have proven at Phoenix over the past two years, the standard of the Thailand LPGA is currently at an all-time high, and there are few countries who can boast of such fine depth of talent.
With the venue of Black Mountain providing an outstanding course it was hardly surprising that the event had attracted a strong field. After the previous days qualifiers 84 competitors approached the first tee with great expectation and hope.
The first day however was not for the feint hearted with only 7 players going under par. Showers, wind and fast greens made the course challenging and few players really came to grips with it. However the Raksachat sisters, being local girls from Hua Hin, knew what to expect and they both shot fine 1 under par rounds.
Joining them on the same score was Nemittra Juntanaket who was bringing good form into the tournament after narrowly failing to make the cut at Phoenix. The last player to finish at one under was the 20 year old amateur Sasikarn Somboonsup who hails from Chonburi and managed to shoot 5 birdies on the front 9 holes.
“I’m happy to survive the stormy rain when I started. The course is amazing and beautifully designed. I will enjoy it till the very end.”
However just finishing above these players at 2 under par was Arpichaya Yubol and Wanchana Poruangrong who are currently numbers 1 and 2 in the 2018 Order of Merit.There is a consistency to “Piano’s” game that belies her tender years and the 5th place finish at Phoenix really did demonstrate the immense talent that this 16 year old possesses.
Just finishing above Piano on 3 under was Wannasiri Sirisampant who despite the difficult conditions displayed a calming reassurance around the course. Her performance gave the impression that whatever the result at the end of the week “A” will not be far from the podium.
Not many people would have predicted that the leader at the end of day 1 sitting at 4 under par, would have been Alisara Wedchakama. Sitting at 33 in the current order of merit table she produced a stunning round to lead the other 83 golfers.
“My iron shots were just right and couldn’t get wrong. I managed to earn birdies from most approaches. For first nine, the wind was calm then all of sudden it’s windy and rained. I hope to keep the condition and play my plan.”
Displaying an effortless, graceful swing she carded six birdies to head into the second day ahead of the field. This performance was of no surprise to the many that were here last year as “Mook” shot a similarly impressive first round in 2017. It will be of course her aim to maintain her fine form for the rest of the week, as there are many players well placed to challenge.
For the second round, the leader group consists of: Alisara Wedchakama ;Wannasiri Sirisampant ; and Wanchana Poruangrong, will be teeing off at 9:10 from hole 1.
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