On June 22 at Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand
2 import players share the lead in the second round at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. Pauline Del Rosario of Philippines and Lyn Carlsson of Sweden wrapped up the cutting round with seven under-pars 137.
Del Rosario storms up the leaderboard at Phoenix Gold
By Richard C Talbot
The end of the second day at the Ladies European Thailand Tournament at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club, gives a real international feel to proceedings, as the top four positions are occupied by ladies from four different nations.
The day proved more of a success for local golfers as many Thai players improved markedly from day one. Of the players who have made the cut of 3 over par, there will be 24 Thai LPGA players who will be competing hard to try and get to the top of the leaderboard by the end of Sunday afternoon.
Currently lying in equal third spot are Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands and Kanyalak Preedasuthijit from nearby Chonburi. Today the birdies were not coming as easy for the Dutchwoman as they were yesterday, but she stuck to her guns and still recorded a one under score to leave her well placed at six under par.
Preedasuthijit mentioned: “I’m sticking to the plan I made with my father and have fun with it . Whenever I can enjoy the game, a blessing result shows. Great game, great putts, but I still need to control my drive shot in fairway.”
Level with Van Dam is the 19 year old Thai golfer more commonly known as “Bew” who scored the lowest round in the morning with 4 under par. With her lying in 5th place in the Thai Order of Merit and third place in the China Merit table she will have form on her side as the competition heads into the weekend.
The lead is being shared currently by two players on seven under par. Pauline Del Rosario hails from Pinay in the Philippines and currently she shares her time playing on the both the Thailand and China LPGA tours. Todays 5 under round saw her surging to share the top place on the leaderboard.
Del Rosario stated: “I was able to play here last year and glad to be back, as I got in through Thai LPGA. I play four tours: Philippines, China, Thai and Taiwan. Today my shots weren’t that accurate, but my putts were rolling in.”
She is currently sharing it with Sweden’s Lyn Carlsson, whose fine 7 under par saw her emerging from even further back than Del Rosario, as she started the day at level par. The 12th placed player on Europe’s Merit Table, was a model of consistency as drive after drive found the centre of the Phoenix fairways.
Carlsson shared: “My dad helps a lot; he knows me very well and we are a great team. I just enjoyed the game out there. I played very solid golf today, hit a lot of good approach shots into the greens and hit a lot of good putts,”
There are a number of Thai players who are just outside of the top places. Both Ploychompoo Wirairungrueng and Aunchisa Utama sitting on 4 under par they will both hope that by having two good rounds will improve their chances of lifting this prestigious trophy.
The cut has been made at 3 over par and this leaves 32 players, out of the remaining 65, who are currently under par. Many players will fancy their chances of success and the way the week has started it would take a brave man, or woman, to confidently predict the winner.’
On June 23, the third round will begin from hole 1 at 7.20 am. The leader groups will tee-off at 11.20am.