On June 7 at Rayong, Thailand
Ties scatters as Wanchana Poruangrong solo leads in the semi-final round at Rayong Green Valley.
Thailand LPGA Championship leg 5 – Rayong Green Valley
By Richard Talbot
The second day of the 5th leg of the Thailand LPGA championship at Green Valley in Rayong, saw much movement on the leader board as many players who had mixed fortunes battled to work their way back up the leaderboard.
Of the 83 ladies who started the tournament there are now only 9 who are under par and only three players have managed to shoot two rounds breaking par on each occasion. The cut for the final round tomorrow has been set at 10 over, which leaves 56 players playing in the third and final round.
The two best rest rounds of the day were recorded by Kan Bunnabodee and Arpichaya Yubol who both shot rounds of 4 under par. The first day had been disappointing for Arpichaya after she had come off a victory in leg 4 at the Royal Huahin Golf Club.
The youngster from Saraburi, who is known as “Piano” and is still only 16 years old, put behind her the the 5 over par round from Wednesday to push herself back into a tie for 14th place. Kan is like Arpichaya as she is also only 16 years of age, however her great round today was on the back of the good one that she produced yesterday.
The 16 year old student from Chonburi whose nickname is “Dada”, currently sits in equal second place on the leader board at 4 under par and tomorrow she will aim to replicate the front 9 she played this morning, when she carded 5 birdies.
Also in second place lies the consistent Pitsaon Chaichompoo. No player has recorded less bogeys than the 20 year old from Prathum Thani, who has only failed twice to not record par or better during the 36 holes that she has played this week.
The last of the three players sharing second place is Pimnipa Panthong whose strong back 9 ensured that she will be in with a real chance of overhauling the leader Wanchana Poruangrong who sits at the top of the board on 5 under par.
“I’m satisfied in overall performance today. Chip shots were alright, but drive shot always slight to the right due to the wind. In the final, I don’t want to pressure myself so I will focus on my game till the very end.”
On a day when many of the field had their moments in the top places the one person who never left the top three places was Wanchana, who is better known as “Green”. For the second day in succession the final three holes saw her at her very best as she displayed a long game well suited to the luscious fairways of Green Valley, and a short game that was able to cope with the fast greens.
The final day tomorrow should see a charge from many players as they attempt to get ahead of Wanchana. Although her lead is not big she has already proved this week that she will be a tough opponent to overtake.
For the final round, leader group will tee-off from hole 1 at 8am. The group composed of Wanchana Poruangrong, Kan Bunnabodee (AM), Pitsaon Chaichompoo. Afterward, the rewarding ceremony will be held at 1.30pm.