On July 12 at Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand
Once again that Arpichaya Yubol coming like a dark horse as she set high standard with seven under-pars 65. In total she collected nine under-pars 135, 2 leading strokes at Black Mountain Golf Club.
With 7 birdies and non-existing bogies, she also earned Best of the Day (4,000 THB).
The Mountain comes alive to the sound of “Piano”
By Richard Charles Talbot
The start of the second day at Black Mountain saw a very untypical Thailand day with the overcast skies promising a drenching to the golfers at the start of the day. Light rain was falling but the wet conditions gave the golfers the advantage of taking some of the pace out of the fast greens.
The early starters certainly took advantage of these favorable conditions with both Dianne Luke and Yupaporn Kawinpakorn making significant advances up the leader board. It wasn’t long before the lead groups also started to bear fruit from the favorable conditions, with Wannasiri Sirisampant and Wanchana Poruangrong soon getting level with the overnight leader Alisara Wedchakama, who herself was having a good round
As the round progressed it was clear that many players were making serious challenges to the top of the leader board from off the pace. This was being led by Arpichaya Yubol. The last two months has seen the 16 year regularly produce rounds of golf that are right up there in the top bracket. Today she shot a brilliant 7 under par 65 to go to 9 under par for the tournament and a 2 shot lead.
The young players shared:
“I would say that the outcome is as my father and I planned. Therefore, I was a bit worried because I lessened my practice during examination period. My drive shots were unstable but rescued by putts. I love the first birdie at hole 2 par 5, where I did only 2 putts for the hole.
For the final day, again, I will play my plan like I always do.”
However “Piano” was not the only player playing fantastic golf, with Yupaporn herself shooting a 67 to move to 3 under overall and sixth place in the tournament. Both Wannasiri Sirisampant and the amateur Wassawan Sangkapan shot 68’s, and 69’s were recorded by Nanthikarn Raksachat,Chommapat Pongthanarak and Dianne Luke.
The fine round by Wannasiri has left her two shots behind “Piano” with Alisara Wedchakama a shot behind in 3rd. The leader from the previous evening once again produced another good round of golf and she is handily placed for a strong challenge tomorrow.
The scores of today has proved that many players are capable of returning tomorrow and matching Arpichaya’s fine score. This contest is still simmering and with players such as Wanchna Poruangrong and Nemmitra Jutanaket also just off the lead there are many still with a great chance. A close finish would be a fine conclusion to what has been a fantastic competition.
The cut has been made from four over-pars 148. As a result, 48 players are competing in the final, 42 career players and 6 amateurs.
Final round leader group consists of Arpichaya Yubol, Wannasiri Sirisampant, and Alisara Wedchakama. They will be teeing off from hole 1 at 8:10am. At the end, the rewarding ceremony will be held about 1pm.
FULL LEADERBOARD: http://tlpga.maxxintersports.com/livescore.aspx?disp=1&pid=201806&round=2