UMA CNS Asian Tour Open Golf Championship: 2nd Round – 3 Thai Players Lead
KARACHI: After the second round of this four rounds UMA CNS Asian Tour Open Golf Championship being contested at the Karachi Golf Club Golf Course, the leaders of the championship are three premier players of Thailand – Jakraphan Premsirigorn, Namchok Tantipokhkul and Suradit Yong. They ended the two rounds at an aggregate score of 137, seven under par.
As for the hosts Pakistan, the number two ranked player of the national golf circuit, M. Munir is placed one shot behind the leading trio at a two days aggregate score of 138, six under par and this position he shares with Pawin Ingkhapradit of Thailand, who also managed a score of 138, similar to the score achieved by M. Munir.
As for the overnight young leader Ahmed Baig, he slipped to seventh position because of a minor hiccup, which marred his scorecard somewhat and he concluded the second round at an aggregate score of 141, three under par. Even though he slipped a little down the leader-board, there is ample optimism that he will regain his imposing position in this championship through golfing excellence during the remaining two rounds.
While the trio of Thai players demonstrated inspiring consistency in terms of hitting ability and motivating work on the greens , M. Munir of Islamabad made his presence felt by exquisite hitting off the tees and splendid putting. His score on the first day was 69 and he virtually duplicated this perfection during the second round also with an impressive round of 69, three under par and an overall aggregate of 138. Sharing the second position with Munir is Pawin of Thailand.
The leading scores:
- Suradit Yongcharoenchai (Thailand) 69+68=137
- Jakraphan Premsirigorn (Thailand) 69+68=137
- Namchok Tantipokhakul (Thailand)67+70=137
- M. Munir (Pakistan) 69+69=138
- Pawin (Thailand) 68+70=138
- Tirawat Kaewsir (Thailand) 71+69=140
- Mitchell Slorach(Singapore)72+69=141
- Siddikur Rehman (Bangla Desh) 71+70=141
- Koh Deng Shan (Singapore) 70+71=141
- Ahmed Baig (Pakistan) 67+74=141
- Muhammed Shabbir (Pakistan) 68+73=141
- Settee Prako(Thailand) 72+69=141,
- Suttijet Kooratanapisan (Thailand) 71+70=141
- James Ryan(Phillipines) 68+73=141
There were ample pitfalls for the brilliant Pakistanis participating in this Asian Tour UMA CNS Open Golf Championship during the second round yesterday. Shabbir Iqbal was unable to come up with an outstanding performance and also without luster were the performances of M. Matloob and Shahid Javed Khan.
The cut was placed at the end of the second round and out of 131 participants, 57 stand weeded out and will no longer be a part of this championship. Interestingly, the weeded out ones include quite a few overseas players also and whereas two are from Austria , four are from Thailand, one from Philippines and one from India. Seven players from India made the cut.
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