| Khairil Hassan |
THAILAND continued to dominate the South East Asian Amateur Team Golf Championship at The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday.
Thailand’s Danthai Boonma, 2013 SEA Games gold medallist whipped up another blizzard of birdies to lead the Individual Division of the Putra Cup with 10-under-par 61 for a 15-under-par 127 tournament total.
Pg Abd Rahman Pg Hj Tuah, Operations Manager of The Empire Golf Club told the Borneo Bulletin that the 18-year old Thai broke the Empire golf course record with the 10-under-par 61.
“We were not able to confirm who it was yet, but I distinctively remember the last record holder was during the Brunei Open Asian Tour in 2011 done by a professional golfer at 7 or 8-under-par. Danthai Boonma is an 18-year old amateur. He deserves a praise,” Pg Abd Rahman said.
Brunei’s Md Qazzri Fakhri trailed behind in second with a two-day total of 4-under-par 138.
Brunei’s Md Qazzri Fakhri carded a level 71 yesterday which added to 4-under-par 138 tournament total.
“I scored better yesterday, but today was not bad finishing with 71. Hopefully I can do better tomorrow,” Qazzri said.
Starting off the 10th tee, Boonma completed his second round with a brilliant 10-under-par 61. He recorded 5 birdies on the front nine and 5 more birdies on the back nine, putting well throughout the day.
His first time playing in Brunei, Boonma said he felt confident about finishing strong in the third round.
When asked about the Empire golf course, he said it was hard due to the wind on the back nine but he just played the best he could.
“I love the set up of the course and I am happy to set a course record.” Boonma said.
“I had a good iron shots and putted really well. Hopefully I can get another good round in,” he added.
His coach told the Borneo Bulletin: “If he didn’t miss the putt at the Signature Hole on the 15th, he would’ve carded11-under-par. But 10-under-par is good enough and it broke the course record and I am very happy with his performance.”
Thailand’s team of Danthai Boonma, Kasidit Lepkurte, Natipong Srithong and Tawan Phongphun finished strong yesterday with a combined two-day score of 18-uner-par 408.
Singapore’s Marc Ong, Johnson Poh, Abdul Hadi and Gregory Foo finished second with a combined score of 2-under-par 424 who are 16 strokes off the leader while Malaysia’s team finished third with even-par 424 tournament total.
Malaysia fielded their Asian Games players; Mohamad Afif, Mohamad Wafi, Low Khai Jei and Chan Tuck Soon.
Clare Amelia Legaspi of Philippines took over the lead of the Individual Division of the Santi Cup from Singapore’s Koh Sock Hwee after carding a 4-under-par 67 yesterday.
Clare Amelia Legaspi, Pauline DeGuzman and Princess Gimeo Superal of the Philippines continued to lead the Santi Cup with a combined score of 12-under-par 272.
Thailand who fielded Suthavee Chanachai, Parinda Phokan and Benyapa Niphatsophon carded a combined score of 4-under-par 280 to finish second. Third place went to Singapore with a combined score of 1-over-par 285 from Sock Hwee and Amanda’s 72.
Brunei’s Aimas Syazwanie scored 12-over-par 85 and her teammate, Dk Siti Nurmashizriah carded 15-over-par 88 for the Santi Cup.
Thailand’s Suradit Yongchareon, Ekthumrong Luanganuruk and Ekkarat Leksuwan maintained their lead in the Lion City Cup after Day 2 with a combined score of even-par 284. Six strokes behind the leader were the Malaysian team of Galven Kendall Green, Bryan Teoh and Daeng Abdul Rahman who finished with a combined score of 6-over-par 290.
Philippines who fielded Wei Wei Gao, Dan Emilio Cruza and Aidric Jose Chan finished third with a combined score of 8-over-par 292.
In the Individual race, Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai still led with 2-day score of 4-under-par 138. Philippines’ Wei Wei Gao and Malaysia’s Galven Green finished with 2-day score of 2-over-par 144.
Brunei’s Ryan Chee Hong Zu scored 16-over-par 87, Ak Md Syakir carded 20-over-par 91 and Chong Jun Horng scored 24-over-par 95.
In the Kartini Cup, Thailand extended their lead to 20 strokes off their nearest challenger, Indonesia with a combined two-day score of 14-under-par 270.
Indonesia finished with a 6-over-par 290 tournament total. Philippines and Malaysia shared the third place with a combined score of 297 total.Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras of Thailand maintained the lead in the Individual race with a 3-under-68 yesterday for 8-under-par 134 tournament total.
Her teammate Kanyalak Preedasutthijit also carded 3-under-par 68 for a two-day score of 6-under-par 136. In third place was Rivani Adelia Sihotang from Indonesia who carded 1-over-par 72 for a 1-under-par 141 tournament total.
Brunei’s Nurintan Sharifah carded 33-over-par 104 and her teammate scored 37-over-par 108 in the Kartini Cup. Third-round tee times for the 2014 South East Asian Amateur Team Golf Championship will run from 7-9am, off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Empire Hotel & Country Club Course. For more information, contact secretariat at +673 891 6168.