Thailand’s Chonlatit Chuenboonngam turned in one of the low rounds of the day, posting a six-under 64 to vault up the leaderboard and into a share of the lead at the Indo Masters Golf Invitational presented by TNE.
Harrison Gilbert of Australia kept up the pressure following his low round yesterday to join the Thai in first place after an uninterrupted day’s golf at Imperial Club Golf, Lippo Karawaci, but two bogeys marred an otherwise impressive round of 67 which saw him finish at 12 under par, even after eagling the par five 11th for a second consecutive day.
Overnight leader Jesse Yap of Singapore started brightly in the US$70,000 Asian Development Tour event, but lost impetus with a bogey on the ninth hole, followed by two more dropped shots as his round came to a close. He shares third place with a group of four on 10 under par, including Thai duo Chanat Sakulpolphaisan and Sarun Sirithon who were in lockstep through the day.
Harrison Gilbert of Australia. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OBGolf
Playing together in the same group, Sakulpolphaisan and Sirithon finished with a pair of 68s to join Yap and fellow Thai Jakraphan Premsirigorn in third, Sakulpolphaisan pegging a bogey-free round while Sirithon mixed in two more birdies and two bogeys to match his final score.
Someone with better luck than Yap on the ninth hole was Justin Quiban of the Philippines, who holed out from the fairway for an albatross on the par five hole to close out his front nine in style. The rest of his round was also top notch, adding six birdies and just the one bogey to finish with a 64, matching the low round of the day and lifting him from 42nd place overnight to a share of 11th.
Leader after Round 1, Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin, improved on his par score from yesterday but was unable to advance any further up the leaderboard with two bogeys slowing an otherwise good scoring round, including an eagle on the par 11th, one of four scored on the hole during the day.
Sarun Sirithon of Thailand. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OBGolf
Thailand’s Nattawat Suvajanakorn posted an impressive 65 to move into the top, with just one dropped shot against eight birdies to share 8th place at seven under par, joined by Malaysia’s Amir Nazrin and fellow Thai Tawit Polthai who scored a pair of 68s.
At six-under-par, a group led by Lloyd Jefferson Go and Justin Quiban of the Philippines, Australia’s Jack Murdoch and Ryoto Furuya of the USA share 11th place and while not completely out of contention, will need to take advantage of the low scores available and hope for some intervention by nature to make up ground on the leaders going into the final round.
After the disruptive storm delays of Round One, organisers OBGolf will be hoping for a continuation of the fine weather that has allowed two days of rain-free golf as the second event of an eight-leg Indonesia series comes to a conclusion.