Thai duo lead the way with morning birdie fest – Asian Development Tour

Thai duo lead the way with morning birdie fest

Thailand’s Suteepat Prateeptienchai (pictured) took advantage of his early start and calmer weather in the second round of the OB Golf Invitational, presented by Jababeka, posting six birdies for 64 to take the lead on 12 under.

Compatriot Piya Sawangarunporn also advanced up the leaderboard, scoring the day’s best score with a bogey-free 63 to ease into solo second in the US$70,000 Asian Development Tour event.

First round leader Ervin Chang of Malaysia could only advance his score by one, playing in the afternoon at Jababeka Golf & Country Club when the wind picked up and left him with a one-under-par 69.

Nirun Sae-Ueng of Thailand. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OB Golf

Australia’s Kade McBride also posted a 69, reducing his overall score by one but dropped into a share of fourth place with Thailand’s Nirun Sae-Ueng (68) who was going well until his final few holes, dropping three shots in as many holes to post a total of 134.

Jeremy Wendelken (68) of the USA and Matt Killen (68) of England improved on their first round scores to move into a share of sixth place, together with Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan (67). His compatriots Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij and Chonlatit Chuenboonngam both scored even par.

Local golfers Jonathan Wijono and Benita Kasiadi lead a group on four under par in 11th place, together with Thailand’s Pisitchai Thippong, Abdul Hadi of Singapore and Lloyd Jefferson Go of the Philippines who pegged a couple of late birdies to make ground.

Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij of Thailand. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OB Golf

China’s Chen Guxin (72) couldn’t get off the bogey train early in his round and was unable to build on his bright start in round one. He shares 16th place with Thailand’s Sarun Sirithon (70), Indonesia’s Naraajie E. Ramadhanputra (69) and Joshua Grenville-Wood of England who finished the day with even par.