Wijono sets early lead as weather slows first round – Asian Development Tour

Wijono sets early lead as weather slows first round

Indonesia’s Jonathan Wijono set a blistering pace at the start of the Combiphar Players Championship in Bandung today, posting a six-under-par 66 to establish a two shot lead after an early start and only a double bogey at his last hole prevented him opening an even bigger lead.

He was joined at the top by Thailand’s Suttijet Kooratanapisan during a weather-disrupted afternoon at the US$100,000 Asian Development Tour event, which is being held at Parahyangan Golf Club in Bandung from September 20-23.

“My game today was very good,” said Wijono after his round. “I’ve been playing really solid so far in practice and my goal is to maintain this level for the week. A few mistakes but I think today was very solid.”

“I was going well until I made a double bogey on nine. Second shot I hit it a bit too hard and the ball went in the bunker, that was one of the mistakes, but overall today was very solid, I’m very happy,” he added.

Kade McBride
Kade McBride of Australia. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OB Golf

The threat of lightning forced a two-hour weather delay during the afternoon and play was stopped due to failing light at 5.40pm. Suttijet has six holes to complete his round when play restarts at 6.15am tomorrow. Six groups on each nine still have to complete their rounds, and Round Two will start at 7am.

Indonesia’s Joshua Andrew Wirawan leads a group in third place on four under par, together with Australia’s Kade McBride and Chanat Sakulpolphaisan of Thailand. The three players were part of the morning wave and were able to complete their rounds without incident and posted a score of 68.

In sixth place on three under par, Malaysia’s Ervin Chang, Shinichi Mizuno of Japan and England’s Joshua Grenville-Wood posted early scores of 69, together with Tawit Polthai of Thailand and Indonesia’s Benita Kasiadi.

Ervin Chang
Ervin Chang of Malaysia. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OB Golf

They were joined later in the day by Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin and Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand who made a promising start in the afternoon wave before progress was halted by the weather. They will resume in the morning with three holes to play.

Thailand’s Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij also sits in sixth with one hole to complete his first round, followed by Harrison Gilbert of Australia who has another six holes to go.