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But the long-limbed Korean will be up against a talent-laden roster toughened up by a slew of Thai aces coming off a stint in Ladies Professional Golf Association of Taiwan, including Saraporn Chamchoi and former LPGT leg winner Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang.
Though she improved from an opening 75 with a 73, the reigning LPGT Order of Merit champion stayed three adrift at 148 in a tie with Thais Ajira Nualraksa and defending champion Onkanok Soisuwan, who shot 72 and 73, respectively.
But the former Junior World titlist stumbled with two bogeys in the last five holes at the front and dropped to joint third with Thais Wad Phaewchimple and Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro, former LPGT leg winner Ching Huangand fellow Taiwanese Hsuan Ping Chang and amateur Yu-Chiang Hou, winner of the TLPGA Ladies Open last year.
The reigning LPGT Order of Merit (OOM) missed this event last year that saw young Thai Onkanok Soisuwan rip the field to mark her pro debut in winning fashion with the duo, along with a slew of others, gearing up for three days of battle of shotmaking and iron game in the wind.
The Pinays, however, are also ready for the showdown with former LPGT OOM winners Pauline del Rosario and Princess Superal heading the hosts' title drive along with Chihiro Ikeda, winner of the last LPGT leg at Midlands last May, guaranteeing a shootout right from the first shot.
The reigning LPGT Order of Merit missed this event last year that saw young Thai Onkanok Soisuwan rip the field to mark her pro debut in winning fashion with the duo, along with a slew of others, gearing up for three days of battle of shotmaking and iron game in the wind.
But for sure, she'll be coming into the 54-hole champion well-motivated though she will be hard-pressed to duplicate her feat given the strength of the field, both from the local aces and the compact roster of other foreign bidders in the P750,000 tournament serving as the 10th leg of the seventh season of the LPGT put up by ICTSI.
Focus will also be on Thanutra Boonraksasat and Arpichaya Yubol, back-to-back winners of LPGT events at Manila Southwoods and Manila Golf last March and April, respectively, along with Sock Hwee Koh of Singapore, Mayumi Chinzei, Yuri Onishi and Kotona Tateura of Japan, and Yeseul Lee and Jin Hee Park of South Korea.
Thai targets LPGT Malarayat title repeat !-- -- (Philstar.com) - August 12, 2019 - 2:21pm MANILA, Philippines Thai Onkanok Soisuwan sets out for another crack at the crown at the very course where she scored a breakthrough last year, headlining the cast in the ICTSI Mt.
PRINCESS SUPERAL snapped a 16-month title spell on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour (LPGT) in imposing fashion, closing out with an eagle-spiked, bogey-free 61 to rally from four down and win by four over Chihiro Ikeda in the P1 million International Container Terminal Services Inc.
Del Rosario ran away with a 14-stroke romp over Daniella Uy at Royal Northwoods last April but fell short of her back-to-back LPGT bid at Midlands, losing in a playoff to a resurgent Chihiro Ikeda last May.
The Thais, who will also count on Punpaka Phuntumabamrung, Chonlada Chayanun and Ornnicha Konsunthea, dominated last year's edition of the annual circuit put up by ICTSI, winning five of the 12 titles, including Pattaranakrueang's thriller of a win over the former three-time LPGT Order of Merit champion.
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