Former LPGA member Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong got off to a great start in the second circuit of the Bt2.5 million “SAT-TWT Open” Road to World Ranking following an unblemished round of 66 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Chonburi on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old player whose best finish on the LPGA was tied seventh in the 2018 Kingsmill Championship produced four birdies plus an eagle on the ninth hole to become the opening round lone leader at the par 72 6,328 yard layout.
“I didn’t use my driver today but I did pretty well with my iron No 3 on the tee shots,” said Sherman who won a local tournament in Hua Hin in late September. “However, I still wasn’t happy with my game as there were some erratic shots that I needed to fix. I have to work on my drive and fix something on my swing,” added the player from Bueng Kan province.
Despite her good start, Sherman did not want to aim too high this week as she prefers to take one round at a time.
“My goal for every tournament is to stay focused and stick to my routine. I normally don’t eye on a particular position in a tournament. I’d rather focus on producing high percentage shots,” added Sherman who has been playing at the Phoenix Gold for 7 years.
Following a stroke behind was the up-and-coming Chanettee Wannasaen after the 18-year-old player fired seven birdies (holes No 2-4, 9, 12, 14, and 16) against two bogeys (holes No 5 and 13).
“It was a good round based on the way I putted. In fact, I was putting poorly coming to this tournament. I’m happy to get my momentum back even I should have shot a lower score,” said the teenage star from Chiang Mai who finished runner-up in the previous TWT event at the Lake View Resort and Golf Club in Petchaburi two months ago.
“Hitting five under par isn’t so bad. I hope to make more putts in the next two days,” added Chanettee who won the qualifying event of the LPGA Thailand earlier this year.
Red-hot Arpichaya Yubol who has bagged three titles this season (two local tours and one Thailand Mixed event) hit seven birdies against three bogeys for an opening 68 to land at lone third.
The second stop of the SAT-TWT Open which offers total prize money of Bt2.5 million is held under strict protocols by the province and the government against COVID-19 which must be respected by players, guests, and tournaments officials. Players and officials must produce negative results of their Swap Test or ATK within 72 hours on the registration day in order to take part in the competition. Furthermore, players and their companies must receive at least two doses of vaccines against COVID-19.
SAT-TWT Open - это турнир по штрих-плею из 54 лунок (по 18 в каждом раунде). В 36 лунках будут соревноваться примерно 114 игроков, 60 лучших выйдут в финальный раунд. Победитель будет награжден солидным чеком на сумму 367 500 бат.
SAT-TWT Open проводится при поддержке Спортивного управления Таиланда, Национального фонда развития спорта, SCB Bank, P. Overseas Steel Public Company Limited и Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. Болельщики могут следить за обновлениями турнира на странице THAI WPGA в Facebook или на сайте www.thaiwpga.com
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