Prom Meesawat shot a finishing eagle for a second round 66 to join a three-way clubhouse leads
Prom, Atthaya, Chapchai take clubhouse lead in rain interrupted Thailand Mixed second round
Two-time Asian Tour winner Prom Meesawat shot a finishing eagle for a second round 66 to join a three-way clubhouse lead with wonder girl Atthaya Thitikul and Chapchai Nirat as rain suspended round two of the Bt3-million Thailand Mixed presented by Golf Trust II on Friday.
The 32-year-old was hot on his heels as he carded four birdies before ending with an eagle on the ninth hole to lead on 10 under-par-134 at the Alpine Golf Resort in Lumphun province.
“You have to be content to shoot 10 under after two rounds on a tough course like this,” said Prom whose career success was highlighted win wins in the 2006 SK Telecom Open and 2014 Yeander Tournament Players Championship on the continental tour.
“There are a lot of slopes which makes it difficult to make some putts. I have to stick to my game plan by aiming for the right positions on the greens which are quite narrow. You have to hit to the right spots to make birdies,” said Prom whose last victory came in the Singha Pattaya Open last August.
Co-overnight leader Atthaya, the only female in the top five, fought back from a bogey on the 11th hole followed by a double bogey on the 13th hole to shoot a 68 to share the clubhouse lead.
“I’m not quite happy with my wedge and iron but luckily I still managed to shoot scores at the turn,” said Atthaya who attempts to become the second female winner in the mixed event after Arpichaya Yubol at the Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin two months ago.
“For the weekend rounds, I need to fix my wedge shots first thing first. If I hit my wedge more accurately, I should make a lot of birdies,” added the promising girl who won four out of her last six tournaments.
Chapchai, after swapping three birdies with three bogeys at the back nine where he started, produced four birdies to sign off with a 68 and co-led the leader’s board for the second day.
“I was hitting better than in the first round even though I’m still a bit unhappy with my iron,” said Chapchai who just opened a golf academy back home in Phitsanulok.
“But my putts really help me this week. The course is quite long which suits my style. I’m playing with a carefree mindset and I’m ready to move on after I make some mistakes,” added the 37-year-old who is seeking his first win since the 2016 Thongchai Jaidee Foundation in Hua Hin.
Two shots off the pace was Settee Prakongvech, who finished third in Thailand Mixed I, after he produced the round low of a 65 for a total 8 under-par-136. He was at joint fourth along with Nopparat Panichphol who hit a second 66.
However, tropical rain shower stopped play in the late afternoon, forcing several players to resume actions on Saturday’s morning.