• Focused Patcharajutar Takes Early Lead at Panorama

Focused Patcharajutar Takes Early Lead at Panorama

2022 Thai LPGA Tour No. 1 Patcharajutar Kongkraphan enjoyed a flying start on Wednesday, shooting a 66 to grab a one-stroke lead over three players at the Bt1.56 million Singha-BGC Classic which got underway at Panorama Golf and Country Club in Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday.
May 4, 2023

The ex-LPGA player opened her campaign in style, notching five birdies at the back nine where she started before collecting two more at the front against a lone bogey on the sixth hole at the par-72 6,180-yard course.

“The fairways are pretty narrow, so you can't use the driver all the time. But I like to play aggressively, and my wedge really helps me out there. I had a good round and managed to get seven birdies,” said the 31-year-old player who collected three Thai LPGA titles last season.

“The course sets up in great condition this week, which really helped my game. I did make one mistake when I hit the ball into a tree and ended up in a bunker. But that's just how golf goes - you can make birdies, but you can also make bogeys,” she added.

Since winning the last three Thai LPGA events in 2022, Patcharajutar has yet to hoist a trophy. She, however, posed three top three finishes in the first three starts this year.

“In my last few events, I wasn't really focused on my game. I was too aggressive and ended up losing my concentration. But today, I'm more focused and I hope to keep that up for the next few days, especially on the greens where you have to be careful,” the 2022 Thai LPGA Tour Order of Merit winner said.

The trio of Chayanit Wangmahaporn, and two former Thai LPGA winners Supamas Sangchan and Wannasiri Sirisampant sat a stroke back after their 67s.

The 26-year-old Chayanit carded a hat-trick of birdies twice between No 4-6 and 8-10 with just a bogey in between on the 7th hole.

“I hit the iron shots well to give myself birdie opportunities. My putting game was also good. I had a great momentum out there but there was a rain interruption on the final hole.

The green condition makes the ball spin more this week as normally it is quite stiff. About my game plan for Thursday, I will stick to the same routine and see what I can do,” said Chayanit from Rayong.

2015 Thai LPGA No 1 Supamas fired eight birdies but committed three bogeys to trail the leader by one stroke.

“I putted well today. No matter what I did out there, they were always right. The green condition is quite tricky. You have to be a bit careful. But I have played here before, so I know what I have to do. The fairways are quite narrow, so you have to find them and try not to hit more than two putts afterwards,” said the two-time tour winner.

The Thailand Ladies Professional Golf Association provides an opportunity for both professional and amateur golfers not only to hone their talents, but also to accumulate points for the Thai LPGA rankings and Order pf Merits, and for the Rolex World Ranking points, which can open doors for their professional pursuit on a worldwide scale. The Thai LPGA Tour is supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, National Sports Development Funds, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), BG Container Glass, Pathumthani Glass Industry, Boon Rawd Trading, Central Group, Leonian (Thailand), Muang Thai Life Assurance, Nikon Sales Thailand, Asset Wise, AIS PLAY, Nestle (Thai) and Panorama Golf and Country Club.

Each Thai LPGA tournament is competed in a three-day stroke play format for a total of 54 holes. The tour features ranking points for the 2023 Thai LPGA Tour Order of Merits, 2023 Thai LPGA Tour points and the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking points.