• Pakin Makes Statement with Bogey-Free 65 to Take Lead at Thai LPGA Classic

Pakin Makes Statement with Bogey-Free 65 to Take Lead at Thai LPGA Classic

Hometown girl Pakin Kawinpakorn carded a bogey-free 65 to secure the early lead after the opening round of the Bt1.2 million Thai LPGA Classic at The Vintage Club in Samut Prakarn on Wednesday.
Jun 7, 2023

Formerly known as "Yupaporn," Pakin Kawinpakorn showcased a stellar start to her round, firing three consecutive birdies from hole No. 10. She continued her impressive performance by adding another birdie on No. 14 and then carded three more birdies after the turn at the par 72 6,312-yard landscape.

"I played unbelievably well today without a single bogey," exclaimed the 32-year-old player, who had not had the opportunity to practice on the course prior to the tournament. She had recently returned from China just two days ago and admitted to feeling fatigued from playing in consecutive weeks. Despite this, she approached the round without any expectations and simply aimed to enjoy herself, which she successfully achieved.

"The reason I was able to achieve low scores is because of my precise chipping, consistently placing the ball within a tight range of 3-4 feet from the pins. Even when I missed the fairway or found myself in a bunker, I managed to recover and save pars. It's been a long time since I played this well," explained Pakin, who finished 16th in a recent China LPGA event.

"I've been performing consistently throughout the year. Even on my off days, I still managed to shoot even par or under par. As for my game plan in the second round, I'll maintain the same approach of not expecting anything specific and enjoying myself regardless of the outcome," Pakin added confidently.

In an impressive display just one shot behind Pakin, teenage Chanokmanee Charoenpattanasatit demonstrated her skills by scoring seven birdies, with only a single bogey on the 15th hole.

"My driver and iron shots were on point today. I managed to secure seven birdies during the round. The highlight of my day was on the 17th hole, where I chipped in for a birdie from the fringe of the green," shared the talented 19-year-old.

Looking ahead to the next round, Chanokmanee outlined her game plan, stating, "Tomorrow, my focus will be on hitting the fairways and aiming for a high percentage of greens in regulation. I'm excited to see how it all unfolds."

Punsanisa Ekkantrong, an amateur, and Budsabakorn Sukapan, a two-time Thai LPGA Tour winner, both carded impressive rounds of 68, placing them three shots behind the leader.

Fans can follow live scores at www.thailpga.com while live streaming of the final competition can be viewed on AIS Play, Facebook: Thai LPGA Tour, Youtube: Thai LPGA Tour and BG Channel.

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, AIS PLAY, Nestle (Thai) and The Vintage 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.