• Chanokmanee Shines in Strong Winds to Take Lead in Thai LPGA Classic

Chanokmanee Shines in Strong Winds to Take Lead in Thai LPGA Classic

Talented teenager Chanokmanee Charoenpattanasatit defied the strong winds to dominate round two of the Bt1.2 million Thai LPGA Classic, securing a stroke lead at The Vintage Club in Samut Prakarn on Thursday.
Jun 8, 2023

At just 19 years old, Chanokmanee delivered an early eagle on the fourth hole, followed by a combination of two birdies and two bogeys, concluding her day with a score of 70 and a remarkable mid-way total of 8 under-par-136

"It was a very windy day. Although I didn't hit the irons well, my putts really helped me out there," said the Si Sa Ket-based player, who will be vying for her maiden professional title tomorrow.

"I'm quite excited because I've never been in this situation before. I'll focus on taking it shot by shot and avoid thinking too far ahead. My goal is to produce as many of my best shots as possible," she added.

Another promising young player, Cholcheva Wongras, along with former LPGA Tour player Budsabakorn Sukapan, trailed closely behind, just two shots off the lead. Cholcheva, a 16-year-old prodigy, recorded a remarkable low round of 65, concluding her 36-hole mission at an impressive 7 under-par-137, despite a bogey on the final hole.

Reflecting on her performance, Cholcheva stated, "I managed my game quite effectively, considering the challenging winds and the speed of the greens. These factors contributed to my excellent score,” said the girl from Chiang Mai.

“I really have to give credits to Pro Chao who is carrying the bag for me this week. His guidance in shot selection and strategic calculations has been invaluable. Additionally, the flawless condition of the grass has been favorable to me,” she added.

Approaching the final round, Cholcheva expressed her intention to maintain the same focused mindset, as the conditions are expected to remain unchanged. She emphasized the need for unwavering concentration to have a chance at victory.

Budsabakorn, a two-time winner on the Thai LPGA Tour, displayed her skills by carding six birdies alongside three bogeys in the second round, resulting in a commendable score of 69 and a total of 137.

Speaking about the challenging conditions, Budsabakorn acknowledged the strong winds that made the second round even more demanding than the first. She emphasized the importance of meticulous shot control and unwavering focus. Recognizing the difficulty of the conditions, Budsabakorn and her caddie had discussions, agreeing that staying present and focusing on playing one shot at a time was the optimal strategy.

"The wind was exceptionally strong today, creating an additional level of challenge for all players in the tournament," Budsabakorn remarked. "It was so gusty that even my cap flew off. The conditions tested not only me but everyone participating."

Looking ahead to the final round, Budsabakorn highlighted the need for accurate assessment of wind direction and maintaining concentration throughout the round. She also expressed the importance of being cautious when reading the lies on the course, implying the significance of accurately evaluating the ground conditions for successful shots.

Overnight leader Pakin Kawinpakorn failed to maintain the brilliant form in the previous round, slumping to a 76 for a total 3 under-par-141.

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.