India’s Lahiri tied 16th in Bangkok golf

June 5th, 2008 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Koh Samui (Thailand), June 5 (IANS) India’s Anirban Lahiri brought in the best card of two-under 69 and was tied 16th, the best among the eight Indians, in the opening round of the Bangkok Airways Open here Thursday. Lahiri was three shots behind the leader Antonio Lascuna, who grabbed a share of the clubhouse lead with Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand and Japan’s Yoshinobu Tsukada in the opening round.

The leading trio posted matching five-under-par 66s in the weather-disrupted tournament for a one stroke lead over Chinese Taipei brothers Lin Wen-tang and Lin Wen-hong, Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat, Wisut Artjanawat, Udorn Duangdecha alongside Mitchell Brown of Australia who were all in a tie for fourth place.

Among other Indians, Arjun Singh and Rahil Gangjee shot one-under 70 each in 29th place, while Amandeep Johl (71) was tied 42nd.

The remaining four Indians were way behind and will need good second round scores to make the cut. Gaurav Ghei (75) was tied 78th, while Gaganjeet Bhullar (77) was tied 91st and Digvijay Singh (78) was 99th and Firoz Ali (80) was 107th.

Defending champion Lee Sung shot a 76 in joint 87th spot while top Asian female golfer Pornanong Phatlum endured a slow start with an 84 to lie in 112th place.

Filipino young gun Juvic Pagunsan, the 2006 Asian Tour’s Rookie of the Year, was two strokes off the pace after a 68 to lie in joint 10th place together with Varut Chomchalam of Thailand, former winner Chawalit Plaphol and Englishman Chris Rodgers in the $300,000 Asian Tour event.

Chinese Taipei veteran Chang Tse-peng was six under through 15 holes before play was suspended at 6:40pm due to darkness at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.

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