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Thailand’s Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul leads at the halfway mark of Regional Qualifying

SINGAPORE, 30 January 2019 – 20-year-old Thai golfer Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul will go into the final round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship Regional Qualifying Tournament with a three-shot lead over previous winner, Amanda Tan of Singapore, after scoring a round of 69 on the par-72 New Tanjong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Despite starting with a bogey on the first hole, Muangkhumsakul composed herself before carding five birdies and a bogey on the final hole.

Speaking about her round, Muangkhumsakul remarked: “After the bogey on the first hole, I thought maybe I won’t play well today. But I just tried to par the next few holes. I thought it’s alright if I play +1 today, but it ended up being a good round for me in the end.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow, she added: “I’ll focus on my game tomorrow and it’s fine if I don’t win as I would have done my best. If I score under and don’t win, it’s fine with me.”

Local professional golfer Amanda Tan, who won the National Qualifying Tournament in 2015 and 2017, ended the first round with an even-par 72, putting up three birdies and three bogeys over the 18 holes.

The 19-year-old, who turned professional at the start of 2017, commented: “I think I played alright – hit the ball pretty well, just missed some putts and made some silly mistakes here and there. Overall, I thought I played ok and hopefully the same for tomorrow.”

Tan added: “Best if I can go under par tomorrow but I don’t think I will be doing anything different from today, except to eliminate the silly mistakes and hopefully make some putts tomorrow.”

All eyes had been on Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul who claimed a top-ten finish at last year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship on the back of securing her spot by winning the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship. The Thai struggled on course today, carding a three over-par 75, leaving herself much to do tomorrow if she is to repeat her heroics from last year.

The HSBC Women’s World Championship Regional Qualifying Tournament is being contested by 18 players from six countries over 36 holes of stroke play on the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. In recognition of the depth of emerging talent in the region, 2019 marks the first year the qualifying tournament has been open to players from throughout the region. The winner will receive an exemption to compete amongst an elite field, in what is often referred to as ‘Asia’s Major’.

The world’s top 20 players, led by world number one Ariya Jutanugarn, together with defending champion Michelle Wie, have all confirmed they will return to Singapore to compete in the Championship, happening from 28 February to 3 March 2019.

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