Friday, October 14, 2011

Ilyassak Takes Halfway Lead

Palembang, Indonesia, October 14: Veteran Ilyassak loving the local layout but battling from an overdose of coffee moved into the lead in the US$75,000 Palembang Musi Championship today.

He shot a three-under-par 69 at Palembang Golf Club for a two round total of seven-under-par 137.

The 46 year old Indonesian leads by one stroke from compatriot Jamel Ondo.

Ondo shot a 66 in the fifth event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat and Tanutchan Puaktes are a stroke further behind after carding rounds of 68 and 71 respectively.

Ilyassak comes from Aceh where he says his local course is very similar to Palembang.

“The speed of the greens and the course conditions are just like Aceh. I am very comfortable playing here. I am a bit tired though as I have not slept well the past two nights. I have been drinking too much coffee. Last night was really bad as the waiter at the hotel mistakenly gave me an extra strong cup. I couldn’t sleep and felt hungry in the middle of the night,” said Ilyassak.

He has won five times on the local Indonesian circuit during a long career. A win this week would be his most significant so far and judging by the way he played today he has every chance.

The Indonesian fired an eagle, four birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to take command.

“The front nine was very good but I made some mistakes on the back nine. I teed up my ball too high on the par-three 11th and hit a bad tee shot into trouble. I took a double there,” added Ilyassak.

Ondo has been a professional for 10 years and is looking for his first victory.

He played like a winner on the outward half making birdies on one, three, four, seven, eight and nine. A level par back nine ensured he was very much in the hunt.

“My iron play was great and I hit it close on a lot of holes. All my birdie putts where short. I am a teaching professional at Royale Jakarta Golf Club so I love having the opportunity to play in tournaments on the ASEAN PGA Tour,” said Ondo.

Indonesia’s top golfer Rory Hie carded a 67 and is just three behind the leader along with first round leader Somsak Khaoprathum from Thailand who fired 74.

Malaysian Nicholas Fung is five back after coming in with a 73.

The halfway cut was made at six over par meaning that Singaporean amateur Choo Tze Huang surprisingly missed the cut.

Choo, the region’s top amateur having won the individual and team titles in last month’s Putra Cup, shot rounds of 72 and 79 to miss by one. A quadruple bogey eight on the 18th, which was his ninth hole of the day, did most of the damage.

Leading Second Round Scores:

(Par 72)

Indonesian unless stated

137 - Ilyassak 68 69
138 - Jamel Ondo 72 66
139 – Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 71 68, Tanutchan Puaktes (THA) 68 71
140 – Rory Hie 73 67, Somsak Khaoprathum (THA) 66 74, Wittawat Sae-Ung (THA) 73 67, Anthony Fernando (PHI) 69 71
141 - Abrahamsyah 70 71
142 - Ekalak Waisayakul (THA) 70 72, Nicholas Fung (MAS) 69 73
143 - Ade Sebul 72 71, Andik Mauluddin 72 71
144 - Tepphatud Sanawong (THA) 74 70, Supravee Phatam (THA) 72 72, Maman Suherman 72 72,
145 - Borworn Chaisri (THA) 73 72, Johannes Dermawan 72 73, I Irwansyah 74 71, Aminuddin Ali 72 73, Andi Yatmo 73 72, Marvin Dumandan (PHI) 72 73, Jay Bayron (PHI) 73 72

Selected scores:

146 - Gerald Rosales (PHI) 76 70, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) 72 74, Varut Chomchalum (THA) 73 73
148 – Jerome Ng (Sin) (a) 76 72
149 – Airil Rizman (MAS) 76 73
151 - Choo Tze Huang (SIN) (a) 72 79

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