Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Indonesia In The Lead On First Day Of SEA Games

Jakarta, Indonesia - In the first round of men’s competition, Indonesia displayed extensive course knowledge as it assembled a 214 to grab an early four-shot lead against Thailand while the Philippines pooled in a 223 for fourth place, one behind Malaysia.

Indonesian George G. provided the spark as he scored on a two-under-par 70. After limping a bit with a 37 at the back side where he started, he dropped in three birdies on holes 1, 2 and 9 at the front nine to wound up with a 33 for that 70.

Also buoyed up with the cheers of the handful of local fans that showed up at Jagorawi, Ian Andrew and Rinaldi Adiyandono each supported George G. with a 72 for Indonesia’s tournament-leading 214.

Filipino pint-sized golfer Rupert Zaragosa played steadily with an even 72 despite the New Course’s narrow fairways, fast greens and tall roughs for the Philippines, which finished third in the 2009 Laos SEA Games in Vientiane.

Jobim Carlos, who was expected to score heavily, struggled in the early holes, making a double bogey on the 13th and bogeys on 14th and 16th. He birdied the 17th then added three more on three of five holes at the turn that gave him a 74.

Art Arbole was actually on his way to a good round until he got busted with a horrible 9 on the par-5 eighth hole. His drive sliced to the right and went out-of-bounds then on his third shot, he missed on the ball completely on his chip but was still assessed as a stroke that added to his woes.

Still Arbole made it to the scoring column format (four-to-play, three-to-count) with a 77.

Thailand had a 218 on the 70 of Natipong Srithong, 73 of Poom Saksansin and 75 of Chanachock D. Malaysia was led by Low Khai Jei’s 70 followed by Kenneth de Silva’s 73 and Muhammad Arie’s 79.

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