Magelang, November 18 - Thailand’s Supravee Phatam produced inspirational golf in harmony with his surrounds after firing a seven-under-par 65 on the opening day of the US$60,000 Borobudur Classic.
His performance broke the course record at Borobudur International Golf & Country Club, which is a short 20-minute drive from the world’s largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur.
Supravee finished the day with a healthy three-stroke lead over compatriot Pasamet Pogamnerd, in the penultimate event of the 2014/2015 season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
Thailand’s Pasavee Lertvilai, Indonesia’s Andik Mauluddin and amateur Jo Seik , Goh Kun Yang from Singapore ended the day tied for third after returning 71s.
In stark contrast to the rest of the field Supravee did not drop any shots. He went out in three under with birdies on the first, third and ninth. Another birdie on the 10th put him in a strong position before he saved the best for last with birdies on the last three holes.
“It is a short course but narrow so you can get into trouble very easily with a big score on one hole,” said Supravee.
“I managed to stay out of trouble with a bit of luck. It will be hard to stay out of trouble all week but I will stick to the same game plan and try and repeat today’s round.”
Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat, the winner of a record five titles on the ASEAN PGA Tour, was in the hunt for much of the day but made back-to-back double bogey sixes on 13 and 14 to slip to a 74.
This year marks the first Borobudur Classic and the tournament has been set up to assist the local golf tourism industry.
Borobudur temple, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, plays a major role in tourism and is Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction.
Leading first round scores (Par-72):
(Indonesian unless stated)
65 - Supravee Phatam (THA)
68 - Pasamet Pogamnerd (THA)
71 -Pasavee Lertvilai (THA), Andik Mauluddin, Goh Kun Yang (SIN), Jo Seik
72 - Fajar Win Nuryanto, Annop Tangkamolprasert (THA), Rinaldi Adiandono, Junaidi Ibrahim, Jordan Irawan, Tanatchan Puaktes (THA), Ade Sebul
74 - Wisut Artjanawat (THA), Andi Soeyatmo, Pijit Petchkasem (THA), Fahmi Rezai, Ak Wira (BRU), Tony Blacker (AUS)
75 - Asnan, Indra Hermawan, Jamel Ondo, Kurnia Herishandy, Sumarno
76 - Sarmilih, S. Mahfudin
77 - Rudi Hartono, Ilyassak, Iwan Suwantono, Alwis Ramadhan, Tjia Eddy Susanto
78 - Asep Saefulloh, Sim Min Sub, Haryono Min, Supriyatna, Rachmadi Hamzah
79 - Zulharmen Tabusalla, Joko Setiabudi
80 - Adi Bramntio, Rudianto, Yonathan Christyawan
81 - Ismail Hamzah, Agus Sumartono, Sujai
82 - K. Soewarno, Sendy Susanto, Benny
85 - Warsito, Mahmud Dana
86 - Sujarwo, Johanes Rudianto
87 - Diyono DarmanDARMAN, Pudyo
88 - Zulkarnaen Tanjung
90 - Warno, Wahyudi Sucahyo
96 - Hendra Atmaja