Thai golfer Ikeda leads with 1-2 spots at Philippine Ladies Masters


The much interesting bets in the $80,000 ICTSI Philippine Ladies Master found hard to fight in the demanding condition on Wednesday with an 18-year-old Kanphanitnan Muangkhumaskul from Thailand and local Darkhorse Chihiro Ikeda going 1-2 after the first 18 holes Alabang Golf Club in Muntinlupa.

Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul of Thailand fired an eagle-aided 69 to nab a one-shot lead over local ace Chihiro Ikeda and two others at the start of the rich ICTSI. Meanwhile, Ikeda a former decorated amateur with just one professional win to display looked steady with a perfect 70 as the well-developed layout’s greens bedevilled the talented ground.

Having an eagle and 7 birdies, Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul still could not put the field away after agreeing for a double bogey and 4 bogeys in an effort of 35-34.

It was a good effort for me today,” the Thai, who turned pro as a 15-year-old and has a top 10 finish in the Euro Tour this year, said. “You can’t be in the wrong side of the greens.”

Winner of two games, Lee Jeong Hwa co-approved by the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour and Taiwan LPGA, achieved 3-uner and 6 holes to play but scrabbled with two bogeys to complete in the joint fourth at 71.

Ikeda promised to perform better after struggling on the difficult to tackle greens.

Ikeda said –

“I just got lucky my long putts kept rolling in. I had a hard time reading the greens,” said Ikeda,

“I must play my best in the last two days. We’ll never know what will happen,” she added