Natipong takes first round honours in Singha Pattaya Open

Pattaya, July 14: Thailand’s Natipong Srithong stole the show on the opening day of the Singha Pattaya Open today after shooting a seven-under-par 63.
He cruised around the Burapha Golf Club layout nailing eight birdies and dropping just one shot, in the third event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
He leads by a stroke from compatriots Jazz Janewattananond, Udorn Duangdecha, the winner here in 2010, and Nattawat Suvajanak.
Thais Chawalit Plaphol and Thitiphun Chuayprakong are tied for fifth are carding 65s.
Natipong, aged 22, is another emerging young golfer from The Kingdom.
In 2015 he turned professional and won his first Asian Tour title at the Resorts World Manila Masters, playing on a sponsor’s invitation.
He had enjoyed a stellar amateur career winning gold medals in the team and individual events at the 2015 Southeast Asia Games in Singapore.
The young gun recorded four birdies on each half with his sole blemish being at bogey on 10.
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, winner of this event in 2011 and 2012, came in with a 66.
His countryman Prayad Marksaeng, bidding to win the Singha Pattaya Open for the third successive season, started poorly with a 74.
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