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Thai bets to show wares at Malarayat

Three Thailand shotmakers joined the hunt on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, boosting the compact field clashing for the top P150,000 purse in the ICTSI Malarayat Ladies Classic which begins today at the Mt. Malarayat composite courses in Lipa, Batangas.

Saraporn Chamchoi had a couple of near misses last year although a number of her compatriots have already won in the country’s premier ladies golf circuit, including Amolkan Phalajivin in 2014 and Wichanee Meechai and Wannasiri Sirisampant last year.

But Chamcoi, who missed joining the playoff at Wack Wack and tied for third again at Luisita, is all geared up for a crack at the crown this week along with Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang and Chatprapa Siriprakob, guaranteeing a fierce battle for top honors in the 54-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI.

Chamchoi drew Lucy Landicho and amateur Daniella Uy in the 8 a.m. flight, Pattaranakrueang will play alongside Lina de Guzman and amateur Chanelle Avaricio at 7:50 a.m. while Siriprakob will start earlier at 7:30 a.m. in the company of Eva Miñoza and amateur Marvi Monsalve.

Still, focus will be on the local aces, headed by Chihiro Ikeda who tees off at 7:20 a.m. with Sarah Henderson of England and amateur Sophia Blanco.