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Thais seek to dominate at Summit


Yupaporn Kawinpakorn

Yupaporn Kawinpakorn

A 21-player strong Thai contingent, led by leg winners Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Supakchaya Pattaranakrueang and Onkanok Soisuwan, sets out for another crack at the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour crown when The Women’s Championship is fired off beginning Wednesday at the Summit Point Golf Club in Lipa City, Batangas.

Kawinpakorn beat Chihiro Ikeda by three at Beverly Place in Pampanga last January; Pattaranakrueang edged Cyna Rodriguez in sudden death at Luisita last April; and Soisuwan romped off with a seven-stroke victory over amateur Mikha Fortuna and fellow Thai Tiranan Yoopan last month.

Pavarisa Yoktuan, who is not in the field, won at Splendido last February as the Thais took four of the first eight legs of this year’s circuit sponsored by ICTSI.

Unless the locals and the rest of the compact field step up in the upcoming 54-hole championship, a fifth title looms for the country’s perennial regional rivals in the P1.5-million championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

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