Kemmer sets early pace at the Solaire Open

Thu 11 Apr 2013

Kemmer sets early pace at the Solaire Open

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Manila, April 11: Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate Dodge Kemmer of the United States kept his emotions in check when he grabbed the early first round lead with a six-under-par 66 at the Solaire Open on Thursday.
Kemmer returned with a clean scorecard highlighted by six birdies to hold a two-shot advantage over Thailand’s Pawin Ingkhapradit on a tough scoring day at the inaugural US$300,000 Asian Tour event where only seven players finished under-par in the morning session.
Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, a multiple Asian Tour winner and local hope Mars Pucay, who is searching for a first Asian Tour win, posted identical 69s at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea, who is currently ranked fifth on the Order of Merit, returned with a 70 to share fifth place with Australia’s Matt Jager while Korean veteran Mo Joong-kyung was a further shot back.
Kemmer, who regained his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School earlier this year after losing his playing rights last season, bounced back into form by reading golf and psychology books.
“I get down on myself pretty easily. I’m trying to stay more level emotionally and that’s easy to do when you are playing well. It will be interesting to see if I can handle my emotions when I hit some adversity this week,” said the 25-year-old.
Pawin Ingkhapradit of Thailand Pawin Ingkhapradit of Thailand
“I really like this course and I played here last year. I really like the course so it is always easier to go out and play a good round when you are happy and excited to play the course. I knew I had it in me and luckily it worked out for me,” smiled Kemmer.
The young American is playing in his second year on the Asian Tour and he hopes the familiarity of the golf courses will lead him to a first professional victory on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th milestone season.
“I’m loving the Asian Tour more than I did last year, which was already a lot! I’m happy to be playing here. In the first year, you get used to everything. It is totally different from anything in America which I’m used to but I feel a lot more comfortable out here now,” he added.
Pawin continued his solid form by taking advantage of his fondness for the greens which he likened to his home course at the Army Golf Club.
“I share the same home club as Thaworn (Wiratchant) and the greens are the same as Wack Wack,” he smiled. “All my birdie putts were from inside 10 feet. There was very little wind in the morning so that was good. I played here last year but I shot an 84 and 78 in the opening two rounds. Today I shot a 68 which shows how much I’ve improved as a golfer.”
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