"Sattaya, Noh Remain on Top at Asian Tour International"

Sat 22 Mar 2008

"Sattaya, Noh Remain on Top at Asian Tour International"

Chonburi, Thailand, March 22: Thai youngster Sattaya Supupramai and Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul completed their second rounds with matching five-under-par 67s to remain at the top of the pack at the inaugural Asian Tour International early on Saturday.
After a suspension of play due to darkness on Friday, Sattaya returned on course and parred the remaining five holes with an equal performance by the 16-year-old Noh in the US$300,000 tournament.

Scotland?s Ross Bain birdied four of the last five holes on his return today and completed his round with a course record 62 in lone third place a stroke off the pace. Chinese Taipei?s Lin Wen-tang, who was the clubhouse leader on Friday, was in fourth spot after a 68. Australia?s Jason King closed in with a 64 at the Pattana Golf and Sports Resort today alongside England?s Simon Griffiths who shot a 69 to join Singapore?s Mardan Mamat, Filipino Juvic Pagunsan and Yasin Ali of England to lie in a tie for fifth place.

Sattaya, who started on the back nine on Friday, cruised to a comfortable 67 as he hopes to stay ahead over the weekend.

?I know that if I remain calm, I can remain on top. I don?t care who closes in on me because I want to focus on my game. My mental game is strong thanks to my coach Nathawat who told me to not be distracted as it?s a game between the golfer and the course so I stuck to that and it?s working well,? said Sattaya, who is known as ?Jet? by his peers.

?My mother was pregnant less than a month after marriage so that?s why I?m known as ?Jet? by the locals. It?s something that has stuck to me. I?m really pleased to have the support of the fans here and I?m eager to head out into the third round,? added Sattaya.

Noh, who finished runner-up at the Sail Open last month, retuned on the 13th tee and parred the remaining six holes as he continued to impress on his maiden appearance on the Asian Tour.

?My putting has been the key and it feels good to stay as the leader. I don?t feel tired at all and I?m ready to go,? said Noh.

Scotland?s Bain rose to contention after a fine finish with four birdies today on the way to recording the lowest round in his professional career.

?I had five holes to play and I birdied the par five fifth hole, my 14th hole of the round. It?s been good fun as I played well and made the birdies on my last three holes too,? said the Dubai-based Bain.

A total of 70 players made the cut with the third round to tee off at 9:50am.

Leading second round scores

131 - Sattaya Supupramai (THA) 64-67, Noh Seung-yul (KOR) 64-67

132 - Ross Bain (SCO) 70-62

133 - Lin Wen-Tang (TPE) 65-68

134 - Yasin Ali (ENG) 67-67, Mardan Mamat (SIN) 67-67, Juvic Pagunsan (PHI) 68-66, Simon Griffiths (ENG) 65-69, Jason King (AUS) 70-64

135 - Piya Swangarunporn (THA) 70-65, Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 67-68, Mars Pucay (PHI) 68-67

136 - Marcus Both (AUS) 70-66, Will Yanagisawa (USA) 68-68, Chawalit Plaphol (THA) 70-66, Gavin Flint (AUS) 68-68, Han Lee (USA) 67-69

137 - Scott Hend (AUS) 69-68, Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 71-66, Mitsuhiro Tateyama (JPN) 66-71, David Bransdon (AUS) 68-69, Adam Blyth (AUS) 71-66, Chinnarat Phadungsil (THA) 70-67, Yeh Chang-ting (TPE) 68-69, Kim Young-Jin (KOR) 67-70, Choengchai Panpumpo (THA) 68-69