Thai golfer leads Panasonic Open
BY Bruce Young | Asian Tour | 2013 Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open | Round Two | 27 Sep 2013
Thai golfer Pariya Junhasavasdikul, playing in just his third event on the Japan Golf Tour, has the lead at the halfway mark of the co-sanctioned Asia Pacific Panasonic Open near Osaka.
The 29 year old, who won the Asian Tour’s Selangor Masters earlier this year, began his second round two shots behind Japanese star Shingo Katayama but added a second round of 70 to lead by one over Katayama with 2011 champion Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Masahiro Kawamura one shot further back.
Queensland’s Brad Kennedy leads the Australasians in a share of 5th position and four shots from the lead.
Kennedy, who is having another good season in Japan having won a month ago at the Kansai Open, is currently in 13th position on the Japan Tour money list.
South Australian Wade Ormsby is one shot further back while New Zealand amateur Peter Lee is taking advantage of his invitation to this event by comfortably making the cut.
Scott Barr was the only other Australasian to make the weekend. Kieran Pratt, Steve Conran and Cameron Smith missing by just one shot and one player with exactly 60 players making the cut.
Smith, the current Australian Amateur Champion although now a professional, started the event slowly yesterday but with conditions for scoring improved on day two he started well this morning to work his way well inside the cutline before a late double bogey cost him the chance of making the cut.