Golf: Team Singapore hold two-shot lead in hunt for Putra Cup after opening round

Singapore's Gregory Foo hitting a tee shot during the 56th Putra Cup at Tanah Merah Country Club on Sept 6, 2016.
Singapore's Gregory Foo hitting a tee shot during the 56th Putra Cup at Tanah Merah Country Club on Sept 6, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Led by Singapore's top amateur Gregory Foo, Singapore's men are in the lead after the opening round of the Putra Cup on Tuesday (Sept 6).

The team of four - Foo, Joshua Shou, Marc Ong and Joshua Ho - hold a two-shot lead over favourites Thailand with a combined score of 203 (best three of four) at the Tanah Merah Country Club's Garden Course.

Foo, the defending individual champion, signed for a three-under 67 while Joshua Shou and Marc Ong both also broke par, carding a 68. Ho finished with an even-par 70.

The Thais' charge were led by Kammalas Namuangruk, who holds the lead with a five-under 65. He made seven birdies but also two bogeys.

Sadom Kaewkanjana and Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng both finished with 70 to give the Thai team an overall score of 205.

The Malaysians are in third place with 213.

Said Kammalas, who just two months ago had found success in Singapore by winning the Singapore Open Amateur Championship: "I was quite confident today. The conditions were quite windy but I just went with my instincts."

Kammalas, Witchayanon and Sadom were part of the Cup-winning squad at last year's edition.

Said Foo: "We can't worry too much about what the Thais are doing. We'll just focus on our team, and try to extend the lead every day, one day at a time."