Golf: S'pore's Marc Ong second and three shots off Putra Cup lead, eyes revenge for SEA Games heartbreak

Singapore's Marc Ong hitting a tee shot on the 10th hole during the 56th Putra Cup of the 2016 SEA Amateur Golf Team Championship at Tanah Merah Country Club Garden Course on Sep 6, 2016.
Singapore's Marc Ong hitting a tee shot on the 10th hole during the 56th Putra Cup of the 2016 SEA Amateur Golf Team Championship at Tanah Merah Country Club Garden Course on Sep 6, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - National golfer Marc Ong will have revenge on his mind after he fired a seven-under 65 and climbed to second at the half-way stage of the Putra Cup individual competition on Wednesday (Sept 6).

The 21-year-old birdied the second, fourth, 10th, 11th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes at the Gading Raya Padang Golf and Club in Jakarta and is on 132. He is three strokes behind Thailand's Kosuke Hamamoto, who shot an eight-under 64 and leads with 129.

Last month at the SEA Games, Ong had lost the individual gold medal to Thai-Japanese Hamamoto by one stroke at the The Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Ong would redeem himself by leading Singapore to victory in the team event after he beat Thai Kammalas Namuangruk in a play-off in Malaysia.

Kammalas is the defending Putra Cup individual champion while Thailand won last year's team category of the annual South East Asia Amateur Golf Team Championship. The Republic's men's team, who hosted last year's tournament at the Tanah Merah Country Club, finished second.

At this week's edition in Indonesia, which features a 28-competitor field, overnight leader Joshua Ho (133) is joint-fourth alongside team-mate Gregory Foo while fellow Singaporean Joshua Shou (141) is 13th.

In the team event, Singapore are joint-first with a score of 398 alongside Thailand, while Indonesia are third on 418 in the seven-team competition, which combines the scores of the nation's top three players.