Hong Kong the clubhouse leader, Filipinas off to slow start as rain halts play in Queen Sirikit Cup
Pauline del Rosario and the Philippine team struggle in tough conditions at Hong Kong Golf Club’s New Course.

ISABELLA Leung fired a 69 and Tiffany Chan’s 70 as home team Hong Kong took the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Queen Sirikit Cup on Wednesday at Hong Kong Golf Club’s New Course.

The Philippines had several holes left to play when play was halted due to heavy rain, with Pauline del Rosario at two-over through 17 holes, Princess Superal one-over with three holes to play and Yuka Saso six-over after No. 14.

The 139 total put Hong Kong on top as Thailand submitted a 144, Indonesia had a 146 and scoring 147s were India and Australia. China scored 148 and Chinese Taipei had a 142.

Del Rosario nearly made an albatross on the par-5 No. 14 off a solid second shot for a tap-in eagle, birdied the par-4 16th from six feet, and came through with an exceptional blast and a gutsy putt for par on No. 17.

Superal made gutsy pars at the backnine then birdied No. 14 and parred the next.

Defending champion Korea, winner of seven of the last eight editions of the event, actually holds a 140 score with top player Jang Eun Soo still to complete play.

Japan had a 149 with No. 1 Minami Hiruta still has three holes left to play.

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