Thailand’s Onkanok Soisuwan carries six-stroke lead into final round of Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic
Onkanok Soisuwan hits five birdies at Mt. Malipunyo but closes out with a double-bogey.

ONKANOK Soisuwan of Thailand fired a three-under 69 for a six-stroke lead in the second round of the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Ladies Classic at Mt. Malarayat composite course on Wednesday in Lipa City, Batangas.

Soisuwan actually stepped on the 18th mound with a whopping eight-stroke lead after a five-birdie string at Mt. Malipunyo but holed out with a double-bogey for a five-under 139 aggregate in the P1.25 million tournament.

Cyna Rodriguez, Polnamin Pannapa and Yoopan Tiranan were at 145, while erstwhile co-leader Sofia Chabon failed to sustain her opening 70 with an error-filled 76 that dropped her to joint fifth at 146 with Thai Ponthanark Chommapat and amateurs Mikha Fortuna and Sam Bruce.

Chabon bounced back from four bogeys with an eagle-birdie feat linking both nines but stumbled with another bogey on No. 15 and dropped two strokes on the 18th.

Chommapat, who also shot a 70 in the opening round of the 54-hole championship sponsored by ICTSI, also groped for form in another scorching day, carding a 76 marred by six bogeys.

Fortuna, meanwhile, fought back from a disastrous 77 start with a 69 spiked by four birdies at Malipunyo, while Bruce birdied two of the last seven holes to save a second 73 in the event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Rodriguez shot two birdies but made four bogeys for a 74.

Polnamin birdied the first two holes and gunned down four more against three bogeys, carding a 69.

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