After a second successive four-under-par 68 Kemarol Baharin moved into a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s UMW Templer Park Championship today.
The 30-year-old Malaysian, who has three PGM Tour titles to his credit, finished the second round at Templer Park Country Club in Rawang this afternoon with an eight-under 136 total. That left him in a tie at the top of the leaderboard alongside Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul, who shot a second day 66.
The leaders held a narrow one-stroke cushion over Sweden’s Oskar Arvidsson (67), Paul Harris (66) of the United States, Guatemalan Jose Rolz (68) and Japan’s Shunya Takeyasu (65).
Panuwat Muenlek (70) of Thailand and Americans Baxter Reeves (70) and Samuel Chien (69) were joint seventh, another stroke back on six-under 138.
The United States presence in the top-10 was consolidated with Nicolas Paez (70) sharing 10th place with Korean Doohwan Bang (72).
Despite putting himself in a healthy position to contend on the last of the event co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and one that carries world ranking points, Kemarol said he might done even better, were it not for a few missed putts.
“I hit 15 fairways today and hit 16 yesterday,” added the Kuala Lumpur player. “But I missed a couple of makeable putts that would have it even better.
“But I am still happy with where I am in the tournament and with my game. I’ve been hitting the ball well and putting well too, although not all the shots are perfect as we all know in this game.”
Kemarol added that he wouldn’t change anything over the next two days as to how he approaches his round.
“I’ll be trying to do the same again tomorrow and on Saturday, but I will also be aiming to concentrate a lot more,”
Veteran R. Nachimuthu was the next best-placed Malaysian – in a tie for 22nd spot on two-under 142.
Young amateur Ervin Chang also made the cut. After his heroics of an opening 69, the seventeen year-old stumbled to a three-over 75 and lamented what he called “mistakes”.
With a card that a triple-bogey, four bogeys and four birdies, Ervin said: “But I learned something from those mistakes and I hope to use that experience to my benefit tomorrow and in the future.”
Already with an eighth-place finish on the PGM Tour, achieved at the CCM Rahman Putra Championship last year, Ervin said an improvement on that performance was what he was chasing.
Leading Second Round Scores
136 Namchok Tantipokhakul (Tha) 70-66, Kemarol Baharin (Mas) 68-68
137 Oskar Arvidsson (Swe) 70-67, Paul Harris (US) 71-66, Jose Rolz (Gtm) 69-68, Shunya Takeyasu (Jpn) 72-65
138 Panuwat Muenlek (Tha) 68-70, Baxter Reeves (US) 68-70, Samuel Chien (US) 69-69
139 Nicolas Paez (US) 69-70, Doohwan Bang (Kor) 67-72
140 John Catlin (US) 70-70, Nick Sherwood (US) 72-68, Simon Griffiths (Eng) 68-72, Pannakorn Uthaipas (Tha) 71-69