Kuala Lumpur, May 8: Local talent Kenneth De Silva shot his career’s best score of nine-under-par 63 to share the halfway lead with compatriot Nicholas Fung, Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela and Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand at the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship on Thursday.
De Silva compile a two-day total of seven-under-par 137 to match with Fung, Sattaya and Murillo, who carded 68, 69 and 67 respectively at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Australian Darren Tan trailed the leading quadruplets by one in fifth place on 138 while another six players, including Malaysian duo Danny Chia and Arie Irawan, shared sixth place after the second round of the PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship, which is the fourth ADT event this season.
Play was halted at 2.33pm local time due to inclement weather on Thursday. A total of 71 players, including co-leaders Fung and Sattya, returned to the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Garden course, at 7.30am on Friday to complete their second rounds.
The 23-year-old De Silva, who claimed his maiden ADT win in Sarawak shortly after turning professional in 2012, was bursting with excitement after firing a flawless round highlighted by one eagle and seven birdies.
“This is the best score I have got in my entire professional career! I shot a 64 at a different course last week and I didn’t expect to break my record again this week. Everything went well for me today. I was feeling really good before my round,” said the young Malaysian.
“I am hitting the ball good. My current form is good too. I will try and stay focused and play well in the next two rounds,” added De Silva who is eyeing a second ADT title this week.
Starting the round four shots off the lead, Murillo charged into contention after mixing his card with one eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.
“I had a solid round today. I got off to a great start with an eagle on my second hole! The course is in great conditions and the greens are rolling nice. I’m pleased with how I played today,” said Murillo, the only Venezuelan who secured playing rights on the Asian Tour at the Qualifying School earlier this year.
Despite posting a 69 to match his opening round efforts, Tan played down on his expectations as he has yet to recover from a recent back injury.
“The week has been good so far. I haven’t had any expectations because I’m coming back from a recent back injury. Golf has been quite solid. Hopefully I can sink a few more putts in the next two rounds,” said the Australian.
The halfway cut was set at two-over-par with 51 players advancing into the final two rounds.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season.
The ADT, which was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011, 13 in 2012 and a record 16 in the 2013 season, has established itself as a gateway to the Asian Tour.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores
137 – Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 74-63, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 70-67, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 69-68, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 68-69
138 – Darren TAN (AUS) 69-69
139 – Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 69-70, Danny CHIA (MAS) 72-67, Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 68-71, Motonari NAKAGAWA (JPN) 73-66, Suppakorn UTHAIPAT (THA) 70-69, LIN Kuan-po (TPE) 70-69
140 – James BYRNE (SCO) 73-67, R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 70-70, S. Siva Chandhran (MAS) 69-71
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.