Nguyen Phuong Toan left a mark in Vietnamese golf history at SEA Games 29
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With 68 shots in total (-3), Nguyen Phuong Toan was the first golfer in Vietnam to receive the highest score in SEA Games and other domestic tournaments.
On August 23, Vietnam Golf Team entered the second day of SEA Games 29. While Truong Tri Quan and Do Le Gia Dat took the first match of men category, Hanako Kawasaki took the first match of women category.
At the end of second round, Nguyen Phuong Toan was the best golfer of Vietnam Nation Team with -3 shot, which set a new record of Vietnam in an international tournament.
Phuong Toan had an excellent performance with 3 birdies and 1 eagle shot at hole 12, finishing the round with 68 shots (-3). In term of second round, Phuong Toan ranked 2nd among golfers from 9 countries participating in SEA Games 29 (-4).
Nguyen Phuong Toan performed the Eagle shot at SEA Games 29, August 23, 2017
With this score, Nguyen Phuong Toan set a new record of Vietnam. He was the youngest golfer receiving the best score in SEA Games. “Today I have better performance because I feel stronger. Before SEA Games, I had suffered from stomachache and I had to go to emergency room. It had an effect on my performance yesterday”, Phuong Toan said.
Do Le Gia Dat who was the best player of Vietnam National Golf Team yesterday could not maintain his performance today.
At the end of second round, Gia Dat had 77 shots (+6). Therefore, the golfer born in 1994 scored +6 after two rounds (71-77).
Truong Chi Quan had the better performance at the second round with 74 shots (+3) and overall scored +10 (78-74) after two rounds. Besides, Hung Dung scored +23 (83-85).
Meanwhile, in women category, Nguyen Thao My had a better show than yesterday. After the second round, the female golfer born in 1998 had 74 shots (+3).
After two rounds, Thao My still did a good job as a leader of Vietnam National Golf Team with the score of +10, which was the same as the score of Chi Quan in men category. Hanako Kawasaki also performed better with 79 shots in this round.
In total, the Japanese-Vietnamese golfer scored +18 (81-79) and the 14-year-old golfer Doan Xuan Khue Minh scored +29 (86-85).
Now, 3 golfers including Gregory Foo (Singapore), Marc Ong (Singapore) and Kosuke Hanamoto (Thailand) shared the first place in men category with 135 shots (-7) after two rounds. Kammalas namuangruk from Thailand who ranked 1st yesterday could not maintain his excellent performance and finished the second round with the score of -5 (63-76).
In the women category, Atthaya Thitikul (Thailand) ranked 1st with 136 shots (-6). Thitapa Pakdeesetiakul, a team mate of Atthaya, shared the first place with her.
The young golfers will enter the last round of single matches tomorrow (August 24). Then, 8 male teams and 6 female teams will be selected to participate in male and female team matches on August 25 and 26.
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