Saturday October 13, 2012
Aretha shows way Amateur is Malaysia’s best performer on second day
SHE may be an amateur but Aretha Pan is still the best Malaysian finisher after posting another two-over 73 in the second round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Her two-day total of 146 puts her in 53rd place overall.
But the Sabah lass did not look too happy with her results.
“My game was okay and I was two-over yet again. I want to try and improve on my overall play and also get my putting right. So I will have to start playing a little more aggressively,” she said.
Aretha’s round yesterday comprised two birdies, at the second and seventh holes, a double bogey on the 14th and bogeys on the fourth and 22nd holes.
“Yes, I’m having trouble with the 14th hole as I drove the ball too much to the left and got into trouble. It was the same in the first round,” she said.
The other three Malaysians – professionals Jean Chua and Ainil Johani Abu Bakar and amateur Sarfina Vinotha – continued to falter.
Jean, who added a 73 to her 75 on the opening day, lost her calm after being ruled for a tap at the 12th hole. That, she said, affected her concentration and “it took me some time to get back into my stride”.
“I also had to rush my shots as it took about 10 minutes for the decision to be made. I just wasn’t able to play well after that. There was a lot more pressure on me today and that is not good when you need to keep your mistakes down,” said Jean, who is in 62nd place.
“I want to do better and I believe I can improve on the scores. The front nine (started at 10th hole) was really bad for me, with the double bogey and also bogeys on the 11th and 17th holes.
“I was more comfortable on the return journey but the only setback was the ninth where I bogeyed again like round one.”
Ainil, meanwhile, endured a woeful second round as she returned an 80 to go with her opening round of 73.
She had three double bogeys yesterday – at the second, 11th and 18th holes. She also bogeyed the seventh, ninth, 16th and 17th while her birdies came at the 13th and 15th.
Sarfina, 16, seemed to have let the occasion get to her as she added an 84 to her first-round score of 81 to be placed in 70th position after South Korea’s Pak Se-ri retired from the competition.
Having completed her first round with any double bogeys, Sarfina collected five yesterday – at the eighth, 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th holes. She also had bogeys on the second, 11th, 15th and 18th and birdies on the third, fourth and fifth holes.