The opening days of the Centara World Masters was played in mild, overcast conditions at Black Mountain, Banyan and Imperial Lake View golf clubs in the Hua Hin area of Thailand.
The field of more than 450 players started the tournament enthusiastically and played some excellent golf in conditions that many participants may not have previously experienced.
Several excellent scores were recorded, with winners in ladies divisions from Singapore, the Philippines and Australia.
Men’s division winners came from South Africa, Ireland, Australia, India and Vietnam.
The amateur tournament, the largest of its kind ever held in Asia, has attracted more than 450 participants from 23 countries.
Rounds played at Imperial Lake View, Majestic Creek, Banyan and Black Mountain golf clubs have produced tightly bunched leader boards in men’s and ladies divisions at the half-way stage of the tournament.
South Africa’s Desiree Geldenhuys is the ladies 35-55 gross leader with 156 followed by Singapore’s Mee Nah Fong and Denise Seow, who is the stableford leader. In B grade, Philippines player Anli Wu is the leader.
South Africa’s Henk Guldenhuys is the men’s 35-55 gross leader on 148, eight shots clear of Bangladesh player, Arshi Haider, Theo Wessels (South Africa) and Buddy Bagi (Australia). The stableford leader is another South African, Craig Shillaw.
Singaporean Johnny Ang leads B grade and Ireland’s Gerry Raftery is the C grade leader.
The men’s 56-65 division is led by Australia’s Bill Maystorovich, with fellow Aussies Richard Heaney abd Peter McCowan the B and C grade leaders.
Peter Cherry of ustralia is the men’s 66-plus gross leader by 20 shots. He also leads the stableford division, while Ireland’s Michael Barry and Australia’s Gordon Thomas share the B grade lead.