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Thai’s hot streak continues

A WEEK after winning in Chinese Taipei, Saranporn Langkulgasettrin continued to wield a hot hand yesterday as the Thai teenager carded a 4-under-par 68 to take the first-round lead at the PTT Thailand LPGA Masters in Bangkok. Malaysian Ainil Bakar and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Yu-ju were one shot back at 69 at the tournament tri-sanctioned between the China LPGA, the Australian LPGA and the Thai LPGA. China’s Li Jiayun shot a 70 over the Panya Indra Golf Club composite course to sit equal fourth with Thais PK Kongkraphan, Renuka Suksukont, Chatprapa Siriprakob, Nemittra Juntanaket and Parinda Phokan. Saranporn, the current China LPGA Tour Order of Merit leader who won last week’s Kenda Tires TLPGA Open, started her early morning round from the 10th tee and came out firing; the 17-year-old carding five birdies through her first seven holes to make the turn at 5-under 31.

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