Shaaban and Dumandan share the lead in Jakarta


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  • Friday, 07 Sep 2007

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Mohd Shaaban Hussein and Filipino Marvin Dumandan shared the lead on the second day of the US$50,000 International Championship, the opening event on the new Asean Golf Tour, at the Imperial Golf Club in Jakarta yesterday. 

Shaaban carded a three-under 69, the best score of the day, while Dumandan fired a 73 to go one-under for the tournament. 

Malaysia’s Danny Chia and Thailand’s Wittawat Sae-ung are a stroke further behind. 

Overnight leader Lim Eng Seng of Malaysia had a terrible start yesterday, carding a quadruple bogey eight on his opening hole to finish the day well down the leaderboard. 

Shaaban, however, carded four birdies and one bogey to share the lead with Dumandan. 

“I am not going to put too much pressure on myself. I am just going to stay relaxed and keep doing the same thing – focus on each shot – and the good scores will keep coming,” said Shaaban, who finished joint 42nd in last week’s Brunei Open on the Asian Tour. 

Dumandan kept his nerves to lead a tournament for the first time in his short professional career. 

The 27-year-old from Davao turned professional in February and this is only his fourth event as a member of the paid ranks. 

“I took 22 putts in the first round but 30 today. The greens are fast and undulating so it was hard going,” said Dumandan. 

The Filipino, who played amateur golf for his country in the Asian Games, SEA Games and the World Amateur Team Championship, is not short of experience playing under pressure. 

He made one birdie and two bogeys. 

“I’ll just stick to my game plan over the next two days and stay patient. I’d really love to win this tournament,” he said. 

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