Mehaffey well placed as weather delayed opening round of the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge

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Mehaffey well placed as weather delayed opening round of the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge

Olivia Mehaffey (Photo By John Dickson/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Olivia Mehaffey will return on day two of the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge with three holes to complete as she looks to improve her first round standing after a weather-delayed start in Thailand.

The Tandragee woman is currently in a share of 35th with seven points in the modified stableford format at Siam Country Club’s Waterside course, which is 15 back of runaway leader Sihwan Kim at the mixed-gender event in Chonburi.

Rather than being played to-par, the tournament sees points awarded for each scoring hole – eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, minus-one for a bogey and minus-three for any score more than that – to encourage more aggressive play.
With five birdies and three bogeys on her scorecard, Mehaffey currently sits two-under for the tournament and with seven points, which has her tied for 35th.

The former Arizona State star bogeyed her second hole, but back-to-back birdies got her up to three points, although she would finish her front-nine bogey-birdie-bogey to stay at that score.
Her momentum was halted at just the wrong time, however, the hooter for darkness suspending play just as Mehaffey recorded back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th and she will resume on Friday morning hoping to keep that going into day two.

Kim, meanwhile, holds a healthy seven-point lead at the top, the American rattling off three straight birdies and then an eagle at the par-five 18th to end his round with a sparkling 10-under 62 that has him atop the standings with 22 points.
In total, the Asian Tour Order of Merit leader carded an eagle, nine birdies and one bogey in a fantastic round that already has him in a commanding position at the top.

“It was one of those rounds where you just look at a putt and it goes in,” said 33-year-old Kim. “I didn’t really hit that well off the tee, I probably hit two fairways on the back nine today, but I was seven-under, so I just don’t know.”
Joohyung Kim, Hung Chien-yao, Viraj Madappa and Rory Hie are all tied for second on 15 points, with Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom and Thailand’s Chanettee Wannasaen the leading women in a share of eighth on 13 points.

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