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SIVACHANDRAN, ANDIK & KAWANE SEIZE LEAD AT KARIZA

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SIVACHANDRAN, ANDIK AND KAWANE SEIZE LEAD AT KARIZA CLASSIC
 
Jakarta: Asian Development Tour Order of Merit leader S. Sivachandran of Malaysia took charge of the weather-hit second round with local hope Andik Mauludin and Japanese Takafumi Kawane at the Kariza Classic on Wednesday.
 
Sivachandran posted five birdies against one bogey for a four-under-par 68 to share the clubhouse lead with Kawane, who returned with a superb 66 and Andik (70) on a two-day total of seven-under-par 137 at the Imperial Klub Golf where play was suspended due to darkness at 5.55pm local time.
 
A lightning storm in the morning forced a two and a half hour suspension, which will mean 57 players will resume their rounds at 7.00am at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour event on Thursday.
 
Thailand’s Nakul Vichitryuthasastr battled to a 69 to trail the leaders by one stroke while compatriot Ronnachai Jamnong carded a 71 for a 140 total. Malaysians Haziq Hamizan and Sukree Othman are a stroke back with Zaw Moe of Myanmar on 141.
 
Sivachandran, winner of the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational in Malaysia in July, made the turn in 34 and posted a birdie on the second hole (played from the back nine) before play was suspended. He returned with four consecutive pars before holing a birdie on the seventh hole to take a share of the lead.
 
“My game plan was to find as many fairways as I can to have a decent opportunity to attack the greens. I managed to achieve that and that helped with my score,” said Sivachandran.
 
He is vying to maintain his top position on the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit as the top three players will earn their Asian Tour cards next season. A victory will solidify his position but he is not taking things lightly.
 
“There are still two more days to go and a lot of golf to play. Anything can happen here and at the moment winning this tournament or the Order of Merit is still not on my mind yet,” said the Malaysian.
 
Andik, who won a tournament on the local circuit earlier this year, put his knowledge of the golf course to good use as he closed with four birdies against two bogeys.
 
“It was an okay round for me but I wished I could have done better especially since this is my home course,” said the 27-year-old.
 
“I enjoy playing here and know the course very well. I feel like I have an advantage. Hopefully my form can hold up and I will be able to making a surge up the leaderboard,” said Andik, who won the Bronze medal in the team category of the Southeast Asian Games in 2007.
 
Nakul had the opportunity to take the clubhouse lead but dropped a shot on the 16th hole and missed his birdie putt on 18 from four feet.
 
“My driver worked very well for me and I managed to hole some important putts. I could have taken the outright lead or tie for the lead but it fell apart on the last three holes,” said Nakul, who revealed that he has finished second and third placing on approximately 11 occasions in his career.

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