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Rianne regains lead

Playing in tough conditions, Malixi bogeyed three of the first seven holes but picked up three birdies in the next seven holes.

Rianne Mikhaela Malixi bogeyed the par-4 seventh hole for the third straight day but hung tough to wrest the lead in the girls’ Class A division of the Singha Thailand Junior World Championships at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club in Thailand Saturday.

Malixi shot a two-over-par 74 to move in front on 1-over 217, two shots ahead of overnight leader Thai Thitikarn N. who collapsed with a 77.

Playing in tough conditions, Malixi bogeyed three of the first seven holes but picked up three birdies in the next seven holes.

However, the 15-year-old prodigy made back-to-back bogeys from 15 before finishing with two straight pars.

Thitikarn, who sizzled for a 64 in the second round to seize control, reached the turn on 6-over and made her first and only birdie on 11 before he dropped two shots on 17.

Abby Abarcas struggled to an 84 for a 34-over total while Julianne Kristine Go also had an 84 for 51-over.

In the boys’ Class A, Jacob Cajita struggled to an 8-over 80 and fell into a tie for the lead with Malaysian Syed Hussein on 7-over 223.

Cajita made only one birdie against four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey.

Hussein carded a 75.

Edison Tabalin moved into a share of third place on 9-over 225 after shooting the day’s best 70. He is tied with Thai Lapassapon who submitted a 77.

Zach Castro carded an 82 for 241.

In other results:

Boys’ Class B: Shinichi Suzuki, 77-229, fourth; Patrick Gene Tambalque, 79-235; Tristan Jefferson Padilla, 85-243, ninth; Zach Villaroman, 84-249, 11th;

Girls’ Class B: Reese Allyson Ng, 78-237, seventh; Alessandra Luciano, 86-263, 10th; Celine Marie Abalos, 93-278, 13th;

Boys’ Class C: Geoffrey Drew Tan, 86-250; David James Teves, 84-251;

Girls’ Class C: Francesca Nicole Gan, 82-256, sixth; Lisa Sarines, 85-260, seventh; Mona Sarines, 93-278;

Boys’ Class D: Jared Saban, 80-245, fourth; Ryuji Suzuki, 87-262; Vito Sarines, 88-264

Girls’ Class D: Brittany Pauline Tamayo, 88-267, seventh.

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