Frankie Miñoza opened his bid with a three-under-par 69 at the start of the Singha-SAT Boonchu Ruangkit Invitation Tour 2022 at the Rancho Charnvee Resort and Country Club in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Wednesday.
The 62-year-old Filipino legend collected six birdies against three bogeys and stayed four shots off the pace.
He’s the best-placed non-Thai in the leaderboard tied with Udon Duangdecha who won last August.
“He’s calm and relaxed,” said 16-year-old Edison Tabalin who carried the bag for the 34-time champion.
Tabalin, who won the boys’ 15-18 title in the recent Singha Thailand Junior World Championships, was given an opportunity to watch Miñoza up close.
Asked if Miñoza gave him advice, Tabalin said he should start losing weight.