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THE FINAL DAY KEPT US WAITING
THE FINAL DAY KEPT US WAITING
October 12th 2018

THE FINAL DAY KEPT US WAITING

The three-way tie at the top with Johnson Poh (SIN), WooJin Jung (KOR) and Peter Karmis (SA) kept the challenge going through the first nine with each of the players showing their ability. Close enough to keep us guessing as to whether there would be a play-off. The back nine told a slightly different story and it turned out there was no need for any more as Johnson Poh maintained his momentum and ended with a stylish 68 to give a total of 8 under par over the four rounds and the title of OneAsia Q School Champion for 2018. Second place went to WooJin Jung on 4 under and third to Peter Karmis on 1 under for the tournament. The Koreans continued their strong showing with 2 in the top 5 and 5 in the top 10.

The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club hosted a celebratory lunch for all the players after the prize giving and OneAsia wish to offer their sincere thanks and appreciation of the professionalism and support that was shown by all members of their team; from the management to the caddies throughout the tournament

The players returned to the partner hotel, The Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, and will be returning to their homes tomorrow. The players have all achieved a category status in the OneAsia Tour for the rest of this season with the category placings based on:

“The WINNER of each OneAsia™ Qualifying School will be eligible for membership and be exempt in Category 4 (Winner of any OneAsia™ Tournament and Qualifying School) for one (1) year. This will provide exemption for all OneAsia™ Tournaments (including any co-sanctioned events).

PLAYERS RANKED 2 to 5 at the OneAsia™ Qualifying School will be eligible for membership and be exempt in Category 7, this will provide exemption into most OneAsia™ tournaments.

PLAYERS RANKED 6 THROUGH 20 of the OneAsia™ Qualifying School will be eligible for membership and be exempt in Category 11. In the event of a tie, players will be ranked according to their scores over the final 36 holes.”

The third day has been a little cooler much to the pleasure of our players this tournament and more than 10 of the field improved on yesterday’s score.

Twenty strokes separate the top 10 and once again the Korean contingent has taken five of those places. Everything is set for a great final day with a three-way tie at the top with Johnson Poh (SIN), WooJin Jung (KOR) and Peter Karmis (SA).

Top ten placings after day 3 are:

More news and photos soon.

Day 2 at the OneAsia Q School gave early hopes for a slightly cooler day but true to form the heat arrived and tested the best with only seven of the players beating yesterday’s score and only two under par. The Koreans had a strong showing again with three in the top four.
The heat is taking its toll with only a handful on the practice greens and the range for the early afternoon. For most, it is back to the relative cool of the hotel, rehydration and relaxation for tomorrow.

Day 1 at the OneAsia Q School began with a slightly overcast sky that kept the temperature pleasant for the early tee offs. That soon changed and the going got a bit tougher as the players got through the course.
With four players out of the field under par it is all to play for over the next three days and in the top ten players our guests from Korea have taken five of the places. More news and photos soon….
The Top Ten are:

OneAsia is pleased to confirm that it is welcoming a good mix of regional players to the 2018 Q School at Sultan Abdul Aziz Golf & Country Club. The players have recognised that OneAsia is working hard behind the scenes to develop and nurture the players in the region and to create a Tour that truly develops the game of golf in the Asia region. With the top 20 players being eligible to play all full field events this year the Q School is the perfect opportunity for inclusion in the first year of OneAsia’s restructure.
Understanding that there is a big shift in Asian Golf and that the media attention it is already receiving will only increase in the future, OneAsia is working with component parts of the industry to harness the strengths of the region and such that the players will benefit.
OneAsia is also pleased to announce that two players on the international scene have chosen to join the Q School. Miguel Angel Jiminez Junior; whose father is one of the more notable names in the world of golf with numerous Tour titles to his name. His golf is very much ‘like father, like son’ and he plays with passion and openly admits to an aggressive streak. He says; “when I see the pin, I goes for it!”.

And the seasoned professional, Peter Karmis, who has been on the professional circuit since 2004 and has 26 top ten finishes to his name will also be playing. A regular on the South African Sunshine Tour he is looking to spread his wings in the Asian arena with OneAsia.

President & CEO Kuma Krishna Muthuraja said that: “It is great for us to have our boys from Asia at this year’s Q School. At OneAsia we are focused hard on supporting all our players in the region and having such international talent as Miguel and Peter join us only endorses this. There are more tournaments to come in the second half of 2018 including those already announced on the website and with 2019 OneAsia we are signing up new tournaments for all our golfers to enjoy.”
Together with its Q School Sponsor contributing $250 to the players fees, OneAsia aims to safeguard the interests of the players in the Asia region and the game of golf for Asia.

OneAsia™ is pleased to announce TWO very important updates for its Qualifying School for the 2018 season taking place at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club (SAASGCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Official Host Venue, from May 28th to June 1st 2018.
First, we have now reached an agreement with the Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia, for it to be the Official Hotel for the OneAsia 2018 Qualifying School. President & CEO of OneAsia™, Mr. Kuma Krishna Muthuraja said that “The Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam has worked with us to provide great accommodation and value for money for both our local and international players. Not least, it is within close proximity to the tournament Golf course and only a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)”. Concorde Hotel, Shah AlamAmilia Alias, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam said “As an award-winning hotel nestled in the heart of Shah Alam, OneAsia came to us to see how we could offer its Golfers a suitable venue to unwind after the pressure of the tournament days at SAASGCC together with ease of access, comfortable rooms and an array of f & b options. We are very pleased to oblige, and I am sure they will all have a very memorable stay with us”. Both Muthuraja and Alias want this to be the start of a more long-term relationship for both parties.

And on the Sponsor front OneAsia™ is proud to have secured a sponsor who will be paying US$ 250 per player towards their entry fees.
President & CEO of OneAsia™, Mr Kuma Krishna Muthuraja said that “As one of the five pillars of The OneAsia Group is to develop and nurture our players this wholly supports our endeavours to create a Tour that truly develops the game of golf in the Asia region. The Sponsor, who is an avid lover of the game from the region truly believes that OneAsia, being a truly independent tour with no encumbrance in any way from the past and without any external forces influencing it, will safeguard the interests of the players in the region and the game for Asia. This is unconditional and unlimited in number”.

All social media accounts have been updated which we would request that you follow to keep up with everything at OneAsia™.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oneasiagolf.asia/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/oneasia.golf/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OneAsia_Golf

OneAsia™ is pleased to announce that the Qualifying School for the 2018 season will take place at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club (SAASGCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Official Host Venue, from May 28th to June 1st 2018.
President & CEO of OneAsia™, Mr Kuma Krishna Muthuraja said that “We are very happy to be able to work with SAASGCC as the Official Host Venue of our 2018 Qualifying School and to continue our 2018 season here. The Q School is a fundamental part of the OneAsia Tour and with some of the best talent in the world we want to nurture this to give our players the opportunities and environment to thrive. With our HQ now set up in Kuala Lumpur, it is great to build on our development with SAASGCC, a well-established KL course and a truly challenging environment for our members as they set out to tame the course”.
James Thevarasu, the General Manager of SAASGCC said: “We are very proud to provide the Official Host Venue for the OneAsia 2018 Q School and take it as a testament to all the work that we have put into the course in restoring the renowned golfing conditions for golfers’ enjoyment and relaxation as well as providing a challenging course for all levels”.
For OneAsia™ it is the culmination of a year of consolidation and this signifies the full rebirth of the Tour with at least four regional tournaments planned for the rest of 2018, details of which are available on the website at www.oneasia.golf.


OneAsia™ is also pleased to announce a new look; with a fresh logo and website, to begin to regain its grasp on the world of Asian golf.
All social media accounts have been updated which we would request that you follow to keep up with everything at OneAsia™.
Web: www.oneasia.golf
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oneasiagolf.asia/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/oneasia.golf/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OneAsia_Golf

For any further information please contact Rachel at rsong@oneasia.golf or Nick at natkinson@oneasia.golf

The President & CEO of OneAsia™, Mr Kuma Krishna Muthuraja was very proud to be invited to speak at the National Ranking Awards Ceremony of Sri Lanka Golf this week. It was a most significant day for the rebirth of Sri Lanka Golf, which coincides with the anniversary of the death of the legendary Sri Lankan Golfer – Pin Fernando.

This event was marked in the presence of the Honourable Minister for Sports, Mr. Dayasiri Jayasekera, the CEO of UTE, Mr. Riyad Ismail, representing the main sponsor of the UTE Pin Fernando Grand Prix and ranking awards ceremony, by the unveiling of the new logo of Sri Lanka Golf by Priath Fernando, President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union.

Also present were Sri Lanka’s golfing heroes, the Professional Golfers, Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera and new Pro on the block Thangaraja, all of whom are fresh from their recent victories on the Professional Golf Tour of India and Bangladesh.

Guest of Honour,Mr. Kuma Krishna Muthuraja said that he is looking forward to working with Sri Lanka Golf and will provide opportunities for the top Pros in Sri Lanka to make their mark in Asia. Not least he is also very pleased to confirm that Priath Fernando, President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union will also take a place on the Board of OneAsia™.

The UTE Pin Fernando Grand Prix was initiated by the family of Pin Fernando in his memory, mainly to give an opportunity to all potential golfers to participate in monthly tournaments and gain vital match experience. Previously, there was only the Sri Lanka Open which showcased the talent of the caddies who learnt and practiced golf entirely in their spare time. The family company of Pin Fernando, UTE, took over the sponsorship of this event from 2017. UTE has also recently become a Strategic Partner of Sri Lanka Golf.

The wind has been much the same as yesterday and no less a test for the final round with early starters returning cards over par but relieved to have not succumbed too much to the particular querks of this course. The top six maintained a steady front nine, either one over or par and we wondered if the course would allow someone to make a move. Meesawat did so on the 10th but this was complimented by Tabuena who copied the birdie. It was head to head down the back nine and they shared bogeys at the 16th to arrive at the clubhouse tied on one over. As they tee’d off at the 18th, two good drives; Meesawat more to the right and Tabuena the left. Meesawat’s approach from 206 yards left the crowd amazed as it landed on the green 20ft short of the hole. How would Miguel answer with his 196 yard shot. In majestic style, leaving him just under 20 ft. Pressure on but they each took two puts so the play-off on the 18th began. Good shots again from the tee and then Tabuena put his approach at the front of the green leaving a challenging put. Meesawat had found the fairway bunker on the right. He caught it well but just caught the lip of the bunker at the front of the green. This was the turning point as it was an almost impossible stance and sadly took two to get out and close to the pin. Tabuena had two puts to win and left his first within a few inches to seal a dramatic victory. To win at home with his family watching was the perfect end to a hard fought four rounds but a well-deserved triumph. As well as the wonderful trophy he takes home a cheque for $108,000. Prom Meesawat had to settle for second place but had put on one of the best performances of consistent play over the tournament and he is maintaining his standing as a major force in Asian golf. Credit also to Guido Van Der Valk who also put in a great performance over the week to end on 5 over in third place and is one to keep an eye on for the future. All in all a great tournament on one of the most challenging courses in the region and the general consensus among the players was they look forward to playing it again.

Day 2 – Morning Tee-off’

Prom Meesawat (THA) is toughing it out at SOLAIRE PHILIPPINE OPEN. A shaky start with a bogie on his second hole at 11 which received the perfect response and was immediately rectified with a birdie at 12th and another at 14 but took an extra shot at the difficult 16th.  He dropped another at the 2nd but birdied the 7th and had a disappointing end with a dropped shot at the ninth which gave him a birdie on the first day. This keeps him one over par for the day and one under for the tournament with a delicate hold at the top of the leaderboard. He said ‘if you play a bad shot and let your confidence slip the course will take advantage’.

One of the golfers to improve was Miguel Tabuena (PHL) who claimed second last year. Beginning the day with a Birdie at the 10th kept the confidence high and he took a further shot off at the 14th. A dropped shot on the 16th was replaced at the 17th but after the turn he must have had a few anxious thoughts. He had a disappointing start on the front nine with bogies at each of the first three holes but settled himself by the 8th and a couple more birdies before a dropped shot at his last kept him at 1 over for the tournament. He said ‘I plan to do one better than my second place last year’.

Kim TaeHoon (KOR) had a good start on his second hole but within two holes had dropped a double at the 13th. The front nine and his return trip to the clubhouse he traded bogies and birdies on six holes to finish 3 over. He told me he struggled to find the fairway all day.

The unanimous verdict was again how unforgiving the course is but maybe surprisingly they all seem to love the course!

Stephen Leyton had one of those rounds at 6 over, 5 over for the championship but it may be Mardan Mamat who is ruing too many missed shots with a 10 over par. This course is taking no prisoners and demands the best. Stephen and Mardan are now awaiting details of the cut which after the morning session is difficult to even guess.

Another good round came from Andrew Campbell who is sitting safely for the third round tomorrow and was the only player under par in the morning tee-offs.