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DAY 1 OF Q SCHOOL STARTS WELL FOR THE KOREAN BOYS

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.

Day 2 – Afternoon Tee-off’

The afternoon tee-offs played very cool for the start and after nine holes it was the established names of David Gleeson (AUS) and Tony Lascuna (PHL) who were toying at the top of the leaderboard. Sitting alongside was Guido Van der Valk. Four players only were under par and the tournament retirements slowly increased.

Tony Lascuna, a force to be reckoned with and a pedigree in Asian Golf that is hard to beat was using every ounce of his experience to master the intricacies of TCC. Even par on the first nine but maybe a hot afternoon and this testing course is taking its toll as he bogey’d the last four. A safe bet for the right side of the cut though.

Guido Van Der Valk (NL) is keeping things consistent and is right up there with the leading golfers and together with Kim Taehoon (KOR), the leading Korean, make up the top 5 on the leaderboard

Nicolas Paez (USA) is quietly sneaking up to the top of the leaderboard and the birdie at 10 and his eagle on 14 has definitely helped. After a very hot afternoon he is the only golfer under par from the late tee-offs and secured second spot on the board!

David Gleeson allowed his character to show through and the always available and affable Australian looked to be taming the course with a one under on his first nine. The second nine was a different matter though and he was disappointed with his finish to end on 5 over.

The cut has been set at +13  and it is still Prom Meesawat at the top of the leaderboard and raring to go for tomorrow’s third round together with a field of 69, including 1 Amateur.