Cho takes 5-stroke lead at OneAsia Qualifying School



KOTA KINABALU: Korean Rakhyun Cho carded a six-under-par 65, the best round of the week so far, to take the lead after day three of the OneAsia Qualifying School yesterday.

The 24-year-old leads on 11-under-par 202 by five strokes from Australian Doeun An, in with a 69, and Martin Kim from Argentina, who shot 70.

Cho and Kim had started the day sharing the lead at Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club.

However, Cho pulled clear of the field thanks to a stunning round that saw him go to seven under after 14 holes. It looked as if he was going to extend his lead further but his only bogey of the day came on the 18th.

“It is a nice course but I am not used to this type of grass, it makes chipping difficult,” said Cho, who also said he wasn’t affected by a rain shower that lasted 40 minutes and softened the course.

Based in Los Angeles he last played in the OneAsia Qualifying School when it was played at Industry Hills in Los Angeles a couple of seasons ago.

American Jeffrey Kang is in sole possession of fourth place on five under after carding a 67.

A further stroke back is Swede Oscar Arvidsson and Korean Changhyun Park after they both returned 71.

The winner of the Qualifying School will be eligible for all tournaments in 2017 while players ranked second to 10th will be exempt for most events.

OneAsia’s early schedule for 2017 was recently announced with four events set to be staged including two national Opens.

Following this week’s Qualifying School, the first tournament to tee-off will be the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing from April 27 to 30.

Boasting prize money of US$2.9 million the event is joint sanctioned with the European Tour and is now in its 23rd year.

The Tour then heads to the GS Caltex Maekyung Open at Namseoul Country Club in Korea from May 4 to 7.

The Kolon Korea Open will be played at Woo Jeung Hills Country Club from June 1 to 4 while the dates for the China Classic in Beijing will be announced soon.

This year marks OneAsia’s ninth season since its launch in 2009.

By : By PR
New Sabah Times