Sunday, December 30, 2018


Hua Hin, Thailand, December 30: Austen Truslow of the United States topped the class when he signed off his marathon week with a closing six-under-par 65 to secure his Tour card at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage today.
Truslow was also the leading player to progress from the first stage last week and impressed many with his one-hand dexterity at chipping as he wrapped up his week with a five-day total of 24-under-par 331.
Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul also completed an unforgettable week at the Lakeview Resort and Golf Club as he carded the lowest score of the day with a 61 to finish in second place.
India’s Aadil Bebi, who was the youngest player to tee up in the Final Stage, showed his mental toughness by posting a 63 to end the week tied for ninth.
Despite learning about the loss of a close friend who was involved in a fatal traffic accident at the start of the week, the 17-year-old displayed maturity beyond his years by staying focused to earn his playing rights for the 2019 Asian Tour season.
Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and China’s Jin Cheng will give up their amateur status after emerging within the top-35 and ties players to earn their Tour cards after five rounds.
Under the influence of his father, Austen Truslow got interested in golf when he was four and he lives in Florida.
Earlier in the week, Truslow carded his first ace during the second round. His hole-in-one was the first he has made in his professional career and it came courtesy of his six-iron from 196 yards on the 16th hol
Aadil Bedi started practising and learning the initial strokes of golf when he was just four years old.
Throughout his 13-year amateur career, Bedi has won 171 medals and trophies. He has also represented India in all the elite and major amateur tournaments of the world including Asian games, British Amateur, Australian Masters of Amateur, Singapore Amateur and the Eisenhower Cup played in Ireland.
Bedi represented India as an amateur at the 2018 Asian Games. He led the field for the first three days but eventually missed out on a podium finish on the final day, finishing in 13th place.
He got an invitation to play at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) season-ender last month where he finished tied-12th at the PGM Maybank ADT Championship.
Bedi’s best result as a professional came at the Bengaluru Open on the PGTI where he finished third a fortnight ago.

Players’ Quotes

Austen Truslow (USA)Fifth round 65 (-6), total 331 (-24)
I’m not going to cry. For the past four years, I haven’t got on Tour before. My goal when I was 18 was to get on Tour by age 22 and the Asian Tour Qualifying School was the last time to do it.
It’s been a good week. I finally have a place to play full time.
I felt that my game is good enough once I get out there, but I haven’t done well in qualifying. Now that I have a card, I can loosen and show my consistency.
 I started chipping with one hand over a year ago. I didn’t chip great this week, but it was still a lot better than chipping with two hands.
I don’t chip with one hand every single time, but 80 per cent of the time I do. I didn’t go out with the goal of winning the tournament  win today. I just wanted a good round as it’ll give me my status on Tour. I finished well
Leading scores after round 5 of the the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage 2019 being played at the par 71, 6,888yds A and B course (am denotes amateur):

- Austen TRUSLOW (USA) 67-66-69-64-65.
332 - Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 69-68-67-67-61.
333 - Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 67-67-70-63-66.
334 - Zach MURRAY (AUS) 68-64-67-66-69.
336 - Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 67-64-68-65-72.
337 - Tomoharu OTSUKI (JPN) 69-65-66-69-68.
338 - Taewoo KIM (SKOR) 64-69-72-67-66, Sean KELLY (USA) 65-69-70-66-68.
339 - Aadil BEDI (India) 67-72-68-69-63, Daisuke YASUMOTO (JPN) 64-73-73-64-65, Mikumu HORIKAWA (JPN) 72-68-64-68-67, Teemu PUTKONEN (Finland) 71-67-69-65-67.
340 - Aman RAJ (India) 69-64-74-68-65, Sadom KAEWKANJANA (Thailand) (am) 70-67-70-68-65, Ben GEYER (USA) 68-68-67-71-66.
341 - Hongtaek KIM (SKOR) 72-69-69-67-64, Chanyoung PARK (SKOR) 68-66-73-68-66, Daniel FOX (AUS) 69-65-72-69-66, Clyde MONDILLA (PHI) 71-68-65-68-69, Trevor SIMSBY (USA) 71-67-68-66-69.
342 - Naras LUANGPHETCHARAPORN (THA) 71-68-78-59-66, Chris RODGERS (ENG) 66-68-71-70-67, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 64-71-72-67-68, Dookyun WON (SKOR) 66-70-73-65-68, Kerry SWEENEY (USA) 68-70-69-67-68, Kosuke HAMAMOTO (THA) 64-71-72-65-70, Matthias JOHANSSON (SWE) 71-66-68-67-70.
343 - Ye Htet AUNG (Maynamar) 70-71-67-68-67, JIN Cheng (CHN) (am) 73-64-71-67-68.



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