Ahmad takes control at MMO National Qualifiers

Tue 18 Nov 2014

Ahmad takes control at MMO National Qualifiers

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Kuala Lumpur, November 18: Local hopeful Ahmad Farhan Rasyid enjoyed a promising start by carding a three-under-par 69 to take pole position after the opening day of the Maybank Malaysian Open National Qualifiers on Tuesday.
Held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, the two-day National Qualifier brings together aspiring professionals from Malaysia who will vie for four coveted spots at next year's Maybank Malaysian Open.
Wilson Choo posted a 71 to trail Ahmad by two shots with Muhd Al-Warith Damian a further shot back in third place after signing for a 72.
Mohd Rizal Amin and Marcus Low returned with matching 73s to share fourth place while Mohd Amli Mohayideen together with former nationals S. Sivachandhran and Mohd Iylia Jamil are tied for sixth after carding matching 74s.
Ahmad surprised even himself with a performance which he credited to his accurate drives and excellent putting
"I didn't have any inkling that I was going to be in the lead when I started this morning, so I'm really surprised" said the 26-year-old, who started off the 10th hole.
"The West Course is a demanding layout but I birdied my first hole (10th) and that gave the me the confidence to get going. I was two-over after ten holes but got into a brilliant run through the second nine, when I managed three birdies and an eagle in succession. At that point, it really began to hit me that I had a golden chance of teeing up at the Maybank Malaysian Open for the first time," added Ahmad.
Leading first round scores:
69 - Ahmad Farhan Rasyid
71 - Wilson Choo
72 - Muhd Al-Warith Damian
73 - Mohd Rizal Amin, Marcus Low Khai Loon
74 - Mohd Amli Mohiyadeen, S. Sivachandhran, Mohd Iylia Jamil
75 - Lim Eng Seng, Hilmi Abdul Rahman
76 - Dino Abdillah, Hans Jamil, Mohd Irfan Yusoff, S. Murthy
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