China's Hu hopes to make amends

Thu 13 Feb 2014

China's Hu hopes to make amends

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Cha-am, Hua Hin, Thailand, February 13: China’s Hu Mu hopes to keep his momentum going after signing for a one-under-par 70 at the halfway stage of the Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand on Thursday.
Hu, who opened with a 68 at the par-72 Imperial Lakeview Golf Club, compiled a two-day total of five-under-par 138 to stay four shots back from joint leaders Jarin Todd and Paul Peterson of the United States.
Seb Gros of France, Martin Rominger of Switzerland and overnight leader Nathan Holman shared third place after signing for rounds of 67, 69 and 72 respectively on matching 135s.
A total of 82 players successfully progressed to the final two rounds which will be played only at Springfield Royal where the top-40 and ties will earn an Asian Tour card for the 2014 season after the final round.
Hu was delighted to be in prime position to secure his Tour card after narrowly missing the mark by two shots last year.
“It was quite frustrating today. I hit the ball well but it didn’t reflect on my score. I had a better round at Imperial Lakeview yesterday but Springfield Royal is generally a more difficult course,” said Hu, who traded three birdies against two bogeys for tied 15th.
“I think I played really solid for both rounds and I struck the ball well although my putting was not good. I’ve played here last year so I’m pretty familiar with the courses. I just hope to get better results in the next two rounds,” added Hu, who finished 67th on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela
Wolmer Murillo of Venezuela took advantage of a putting tip from a local coach as he returned with a 65 to share 10th position with four other players including Asian Tour winner Lam Chih Bing of Singapore.
“I managed to stay focus throughout. My putting was great today. I saw Pom-pet before starting off yesterday. I’ve got a couple of friends working with him, such as Lindsay Renolds and Pavit Tangkamolprasert. He gave me a couple of tips and I’m glad that worked out very well!” said the 32-year-old Venezuelan, who traded one eagle, five birdies and a lone bogey.
“I started to hole putts out there and I got more comfortable with my game as compared to yesterday. The eagle on par-five ninth that I made from about nine-feet away with a six-iron made a difference today. I felt great. Staying concentrated helps I guess and I was trying to get better and better shots,” added Murillo.
Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan edged closer to securing his Asian Tour card after bouncing back with a solid 66 at the par-72 Imperial Lakeview Golf Club. He shot a 73 on the first day.
“I started off with a bogey but I told myself to stay patient because it is only the first hole. It was very windy out there. After yesterday’s round, I told myself to play without any expectations. That seemed to work for me,” said Koh, who eagled hole eight from five feet.
“It is different when you are playing in Qualifying School. Honestly, nobody wants to go to Q-School because it is so challenging. I just hope to keep the momentum going in the next two rounds,” added the 25-year-old.
Leading second round scores:
134 - Jarin TODD (USA) 67 67, Paul PETERSON (USA) 66 68
135 - Seb GROS (FRA) 68 67, Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 63 72, Martin ROMINGER (SUI) 66 69
Stuart Anderson of Canada Stuart Anderson of Canada
136 - Nicholas CULLEN (AUS) 69 67, Kunal BHASIN (AUS) 68 68, Max SMITH (ENG) 70 66, Kenichi KUBOYA (JPN) 69 67
137 - Stuart ANDERSON (CAN) 67 70, Naomi OHTA (JPN) 70 67, Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 72 65, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 68 69, Craig HINTON (ENG) 68 69
138 - Andrew MARTIN (AUS) 70 68, Ryan YIP (CAN) 71 67, KIM Tae-hoon (KOR) 71 67, Kalem RICHARDSON (AUS) 71 67, HU Mu (CHN) 68 70
139 - PARK Byung-joo (KOR) 71 68, Cassius CASAS (PHI) 71 68, Elias BERTHEUSSEN (NOR) 68 71, Lionel WEBER (FRA) 71 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 74 65, Arie FAUZI (MAS) 74 65, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 69 70, Yoshinobu TSUKADA (JPN) 69 70, LIEN Lu-sen (TPE) 68 71, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 69 70, Suppakorn UTHAIPAT (THA) 67 72, LEE Seong-ho (KOR) 67 72, Akinori TANI (JPN) 72 67, Miles TUNNICLIFF (ENG) 68 71, Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 69 70, KOH Deng Shan (SIN) 73 66, KIM Tae Woo (KOR) 70 69, Hirohito KOIZUMI (JPN) 70 69
140 - LEE Hyung-joon (KOR) 71 69, Ryan MCCARTHY (AUS) 74 66, Darren TAN (AUS) 72 68, Somkiat SRISA-NGA (THA) 69 71, Blair WILSON (AUS) 68 72, LIN Kuan-po (TPE) 72 68, Matt JAGER (AUS) 70 70, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 70 70, Cameron SMITH (AUS) 72 68, WANG Jeung-hun (KOR) 71 69, Craig HANCOCK (AUS) 70 70, Alex KANG (USA) 70 70, Guy WOODMAN (ENG) 74 66, Dimitrios PAPADATOS (AUS) 71 69, Darren BECK (AUS) 70 70, SHIN Hyuk-chul (KOR) 69 71
Ends.
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