Easton and Weber Lead On 63

Wed 16 Jan 2013

Easton and Weber Lead On 63

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 16: Highly rated Bryce Easton of South Africa shot a superb nine-under-par 63 in ideal scoring conditions to share the opening round lead with French amateur Lionel Weber at the Asian Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section B on Wednesday.
Easton, a two-time winner in South Africa, and Weber were flawless in their campaign as they returned with seven birdies and one eagle at the Springfield Royal Country Club.
They hold a three-shot lead over David Palm of Sweden while Andrew Mclardy of South Africa was a further shot back.
At the Imperial Lakeview Resort and Golf Club, Koichi Kitamura of Japan carded an eight-under-par 64 to hold a one-shot lead over Australian amateur Daniel Bringolf.
Guy Woodman of England, who played in his first Asian Tour season last year but failed to retain his card, posted a 66 for third place.
After four rounds, the top 15% players from each venue will qualify for the all-important Final Stage which will be held at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Springfield Royal Country Club from January 23 to 26.
The top-40 and ties from the Final Stage will earn their playing rights on the new 2013 Asian Tour season.
Players who play in the Qualifying School are also eligible to play in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) which will be afforded with Official World Golf Ranking points starting this season.
Ends.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.