Hamza aims to be third time lucky at Q-School

Wed 12 Feb 2014

Hamza aims to be third time lucky at Q-School

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Cha-am, Hua Hin, Thailand, February 12: Hamza Amin of Pakistan is hoping that his third attempt at the Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand will be a charm as he fired a first round three-under-par 69 on Wednesday.
The Pakistani, who grew up in Austria, was five shots back from leader Nathan Holman of Australia who fired a superb 63 at the par-71 Springfield Royal Country Club.
Hamza Amin of Pakistan Hamza Amin of Pakistan
American Paul Peterson, who played at the par-72 Imperial Lakeview Golf Club, stayed two shots back in second place after returning with a bogey-free round highlighted by six birdies.
Martin Rominger of Switzerland and Canadian Stuart Andersson shared third place after rounds of 66 and 67 respectively while 12 players including Asian Tour winner Lam Chih Bing of Singapore, China’s Hu Mu, Thailand’s Suppakorn Uthaipat and Sujjan Singh of India shared fifth.
A total of 238 players teed off in the all-important Final Stage where the top-40 and ties will earn an Asian Tour card for the 2014 season. The first two rounds of the Final Stage will be held at Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal. After two days, the top-80 and ties will progress to the final two rounds which will be played at Springfield Royal.
After missing the grade in his previous two attempts, Hamza is determined to strike it third time lucky and pass the immensely challenging test at Qualifying School.
“When it is windy, it will be very difficult to play out there. That’s why you need to get off to a fast start and not try any shots that you are not capable of. If you have a decent putting week then you will have a chance to earn your card,” said the 26-year-old Hamza.
Hamza, who is the son to successful Pakistani amateur golfer Taimur Hassan, said that he opted to play under the Pakistan flag instead of the Austrian flag because it fits his identity.
“It fits my character more. My traits are more Pakistani than Austrian. Hopefully this is the year I can finally earn my Asian Tour card,” said Hamza who grew up in Pakistan before going to his birth country in Austria to study and play amateur golf.
However, the day belonged to Holman who is playing in his first attempt at the Asian Tour Qualifying School.
“It’s my first time here so it’s been kind of pressure-packed for me. I just turned professional recently and I thought playing on the Asian Tour is a great pathway for my career,” said the 22-year-old, who enjoyed a successful amateur career where he was ranked second in Australia and 25th in the world before turning professional last October.
“I’ve got a lot of friends playing on the Asian Tour such as Kieren Pratt. I think it’s great to be able to travel with friends. Hopefully I can maintain my good form and secure my card this week,” added Holmer.
Peterson, who is also playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School for the first time, birdied all the par fives to get off to a fast start.
“I decided to come to the Asian Tour Qualifying School after making a lot of decisions with my coaches. I’ve heard good things about this Tour and the way it is run so I wanted to come over here and be a part of it,” said the lanky Peterson, who has never travelled to Asia before.
Rominger, the only Swiss player this week, credited his familiarity with the golf course for a solid round.
“I shot a 63 at the Springfield Royal a couple of years back. I’ve had decent success on this course before so I’m quite familiar with it. I didn’t start well but I scored a couple of birdies on the back nine. It got kind of tough towards the end because the wind was picking up but I was lucky to get an early tee time today,” said the 34-year-old.
Leading first round scores:
- Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 63
- Paul PETERSON (USA) 66
- Martin ROMINGER (SUI) 66, Stuart ANDERSON (CAN) 67
- Suppakorn UTHAIPAT (THA) 67, Jarin TODD (USA) 67, LEE Seong-ho (KOR) 67, Kunal BHASIN (AUS) 68, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 68, Craig HINTON (ENG) 68, HU Mu (CHN) 68, Sujjan SINGH (IND) 68, Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 68, Blair WILSON (AUS) 68, LIEN Lu-sen (TPE) 68, Lincoln TIGHE (AUS) 68
- Chikkarangappa.S (IND) 69, Miles TUNNICLIFF (ENG) 68, KIM Taeksoo Kyung (KOR) 69, HONG Soon-sang (KOR) 69, Hamza AMIN (PAK) 69, Peter VEJGAARD (DEN) 69, Kenichi KUBOYA (JPN) 69, Elias BERTHEUSSEN (NOR) 68, Christiaan BASSON (RSA) 68, Somkiat SRISA-NGA (THA) 69, Seb GROS (FRA) 68, Muhammad MUNIR (PAK) 69, Yoshinobu TSUKADA (JPN) 69, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 69, James Ryan LAM (PHI) 68
- Kapil KUMAR (IND) 69, Craig HANCOCK (AUS) 70, YE Jian-feng (CHN) 69, Alex KANG (USA) 70, Simon GRIFFITHS (ENG) 70, Max SMITH (ENG) 70, Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 69, Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 69, Darren BECK (AUS) 70, SHIN Hyuk-chul (KOR) 69, Martin DIVE (AUS) 70, Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 70, LAM Zhiqun (SIN) 69, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 69, Mhark FERNANDO (PHI) 69, Florian PRAEGANT (AUT) 70, Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (A) (THA) 70, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 69, Nicholas CULLEN (AUS) 69, Mitchell BROWN (AUS) 70, Naomi OHTA (JPN) 70, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 70
Ends.
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