Lucky Fung fires fine 65 #HoTramOpen

Thu 03 Dec 2015

Lucky Fung fires fine 65 #HoTramOpen

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Ho Tram, Vietnam, December 3: Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung took full advantage of a ‘lucky’ opening eagle en route to an impressive six-under-par 65 in the first round of the inaugural US$1.5 million Ho Tram Open on Thursday.
Starting from the par-five 10th hole, the 25-year-old mishit his approach shot which remarkably spun back into the cup for an outrageous eagle. He went on to shoot five more birdies against a lone bogey for a share of fourth place and trails first day leader Charlie Wi of Korea by three.
Malaysian rookie Gavin Green battled to a 70 in the Asian Tour’s richest full field tournament while Danny Chia, who is on track to qualify for Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup against Europe next month, fired a 71.
“It was a lucky shot,” conceded Fung. “It was 85 metres to the pin but I pushed my shot right and it spun back into the hole. It was a blind shot so I didn’t know that it went in until my caddy told me.”
Despite windy conditions, Fung kept a cool head at the award-winning The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip course and was duly rewarded with a strong start in yet another attempt to secure a maiden Asian Tour win.
Ranked 36th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, the slightly built Malaysian, who finished runner-up in Singapore several weeks ago, is also hoping to make a late push for a place in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM. He needs to be amongst the top-four Asians on the Order of Merit by December 14.
Fung, however, is keen to play down any pressure to get into the team or secure a first win in Asia’s premier golf circuit.
“I tried to take it easy. I started my round quite late in the morning and the wind was already blowing. The course is not long so I had some good birdie chances. It will be tougher tomorrow (in the afternoon) so I just need to avoid making mistakes,” he said.
“I’ve been telling myself to stay positive and relax. I was in contention in the last two Asian Tour events but I put too much pressure on myself.”
Since opening in October 2014, the links-style layout, located two hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, has been hailed by many of the world’s leading authorities on golf. In January, GOLF Magazine named it one of the world’s best new courses. In July, the Australian Financial Review called it “as pretty a course as you’ll find on the entire Asian continent.” Last month, it was named the “World’s Best New Course” at the World Golf Awards ceremony in Portugal.
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About Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd
Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL) is an international development company specializing in integrated resort destinations. ACDL, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Ho Tram Project Company Ltd, is the developer of the Ho Tram Strip, a group of integrated resorts and residential development located on more than 400 acres of land with more than two kilometers of pristine beach in Ho Tram, Vietnam and an approved Investment Certificate issued by the Government of Vietnam. With a focus on providing a personalized blend of excitement and relaxation, the Ho Tram Strip will feature something for everyone, from lavish entertainment to premium shopping and exceptional recreational facilities.
The first phase of its development – The Grand Ho Tram Strip – opened its doors in 2013 and includes a 541 room five-star hotel, a world-class entertainment facility, restaurants, high-tech meeting space, an exclusive VIP area, three swimming pools, as well as a variety of beach-front recreation activities. The Ho Tram Strip is one of the region’s largest integrated resort projects with major future development phases including an additional 559 rooms and further leisure amenities that will complete The Grand Ho Tram Strip.  Adjacent to The Grand, the 18 hole Greg Norman designed Championship golf course – The Bluffs – opened for play in early 2014.  Future developments at the site will include a residential offering, a second integrated resort similar in size and scale to The Grand, and three additional five star resorts.
About the Asian Tour
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