McLister leads the way at #ATQS

Thu 14 Jan 2016

McLister leads the way at #ATQS

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 14: American Kevin McLister continued his fine form by signing for a five-under-par 66 to lead by one shot at the halfway stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand on Thursday.
Keven McLister of the USA Keven McLister of the USA
The 26-year-old American, who missed the halfway cut in his first attempt at the Qualifying School last year, fired seven birdies against two bogeys at the Springfield Royal Country Club to lead on 12-under-par 130 total.
India’s Chikkarangappa S. put himself in contention at the Qualifying School for the second year straight when he carded a flawless 64 thanks to one eagle and five birdies at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club to take second place.
Former PGA Tour player Tom Johnson of the United States, who came through the first stage last week, stayed on track for his Tour card when he returned with a 67 to stay a further shot back in third place.
A total of 110 players from the top-100 and ties after the second round successfully progressed to the final two rounds which will be played only at Springfield Royal. The top-40 and ties will earn an Asian Tour card for the 2016 season after the final round.
Tom Johnson of the USA Tom Johnson of the USA
Australian David Gleeson battled to a 75 to survive the halfway cut set at one-over-par 143 while former Tennis star and golf amateur Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand missed out on his chances after signing for a disappointing 81.
McLister, who opened his campaign with a sizzling 64, hopes to keep his momentum going as he continues his bid for an Asian Tour card.
“I felt very comfortable out there. I wanted to focus on holes two, three and seven. I know I need to grind it out on those holes. I got off to a great start because I birdied two and three before going on to birdie five. That was quite a boost for me. I was trying to feed off my good form,” said McLister, who trains under the same coach as Asian Tour prospect Paul Peterson.
After turning in 33, McLister picked up two straight birdies on 12 and 13 but dropped a shot on 14. He went on to finish the round strongly with two closing birdies.
“I am hitting the ball great, especially off the tee. I putted well too. I guess these two were the key for me these two weeks. It was windy. I had a close to perfect condition playing in the morning at Imperial Lakeview yesterday but today, I had to keep grinding out there.
S.Chikkarangappa of India S.Chikkarangappa of India
“I am very happy with how I have been playing. I have high expectations for myself this week.
I think there are great opportunities here in Asia, especially with the world golf ranking points on offer,” added McLister, who claimed his first professional win back home last July.
Chikkarangappa, a two-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), is determined to turn his game around in the new season as he edged closer to regaining his Asian Tour card.
The 22-year-old Indian got off to a blast with an eagle-birdie on second and third before making birdies on sixth and ninth to turn in with a splendid 30. He added two more birdies on 13 and 15 on his way home.
“I put myself in the same position as how I did last year. I just want to play the same for the next two rounds and try to build on my good form. I am feeling confident and comfortable with my game so looking forward to the next two rounds,” said Chikkarangappa, who finished 73rd on the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Indonesia’s George Gandranata hauled himself back on track to secure his 2016 Asian Tour card after carding a 66 to trail by eight in tied 16th place.
George Gandranata of Indonesia George Gandranata of Indonesia
“I managed to hole some putts and that was the key to my good round. I managed to hit it a lot closer than yesterday. There is still a long way to go to secure my Asian Tour card. I need to work harder,” said the 29-year-old Indonesian, who amassed 29 putts.
“I didn’t have a good season last year. I guess I was expecting too much. I was trying to force things a little bit while trying to get better. I was in Bangkok for a few days before coming here and got some putting advices from coach Pompetch Sarabuddi. I’m beginning to feel comfortable with his advices after my round today,” added Gandranata.
All Qualifying School entrants will be eligible to compete on the burgeoning ADT, which was inaugurated in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour. The secondary circuit staged a record total of 28 tournaments in the 2014 season.
Ends.
Leading second round scores:
130 - Kevin MCLISTER (USA) 64 66
131 - Chikkarangappa S. (IND) 67 64
132 - Tom JOHNSON (USA) 65 67
133 - Michael WRIGHT (AUS) 66 67, Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 63 70
134 - Kodai ICHIHARA (JPN) 66 68
135 - Sebastian HEISELE (GER) 68 67, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 68 67, Thriston LAWRENCE (RSA) 66 69
136 - Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 68 68
137 - Seunghyun CHOI (KOR) 72 65, Jobim CARLOS (A) (PHI) 69 68, Victor OSTERBY (DEN) 70 67, Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 68 69, Darren TAN (AUS) 69 68
138 - Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 73 65, Raphael DE SOUSA (SUI) 69 69, Scott VINCENT (ZIM) 70 68, Niclas JOHANSSON (SWE) 68 70, Johannes VEERMAN (USA) 70 68, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 68 70, Richard JUNG (CAN) 69 69, George GANDRANATA (INA) 72 66, Shunya TAKEYASU (JPN) 69 69, Tichakorn SAWADEE (THA) 69 69, Rory HIE (INA) 68 70, Hamza AMIN (PAK) 72 66, Quincy QUEK (SIN) 66 72
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