Sandhu best Indian at 29th in Asian Tour Q-School
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Chandigarh's Ajeetesh Sandhu was the best among the Indian players at the Final Stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School. Sandhu, who played a handful of matches on the Asian tour last season, carded three-under 68 and was lying 29th, while Chiragh Kumar, runner-up at the 2011 Hero Indian Open, who lost his card last year was tied 44th with round of 69.
Vikrant Chopra playing at Lakeview course, shot one one-under 71 and tied 72nd, while Amardip shot 72, also at Lakeview. Rashid Khan, Khalin Joshi, KP Sekhon and Gurbaaz Mann carded even par 71 at Springfield.
Among the other Indians, Rahil Gangjee (72, one-over), Deepinder Kullar and Pravin Pathare carded one-over 73. Dipankar Kaushal, Mandeo Pathania, Randhir Ghotra and Abhinav Lohan carded three-over 75 at Lakeview, while Abhijit Chadha shot three-over 74 at Springfield and Gaurav Ghei carded five-over 76. Ashpreet Thind scored seven-over 79 at Lakeview. Thailand's Donlaphatchai Niyomchon is excited with the prospect of playing alongside his idol, Thaworn Wiratchant on a regular basis after he set the early pace with an opening seven-under 64.
Compatriot Sattaya Supupramai carded a 65 to stay one shot back in tied-second alongside Canada's Richard Lee, Australia's Anthony Choat and Sweden's Thomas Petersson. China's Hu Mu and Indonesia's Benny Kasiadi are among the nine players bunched in equal sixth place after they signed for matching five-under-pars.
The first two rounds of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage are staged at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Springfield Royal Country Club where the course is played at par-72 and par-71 respectively. The cut will be made after 36 holes with the top 100 and ties progressing to the final two rounds at the Springfield Royal Country Club. Only the top-40 and ties will earn playing privileges for the 2013 Asian Tour season.