Lahore, November 2: Poosit Supupramai of Thailand fired a flawless seven-under-par 65 to set the clubhouse target in the opening round of the inaugural Defence Raya Golf Championship on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Poosit marked his card with seven birdies after waiting for two hours and 30 minutes for the fog to lift at the Defence Raya Golf and Country Club.
With little daylight left, the round was suspended for the day at 5pm with a total of 54 players set to return at 7am on Friday to finish round one.
Masaru Takahashi of Japan, ranked second on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit, returned with a 67 to trail by two shots while Panuwat Muenlek of Thailand and Muhammad Asif of Pakistan were a further shot back in the US$120,000 event.
Poosit, who is searching for a first ADT victory, was delighted with his hot start after playing only 12 holes during the practice round.
“I played only 12 holes because I was hungry and wanted to go for lunch,” he laughed. “I wasn’t worried because I’m hitting the ball so well and I actually birdied holes 13 and 15 today so I’m very pleased with how I’m playing.”
The Thai is happy he made the decision to play at the Defence Raya Golf Championship, which is the first ADT event to be staged in Pakistan.
“Honestly before coming here, I felt scared but when I arrived, the people here are so friendly and great. I wanted to play in a different country and experience new culture and adventure. I’m happy I decided to come,” said Poosit.
Takahashi, a three-time ADT winner, continued his fine form by shooting six birdies against one bogey. He is hoping for a solid result this week which will cement his position inside the top-five on the Order of Merit. The leading five players at the end of the season will earn an Asian Tour card for next year.
“Overall my game is okay. I did what I’m supposed to do, find fairways and greens. I’m playing with a lot of confidence and I didn’t feel nervous. My target this week is to reach 20-under so if I continue playing like how I did, I think I can reach my target,” said Takahashi.
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Leading round 1 results
65 - Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA)
67 - Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN)
68 - Panuwat MUENLEK (THA), Muhammad ASIF (PAK)
69 - Muhmmad IMRAN (PAK), Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA)
70 - Kazuma SHIMAYA (JPN), Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA), Nisar HUSSAIN (PKT)
71 - Aadil JEHANGIR (PAK)
72 - Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA), Martin DIVE (AUS), John CATLIN (USA), Shafiq MASIH (PAK)
73 - Shahid Javed KHAN (PAK), Danyaal JEHANGIR (PAK), Sam CYR (USA), Muhammad NAZIR (PAK)
74 - Ahmad BAIG (A) (PAK), Waheed BALOCH (PAK)
75 - Muhammad AMIR (PAK), WANG Wei-lun (TWN), Adrian HALIMI (INA), Muhammad KHALID (PAK), Akber MEHROZ (PAK), Khawaja AHSEN (A) (PAK)
76 - Rehmatullah (PAK), Muhammad ASHFAQ (PAK), Talib HUSSAIN (PAK), Imdad HUSSAIN (PAK)
About Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.