15 Jan 2024 | Professional golf |

Aussies on Tour: Zunic advances at Asian Tour Q School

by Tony Webeck

Jordan Zunic

New South Welshman Jordan Zunic has become the 17th Australian to qualify for this week’s Final Stage of Asian Tour Qualifying School after advancing at First Stage in Thailand.

Zunic and New Zealand’s Nick Voke were the only Australasian players to move on from the two sites that hosted First Stage last week and will now play the five-round Final Stage in Thailand starting Tuesday.

Zunic shot 66 in the final round at Phoenix Gold Golf Bangkok to finish in a tie for 15th to qualify for Final Stage on the number.

A total of 19 players advanced from Grand Prix Golf Club, Voke comfortably inside the number all week, shooting rounds of 67-67-66-68 to finish tied for sixth.

After a brilliant start, Cam Davis finished in a tie for 30th at the PGA TOUR’s Sony Open in Hawaii.

His career-best round of 8-under 62 gave him the lead after Round 1 but couldn’t sustain it, closing with a 1-under 69.

The first event of the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour season is underway in the Bahamas with mixed results for the Aussies in the field.

Rhein Gibson is one stroke off the lead after a 7-under 65 in Round 1 but John Lyras had an unfortunate start to his Korn Ferry Tour career, disqualified after a rules infraction on his first hole.

Believing his approach shot to the 10th green had found a penalty area, Lyras dropped a second ball.

Before he could play that ball, his playing partners found his original ball in play.

He then picked up his second ball and proceeded to play the original when his second was now the ball in play.

“Amazing what happens when you’re super excited and anxious all together,” Lyras said in an Instagram post.“

You make stupid and quick decisions that can cost you so much, everything you worked for.”

Asian Tour Qualifying School (Final Stage) Round 1 draw Springfield Royal Country Club, Thailand 11:20am*         Harrison Crowe, Liu Yanwei, Jesper Kennegard 11:40am          Nathan Barbieri, Jose Toledo, Rikard Karlberg 3:20pm            Julius Kreutzer, Shae Wools-Cobb, Mahbubul Islam 3:40pm            Jin Cheng, Lachlan Barker, Xuewen Luo 3:50pm*          Rakhyun Cho, Natipong Srithong, James Mee 4pm*               Sam Brazel, Harshjeet Singh Sethie, Yuta Sugiura 4:10pm            Hanmil Jung, Filip Lundell, Max Charles

Lake View Resort and Golf Club, Thailand 11am               Toyokazu Fujishima, Gaurav Singh, Andre Lautee 11am*             Wooyoung Cho, Nick Voke (NZ), Tomoharu Otsuki 11:10am          Cao Senshou, Joshua Wirawan, Jake Hughes 11:10am*         Ye Wocheng, Evan Peterson, William Bruyeres 11:20am          Jeff Guan, Sungyeol Kwon, Lin Chuan-tai (a) 11:40am*         Yubin Jang, Douglas Klein, Stefano Mazzoli 12pm               Jakkanat Inmee, Denzel Ieremia (NZ), Minhyeok Yang 3:10pm            Akshay Sharma, Jordan Zunic, Sam Broadhurst 3:10pm*          Christofer Rahm, Liu Enhua, Peter Wilson 3:30pm*          Lawry Flynn, K.P. Lin, Faisal Salhab 3:40pm*          Tirawat Kaewsiribandit, Maverick Antcliff, Mikiya Akutsu 3:50pm            Justin Warren, Bai Zhengkai, Moojin Cho


Qualifying School Section E Grand Prix Golf Club (Composite Cse), Kanchanaburi, Thailand 1          Sungjin Noh                 68-64-70-64—266 T6        Nick Voke (NZ)             67-67-68-66—268 T20      Will Florimo                 72-70-67-64—273 T20      Kevin Chun (NZ)           68-67-70-68—273 T42      Jake McLeod                69-72-66-70—277 T62      Sam Howse (a)             71-69-73—213 T69      Brian Lee (NZ)              72-67-76—215 T80      Stefan Tuionetoa          70-75-73—218 T83      Daniel Park                   77-72-70—219 94        Scott Adams (NZ)         75-74-77—226 97        Darshan Shivalkar (a)    80-81-73—234 WD      Grant Lewis (a) 76-73—149

Qualifying School Section F Phoenix Gold Golf Bangkok (South & West Cse), Bangkok, Thailand 1          Kento Yamawaki           69-66-69-62—266 T15      Jordan Zunic                66-72-71-66—275 T26      Josh Younger               70-68-72-67—277 T36      Doeun An                    67-73-72-70—282 WD      Zach Maxwell               76-71-69—216

PGA TOUR Sony Open Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii 1                  Grayson Murray       69-63-64-67—263 $US1.494 million T30              Cam Davis       62-70-70-69—271 $44,750.83

DP World Tour Dubai Invitational Dubai Creek Resort, Dubai, UAE 1          Tommy Fleetwood       66-69-63-67—265       €387,213.68 T14      Ryan Fox (NZ)              70-70-68-68—276       €33,254.82 T36      Daniel Hillier (NZ)        72-69-73-70—284       €16,399.64

Korn Ferry Tour The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Club, Great Exuma, Bahamas Round 1 scores T3        Rhein Gibson               65 T31      Charlie Hillier (NZ)       70 T52      Brett Drewitt                71 T124    Curtis Luck                   77 129      Dimi Papadatos           80 DQ       John Lyras

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