Date: February 27, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Aussie trio hunt British Open berth in Thailand

Australians Scott Hend, Darren Beck and Tim Stewart are chasing a place at this year&aposs Open Championship at Muirfield at International Final Qualifying Asia which gets underway this week at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand. Beck arrives at Amata Spring on the back of a fourth place finish at the Myanmar Open while Hend is coming off one of his best years on the Asian Tour in 2012 which included winning the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic among five Top 10 finishes for the year. Chinese amateur prodigy Guan Tianlang is also part of a strong field bidding for a place in The Open. The 14 year-old is aiming to secure a place in his second Major Championship at The Open, which takes place from 14-21 July, after qualifying for the Masters Tournament in April. I have played at some professional golf tournaments before and it is always great to play with the professional golfers. I can learn so much from them and the experience of playing at the professional events. So I am looking forward to IFQ-Asia, said Guan. Two-time Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion, Hideki Matsuyama who became the first Japanese amateur to play in the Masters Tournament in 2011. Matsuyama is part of a strong Japanese contingent which includes Kodai Ichihara, who qualified from IFQ-Asia last year to play in The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Yuta Ikeda, who played in The Open at Royal St George s in 2011, last year s Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open champion Masanori Kobayashi and Masamichi Ito, who turned professional in December and was last year s Faldo Series Asia Champion. Click Here to follow Score Updates