Date: October 10, 2010
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Stellar MacManus second at Asian Amateur

Final Scores Golf Australia National Squad member Tarquin MacManus produced four excellent rounds of golf to finish runner-up at the Asian Amateur Championship and secure a berth at International Final Qualifying for the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George s Golf Club. The Cairns local, who is a senior at the University of Arizona, finished with a 2-under par 69 to be at 10-under par for the championship, five strokes behind champion Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) on the West Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo. MacManus opened the championship with a 1-under par 71 and followed that with two consecutive 4-under par 67s before closing with a 2-under par 69 to seal the runner-up place on the leaderboard. Fellow National Squad member Kieran Pratt (VIC) finished in outright sixth place at 3-under par following rounds of 70-68-72-71. South Australian Jordan Sherratt finished in 16th place with rounds of 70-72-72-72 (+2). Jake Higginbottom (NSW) and Luke Bleumink (VIC) finished in 24th and 31st place respectively. Higginbottom had rounds of 68-72-75-76 to finish at 7-over par while Bleumink had rounds of 77-71-71-73 to be a stroke further back at 8-over. Western Australian Matt Jager missed the second round cut. The championship field includes the top male amateur golfers invited from 27 APGC member nations and territories. The Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A created the Asian Amateur Championship in early 2009 to help develop golf in Asia and provide a focal point for the amateur game in an area of the world where the game s growth has unlimited potential. The inaugural tournament was won by Han Chan-won at Mission Hills Golf Club in southern China. The champion receives a place in the following year s Masters Tournament and, along with the runner(s)-up, a berth in International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship in the next year.