OneAsia, High 1 Resort Open, Mathew Griffin Wins.

Matthew Griffin

Mathew Griffin

Aussie Matthew Griffin notched up the biggest win of his professional career here on Sunday with a one-stroke victory at the 2012 Charity High1 Resort Open in Korea’s Gangwon-do province. Matt held on to his lead in the final round with an even-par 72 that gave him a -9 under par under total, and the winner’s cheque of around U.S. $178,000.

Kang Kyung-nam,  with a final round of 68,  and Park Sang-Hyun with 71, both of Korea, pushed Mathew  all the way around the hilly 7,148 yard High1 Resort Country Club course, which at  3,730 feet is the highest golf course in Korea.

Mathew said of his victory;

” I am really, really thrilled, this is what I have worked for all my life, so it is absolutely amazing to finally get there. This is immense, it gives me a lot of security and it also repays the faith that my supporters and sponsors have shown in me over the years.”

Park Sang-Hyun rued a missed chance of victory;

” Very disappointed, that’s the only thing I feel right now. I sort of think that somehow I was meant to be second in this tournament.”

The win here at the  High1 Resort Open  propels Mathew up the OneAsia Order of Merit and gives him a two year exemption, but equally gives him  the confidence boost he needed to go and tackle Q-School on the U.S. PGA Tour at the end of the year.

OneAsia, High1 Resort Open, Matthew Griffin Leads

 

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Mathew Griffin

 

Mathew Griffin of Australia leads the OneAsia High 1 Resort Open after the third round with a -2 under par 69, for a tournament total of -9 under par. Mathew now has a two shot lead going into the final round, and is in pole position. PARK, Sang-hyun is alone in second place with a score of -7 under par. Tied in third place at -6 under par are KIM Bi-o and Aaron Townsend.

The tournament organizers decided to shorten the 10th hole at the 2012 CharityHigh1 Resort Open on Saturday when fog and low cloud threatened to play havoc with the third round.  The hole was shortened to a 135-yard par three when fog kept swirling through the original 10th teeing area, which prevented players from seeing the fairway. The course card was changed from a par 72, to 71 for the third round.

One Asia Tour, High 1 Resort Open.American Jason Kang Leads.

 

Jason Kang

Jason Kang

 American Jason Kang made the best of his One Asia invitation on Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the 2012 Charity High1 Resort Open, firing a -6 under-par 66 that left him a shot clear of Australian Matthew Griffin and Korean Kim Bong-jin.

Jason finished 20th at One Asia Q-School in January and is playing this week courtesy of a One Asia Tour invitation, he said of his opening round;

” It was a patient round, the putts rolled in so it was a pretty good round. I’m pretty pleased with the effort. I practiced pretty hard and worked on my game a lot before coming here. I have a game plan and I’m just going to stick with it. Let’s see where that puts me.”

Mathew Griffin had his most lucrative year on tour in 2010 when four top-ten finishes in a row saw him end the season in seventh place on the Order of Merit. Mathew also put his good performance down to practice;

“It’s great to get off to a good round and being bogey-free is that much nicer, the game has been coming along very nicely. Hopefully I’ll get a win soon.”

Kim Bong-jin, who is sponsored by the tournament hosts, shared second place with Mathew, and is seeking his first tournament win.

He said he tried hard today;

” I tried very hard today because we are playing at High1 and they are big supporters.”

The tournament favorite, Kim Bi-o, winner of two events on OneAsia this year and the Order of Merit leader, finished level par for the day following his return to the tour after a spell in the United States.

Grant Fox of New Zealand  can claim to have won two National Open titles in his first year as a professional, the Fiji Open and Tahiti International Open, two South Pacific tropical paradises where he could combine professional golf with his love of surfing. Grant  made his first start on OneAsia on Thursday at the Charity High1 Resort Open  Gangwon-do province.

” It has been a fantastic start, I’m really enjoying life as a professional.”