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.”