De Silva takes early clubhouse lead

An impressive round of 67 in tough conditions has given Malaysia’s Kenneth Christian John De Silva the early clubhouse lead on day one of the third Asian Amateur Championship.

His only dropped shot came at the 5th but he more than compensated with six birdies on a day when the weather conditions took their toll on a lot of promising early scores.

The 20-year-old from Kuala Lumpur will have surprised many with his performance given that he is number 1053 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). Speaking after his round, he said: “I played the best round ever for me and it is a good start. I will try to keep it on for the next three days and I will try to win the trophy.”

Following closely behind is Jake Higginbottom, who posted a bogey free 68. He raced into an early lead going to two under par after six holes and managed to keep the momentum throughout his round, finishing with a biridie four at the last.

Higginbottom said: “I played good. I shot 68 so I’m pretty happy. If I can keep playing the way I am today, I didn’t hole too many putts and probably could have had a few more out there, I should be alright.”

New Zealand’s Ryan Fox recorded a three under par 69 for outright third place with a total of 11 players in the clubhouse under par.