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Jamie Arnold heads OneAsia Qualifying

(Photo: Bruce Young)
With his brother, Scott, contending at the NZPGA Championship in Auckland, US based Sydney golfer, Jamie Arnold, advanced his cause in his quest for a successful career in professional golf by winning the OneAsia Tour’s Final Qualifying School in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia yesterday.

A final round three-under-par 68, his lowest round of the week at Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club, saw him win by a stroke from Korean Eunho Youm and Mark Baldwin from the United States, who both carded 71.

Youm and Baldwin had started the day sharing the lead with Australian Michael Choi but failed to keep up with 32-year-old Arnold who fired four birdies and dropped one shot.Choi, who returned a 73, and Koreans Hogeon Lee and Jinwoo Park finished three behind the leader in joint fourth.

Lee recorded a 70 and Park a 72.“I am really happy, this will help map out the year,” said Arnold, who finished the tournament one under.

“I stayed patient in difficult conditions. It was windy and the greens were firm. I hit the ball really good and actually missed a lot of putts. I could have been six under.”

Arnold heads back home to Atlanta, Georgia, next where he has lived for the past seven years.“I will play some local events there and get ready for the Volvo China Open on OneAsia at the end of April,” he added.

OneAsia will stage at least nine events this year with the winner of the Qualifying School eligible for all tournaments while players ranked second and third will be exempt for most events.

Players finishing from fourth to 20th spot will be eligible for membership and be exempt for some tournaments.In addition, graduates will gain even greater access to tournament golf in the region following an exciting new tie up with the ASEAN PGA Tour.

The top-15 from the Qualifying School will be eligible to play in four ASEAN PGA events played in Thailand in 2016.

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