Smith & Higginbottom open well at Asian

Jake Higginbottom and Cameron Smith fired opening rounds of 4-under-par, 68, to be three behind leader, South Korea's Soo-min Lee, and in a tie for third position at the Asian Amateur Championship in Singapore.

Higginbottom, ranked 35th in the world and Australia's forth ranked amateur, carded a bogey free round at The Singapore Island Country Club, with four birdies adding to his sub-par round. Smith, ranked 30th in the world and Australia's number three ranked amateur carded a single bogey and five birdies in his round

Soo-min Lee finished the day on seven-under with a score of 65. The seventeen year-old Korean carded round that included six birdies and an outstanding eagle on the ninth hole to see the world number 667th on top the 119 player invitational field.

Last year's winner and Masters Silver Cup winner, Hideki Matsuyama from Japan led the following pack for second place with a five-under-par opening round. Matsuyama is with Kenneth Christian and John De Silva from Malaysia, Ian Andrew from Indonesia and Ben Campbell from New Zealand in a tie for second position.

Matt Steiger opened with a 2-under-par 70 to be in a tie for 11th position, with US based Aussie, Matthew Smith, carding a opening 1-over-par, 73 to be currently in a tie for 34th position.

Luke Humphries and Brad Moules are further down the leader board after Humphries carded an opening 75 and Moules managed a disappointing 6-over-par 78.

With the cut projected to be plus 4, the two Aussies will need solid second rounds.

The day was marred by an electrical storm that moved in to force an hour's suspension. Singapore is hosting the competition for the first time, and it has attracted the largest field in this competition so far with 120 golfers participating. To the victor go the spoils, namely an invitation to play next year's Masters Tournament.

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