Kearney pays for late slip at Asian Q-School
Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney suffered a late triple-bogey to end the opening day tied for 67th at the Final Stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand.
The former Walker Cup player and two-time Irish Professional champion (30) opened with a one-under 70 on the A and B courses at the Lakeview Resort and Golf Club in Hua Hin where 242 hopefuls are bidding to finish among the top 35 and ties after 90 holes.
Kearney started on the back nine and while he bogeyed the 12th and 13th, he made six birdies in a mid-round stretch to move into the top 35 on four-under.
While a triple-bogey six at the par-three sixth halted his charge up the leaderboard, he's still just one shot outside the crucial top 35 who will be awarded cards on Sunday.
Six players shot seven-under 64s to lead after the opening round - the Thai-Japanese Kosuke Hamamoto (19), compatriot Kwanchai Tannin, China's Xiao Bowen, Sweden's Christoffer Baumann, Korea's Taewoo Kim and Jaewoong Eom and Japan's Daisuke Yasumoto.
The leading 140 players and ties after today's second round will play a further 36 holes with the top 70 and ties then playing a fifth round.