SWEDEN’S Malcolm Kokocinski and Japan’s Ryoma Miki both score one-under 71 to share the lead at the start of the 2014 ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Qualifying School for foreign players on Tuesday at Eagle Ridge’s Aoki Course in Gen. Trias, Cavite.
Kokocinski, an Asian Development Tour campaigner, put on an impressive start of 34 but bogeyed two of the last six against another birdie, enabling Miki to gain a piece of the lead with nines of 35-36.
Norman de la Peña of the US, Manila-based Canadian Rick Gibson and Eric Mina of the were tied for third at 72 in the 72-hole elimination tournament offering 20 slots in this year’s ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour.
CJ Stjarnfalt, also of Sweden, scored a 74 and was alone in sixth place, while Yuto Katsuragawa of Japan and Korean Kim Chang Hoi had 75s for joint seventh.
Mark Varela of Australia and Korea’s Park JS shot 76s for joint ninth, while Koreans Lim Joon Soon, Cho Phil Hyu and Park Kyoung Chun scored 77s.
The organizing Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. has put up a separate qualifier for foreigners to accommodate the big number of players seeking berths in the pro tour following the breakthrough win by Japanese Toru Nakajima in the last leg at Wack Wack last year.
Nakajima placed joint second in last year’s combined Q-School for local and foreign aspirants topped by Dutchman Guido Van der Valk.
The 2014 season of the tour sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. opens in March and will feature a record 18 legs, including four P3.5 million events.
Kim Sun Woong, Park Gyuha, Lee Geun Woo and Cho Byung Kyu of Korea carded 78s, while Mun Jae Hyung shot a 79. Bong Jin Ho and Seok Jin Ho, also of Korea, made 80s for joint 19th place.