Lahiri, Muniyappa close to 2009 Asian Tour card

January 15th, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Rayong (Thailand), Jan 15 (IANS) Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and C. Muniyappa were close to sealing their full playing rights for the 2009 season, even as three others were within striking distance in the five-round Final Stage at the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School here Thursday. Lahiri and Muniyappa were both one-over 220 at the par-73 layout. While they were tied 33rd, Rahil Gangjee and Amandeep Johl, both at 222, were tied 47th and Firoz Ali (223) was tied 57th.

The top-80 and ties after the fourth round Friday will compete in the all-important fifth round where the top-40 and ties will earn the Asian Tour card and the playing rights for the 2009 season.

Colombia’s Eduardo Herrera grabbed a two stroke clubhouse lead in the third round of the Final Stage at the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand on Thursday.

Herrera, 43, recorded a four-under-par 69 for a 211 total at the St Andrews 2000 course for a two stroke advantage over England’s Ally Mellor who posted a 70.

Compatriot John Parry was even-par after 17 holes before poor visibility due to darkness stopped play at 6:20pm.

Local golfer Sattaya Supupramai shot a 71 and was in a tie for third spot alongside Japan’s Sushi Ishigaki and Matthew Griffin of Australia who both recorded similar 72s. Australia’s Jason Norris was among those in a tie for sixth place after a 75.

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