Quincy Quek, Lam Zhiqun and Choo Tze Huang relived the battles of their amateur days when they claimed the top three positions in the first round of the $70,000 Goodpack/Singapore Professional Golfers Association President's Cup at Warren Tuesday.
Quek and Lam shared the perch on two-under 69, while Choo finished a lone third on 70 on the challenging and narrow layout at Choa Chu Kang in the final event on the SPGA calendar. Quek, who finished a reasonable 20th at last week's Resorts World Manila Asian Tour event, birdied the second, eighth and 13th holes and suffered a bogey on the 12th.
Lam had a stuttering start with a bogey on the third hole to shoot one over on the way out. But he returned home with a bang, stringing birdies on the 10th, 15th and 17th holes.
Singapore's top pro Mardan Mamat is joint-fourth on 71, with Peter Ang.
Professionals: 69: Quincy Quek, Lam Zhiqun 70: Choo Tze Huang 71: Mardan Mamat, Peter Ang 72: Michael Tran, Poh Eng Wah, Unho Park 73: Scott Barr, Mitchell Slorach 74: M. Murugiah 75: Zaw Moe, Justin Han, Gary Kwek.
B Pros: 77: Nigel Tan. 78: Jessica Ang. 79: Abdul Adil Tajudin.
Seniors: 71: Stuart Holmes. 73: Dino Kwek. 74: Khalid Yusof. 77: Poh Eng Soon. Amateurs: 72: Yash Majmudar. 73: Edgar Oh. 77: Samath Dwivedi
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