Lester maintains position in top-20 ahead of Asian Q-School final round

Ronan MacNamara

Rowan Lester (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Rowan Lester has been solid, unspectacular but consistent in the opening three rounds of First Stage (Section B) of Asian Tour Q.

The Hermitage man remains in 19th place after a hat trick of one-under 71s at Blue Canyon Country Club. His three-under total is seven shots adrift of joint leaders Chonjarern Baramithanaseth and Vanchai Luangnitikul.

Lester opened with a birdie before stumbling to a double-bogey six on the par-4 8th. He responded instantly with a birdie on the ninth to turn as he started on two-under-par.


After six straight pars to open his back nine, Lester finished with a birdie, bogey, birdie stretch to keep his hopes of making the Final Stage alive.

Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan shot an encouraging round of 68 to move to five-over, but unfortunately it was not enough to keep his card hopes alive as he missed the final round cut by the minimum.

Having bogeyed the fourth, the 29-year-old strung together four birdies to shoot up the leaderboard but ultimately he came up a shot shy.

Kerry’s Michael Young also bowed out on seven-over.

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