Heartbreak for Lester at Asian Tour Q School Final Stage

Mark McGowan
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Rowan Lester (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Hermitage’s Rowan Lester suffered Asian Q School heartbreak after a final round 74 saw the Irishman fall two strokes shy of the magic number.

After posting three consecutive rounds of 71, Lester was inside the projected qualification spots leading into the final round, but bogeys at the par-4 third, par-5 sixth and par-5 ninth left considerable ground to be made up.

Impressively, Lester bounced back with a birdie at the 10th, and followed with two more at the 13th and 14th to roar back into contention, but unfortunately, a bogey at the par-4 16th proved costly and he went to the last needing birdie to have any chance of qualifying. The resulting bogey ensured that it would be a heart-breaking end to what had been a such a promising week for the Dubliner.

Tullamore’s Stuart Grehan and Kerry’s Michael Young had failed to make the 54-hole cut, and Lester’s near-miss ensured that it would be a fruitless week for the Irish challenge.

Thailand’s Chonjarern Baramithanaseth topped the qualifiers with his final round 68 giving him a 14-under total for the week.

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