Casper Loh, a 15-year-old amateur playing on his home course Sabah Golf & Country Club in Kota Kinabalu, took the lead in the first round of the fifth leg of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Development Qualifying School Circuit today.

In an event that had its dates unexpectedly changed from May 2-4 to May 1-3 and reduced to just two players, the PGM Tour’s feeder circuit tournament saw Casper card a commendable one-under-par 71.

That effort was four strokes better than another amateur Mohd Firdaus Ibnu, who came home with a three-over 75.

Speaking of his round, Casper said he was “let down by a cold putter” but otherwise played well.

“I hit the ball well today,” he said. “But my putting was not that good.

“I three-putted the first hole, which led to a bogey.”

That blemish was the only blunder on a card that also featured two birdies on the back nine.

“I managed a birdie on the par-4 11th hole and then another on the par-3 17th, he said, adding that this round of 71 was his best yet in his fledging career.  “And in between, I had pars, which was good.”

The three-day event that carries prize money worth RM15,000, ends on Sunday.

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