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Indian teenager Arjun Prasad impresses on Opening Day of Asian Tour Qualifying School

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American William Cannon fired his way to the top with a sparking eight-under-par 64 to lead the class with Australia’s Todd Sinnot after the opening round of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand on Wednesday.

17-year-old Indian amateur Arjun Prasad produced another near-flawless performance with a 66 that would bring him closer to making his professional debut on the Asian Tour. The young Indian, who counts Asian Tour honorary member Jeev Milkha Singh as his role model, has been in scintillating form, having claimed a remarkable come-from-behind victory in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China last year.

Prasad shared, "It’s a good morale booster for me. I played some solid golf today and didn’t make too much mistakes. I followed my game plan closely."

The youngster though is struggling a bit both physically and mentally from the strain. He shared, "This is my second week in Thailand and it’s getting pretty tiring already. My high school exams are next week and I’m making a big sacrifice by being here."

Speaking though about what drives him on Prasad said, "I’ve been playing golf for the last eight years and I won the Faldo Series Asia Grand Finals in China last year. My golf career has been good so far. I planning to turn professional if I can earn my Asian Tour card this week. I always look up to Jeev Sir as my inspiration from the very start. He has been a great role model and I hope to emulate his success one day.

Australia’s Jack Wilson, who topped the class after the first stage to progress into this week’s ultimate test, gave another eye-catching performance when he signed for a 70 while Korean-American Sejun Yoon, who like Wilson had earlier emerged as the leader after the first stage, struggled to find that similar form when he returned with a 71 at the Suvarnabhumi Golf and Country Club.