SINGAPORE  LEADS  WORLD  CUP  GOLF QUALIFYING  CHARGE

KUALA LUMPUR, October 8, 2005 
(STAR) (AP)  Singapore's Mardan Mamat and Lam Chih Bing combined for an eight-under-par 64 in the fourball Thursday to take a first day lead in a four-day World Cup championship qualifier.

Lam contributed one eagle and four birdies, while Mamat, the current Indian Open champion, carded two birdies on the front nine and holed a 12-foot birdie on the par-five 18th at Kuala Lumpur's Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

The Singaporeans have a one shot lead over Finland's Janne Mommo and Ari Savolainen. Teams from Malaysia and the Philippines finished two shots back at 66.

"We have known (each other) and played together since our amateur days, so our relationship for events like this does help a lot," said Mamat.

Myanmar's Kyi Hla Han and Zaw Moe carded a 67, sharing fifth place with Taiwanese duo Wang Ter-chang and Chang Tse-peng, three off the lead.

Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng and Thaworn Wiratchant, the current Asian Tour No. 1, had a disappointing day, producing only a 69 after missing several chances on the difficult greens.

Twelve teams from Asia, the Pacific and Europe, each comprising two players, are competing for two slots at November's 24-nation World Cup in Portugal.

The first and third rounds for the World Cup qualifier use the fourball (best ball) format while the second and final rounds will use the foursomes format (alternate shot).


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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