Shaun has Asian card in sight

SA Open Championship: Round 1Shaun Norris reached the halfway mark of final stage Asian Tour Qualifying School tied for 12th and looking completely ready to claim on of the fourty membership cards on offer.

The two-time Sunshine Tour winner carded 70 on day two in Thailand and led the South African hopefuls alongside Keith Horne. Both players finished 36 holes on a five-under-par total.

Norris shot 68 during the first round and backed it up with a solid 70 on Thursday. He’s six shots off the lead, but this week in Thailand is about making the top 40. The Pretoria local’s 12 years on the Sunshine Tour will provide valuable maturity as he looks to consolidate over the coming two days.

Andrew Curlewis will need to do some work if he wants to finish within the top 40. He currently shares 36th place on two-under after shooting 69.

A further stroke adrift was Jaco Ahlers, who’ll use his recent victory at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open as an anchor to his campaign for Asian Tour glory.

Joining Ahlers in a share of 52 place was Wallie Coetsee, who ended a 17-year title drought at the Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open last year.

It’s a big week for the South Africans competing in Thailand and the experience they’ve gained on the Sunshine Tour will play a big role in the coming rounds.

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