Hua Hin, Thailand, 01-02-2014

Karan Taunk qualifies for Final Stage of Asian Tour Qualifying School after second place finish at First Stage Section A

Karan Taunk (72-69-73-72) of India finished tied second at the Asian Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section A and progressed to the Final Stage. Taunk, who hails from Jamshedpur, returned an even-par-72 in the final round to total two-under-286 for the week.

Simon Griffiths of England finished on top with a total of 16-under-272. Griffiths led a total of 10 players from the Royal Thai Army Sports Centre to the Final Stage which will be held at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Springfield Royal Country Club from February 12 to 15.

A total of 32 players from the First Stage Section A made it to the Final Stage.

Taunk shared second position along with American Jeff Rangel, Mathiam Keyser of Russia and Mitchell Brown of Australia.

The First Stage Section B will be played at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club, Royal Thai Army Sports Center and Springfield Royal Country Club next week from February 5-8.

After four rounds, the top 17% players from each venue will qualify for the all-important Final Stage where the top-40 and ties will earn their playing rights on the new 2014 Asian Tour season.

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