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Fine start for Al Burshaid and Owen.

BAHRAIN'S Daniel Owen and Dhari Al Burshaid had respectable opening rounds yesterday in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final being played at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China.

Owen finished tied-31st after carding a six-over-par 78 total over the first 18 holes. Al Burshaid, on the other hand, had a 22-over 94 and was tied-77th on the standings.

The pair are the lone representatives of the kingdom in the tournament, which will be played over 54 holes.

Twenty-one-year-old Owen is from England but is a long-time resident of Bahrain, while 18-year-old Al Burshaid is a member of Bahrain's junior national team.

Jin Daxing of China leads after day one. A three-under-par 69 put the 18 year-old from Hainan at the top of a leaderboard, which features three Chinese players in the top five.

Seventy-nine golfers from 17 different countries are at Mission Hills for the fifth edition of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final. It is the largest ever line-up for the event.

Six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo launched the Faldo Series in 1996 to provide opportunities through golf and to help develop tomorrow's champions.

Over 35 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in more than 25 countries worldwide with more than 5,000 players per year participating. Former winners include Rory McIlroy, Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, John Parry, Melissa Reid, Florentyna Parker and Yani Tseng, all winners on Tour.

The field for this R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event is divided into five age-groups and the player with the lowest gross score after three rounds of stroke-play, regardless of age or gender, will be crowned champion.

The five age-group winners will be invited to the 15th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland on September 12 to 14, and the leading boy and girl will be invited to play in a professional Tour event.

LEADERS PER AGE GROUP

BOYS UNDER-21: 73 - Abhijit Chadha (IND); 76 - Kenneth De Silva (MAL), Jerome Ng (SIN), Huang Tao (TPE).

BOYS UNDER-18: 69 - Jin Daxing (CHN); 70 - Jack Colegate (ENG); 74 - Mikumu Horikawa (JPN).

BOYS UNDER-16: 70 - Jian Chuanlin (CHN); 72 - Ashbeer Saini (IND); 73 - Masamichi Ito (JPN).

GIRLS UNDER-21: 76 - Liu Yi-Chen (TPE); 77 - Agnes Retno Sudjasmin (INA); 79 - Saraporn Chamchoi (THA).

GIRLS UNDER-16: 73 - Wu Sha (CHN); 76 - Wang Chi (TPE); 77 - Kitty Tam (HKG), Zhang Weiwei (CHN).

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