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April 29, 2006

Being deaf is no handicap

From: Electric New Paper - Singapore,Singapore - Apr 29, 2006

Lee enjoys blemish-free round at Maekyung Open

29 April 2006

LOCAL favourite Lee Sung fired a fabulous five-under-par 67 for the joint first-round lead with compatriots Suk Jong-Ryul and Lee In-Woo at the US$600,000 ($1.08 million) Maekyung Open in Seoul yesterday.

Lee, 26, who was born deaf, enjoyed a blemish-free round at Lakeside Country Club with an eagle and three birdies as he bids for a maiden Asian Tour title.

Starting from the 10th hole, he struck birdies on the par-five 11th, the 17th and the sixth before nailing an eagle at his last hole of the day at the par-five ninth.

Currently ranked 28th on the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit, Lee, who earlier this month lost in a play-off for a spot in the British Open, will have to contend with Suk and his namesake, who both produced some solid golf.

Two-time Korean Open champion Kim Dae-Sub, compatriot Lee Seong-Hoon, American Ron Won and Scott Barr of Australia share fourth after matching 68s.

Another local contender Charlie Wi, presently second on the UBS Order of Merit, was among those in tied-eighth place on 69 with India's Amandeep Johl and local veteran Park No Seok.

Malaysia's Iain Steel, meanwhile, struck a hole-in-one at the par three 235-yard 15th hole with a three-iron to win a BMW car. - AFP

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