Mizuno Rues Missed Opportunities

Although he wasn't at his best during the week, Hong Kong's Shinichi Mizuno finished in a share of 34th at last month's Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, which was held at Nanshan International Golf Club in Shandong province, China.

Shinichi Mizuno

Mizuno, 20, failed to shoot the scores his ball-striking deserved after missing countless chances on the greens over the four days. Rounds of 74, 76, 75 and 76 over gave him a total of 301 over Nanshan's demanding Garden Course, 20 shots behind Korea's Lee Chang-woo, whose victory earned him a much-coveted berth into next year's Masters Tournament. Hong Kong's other representative, 17-year-old Tiger Lee, agonizingly missed the cut by one stroke despite making birdies at his final two holes.

"Thanks to Brad [Schadewitz, the national coach] my swing felt really good, but I had too many three-putts," said Mizuno, a former West Island School student who now attends Doshisha University in Japan.

Mizuno will now turn his attention to the Nomura Cup, which will be played in Thailand from 14-17 November.

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