Kaohiung, Taiwan hosted the 2015 Asian Open January 17th and 18th. A Tier-B PDGA tournament, the Asian Open had seventy players with twenty-eight having player numbers below 10000. A surprising distribution. I'd like to know how all those players got registered in order, and what has kept them playing together over time. At present, its another reminder that this sport is a global initiative.
Competition in the Open and Women's division was tight, with only one throw separating the winners from second place. Manabu Kajiyama (8139) from Fukuoka, Japan unofficially threw 1025 disc golf over three rounds and two shortened cut-down rounds to win the event over Whittier, California's Bobby Musick (15911). Kajiyama ended up -18 for the tournament. Yaki Fukuhara (8200) from Komaki, Japan bested Taiwan's own and spry newcomer Chia-fan Chen (43610) by one shot to win the Women's.
In a rather large field of Grandmasters, including Jeff Kennedy (1447) from Las Vegas, Nevada; Kazuo Shirai (6075) from Tokyo out shot Tochigi, Japan's Atsuhito Kawasaki (6671) by three strokes, finishing -6.
Here are some of the player numbers below 10000 from the 2015 Asian Open:
|Jeff Kennedy||1447||Mac Hsiao||8710|
|Hiroshi Yokota||3614||Jen Tong Chen||8712|
|Kazuo Shirai||6075||Gou Gi Lu||8713|
|Mark Molnar||6409||Shyi Jou Tseng||8714|
|Atsuhito Kawasaki||6671||Hung Jun Lin||8715|
|Yasuo Sakurai||8105||Shin Zou Chen||8716|
|Eiji Kaneko||8130||Bee Fa Chen||8717|
|Manabu Kajiyama||8139||Chi Chin Wang||8718|
|Kazuhiko Gomibuchi||8190||Song Hwa Huang||8719|
|Yuki Fukuhara||8200||Richard Tang||8720|
|Stanny Lee||8702||Kang Hsung Chen||8721|
|Vincent Chang||8703||Michael Hu||8723|
|Song Lin Teng||8704||Chia Kou Fan||8732|
|Robert Lu||8709||Randy Yu||8738|
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