Home player Yosuke Asaji holds a one shot lead in the Asian Amateur Championship after an opening 67 at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan.

Asaji returned four birdies and no bogeys in an impeccable first round over Kasumigaseki’s excellent, Selichi Inoue designed, West Course. The young Japanese player leads from a group of four men composed of his: countryman Hideki Matsuyama, Australian Jake Higginbottom and the early pace-setters from Korea, Jae-Hyeok Lee and Il-Hwan Park.

The South Korean pair played in the morning session and both were satisfied with their early work. “I am pleased,” said Lee. “There is a long way to go, but it is a good start.” Park was quick to point out how significant a good performance in this event could be with the winner given an invitation to the 2011 Masters and the first and second-placed finishers earning a spot in International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship. “This tournament gives me a chance to make my dreams come true, so I really want to do well,” he said.