Kodai Ichihara leads qualifying tourney

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Japan's Kodai Ichihara shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the International qualifying tournament for the British Open.

The 28-year-old Ichihara had seven birdies in a bogey-free round Thursday at Amata Spring Country Club.

India's Shiv Kapur, Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh and South Korean Lee Sung were a stroke behind at 6 under.

The top four finishers in the two-round Asian event will earn spots for the British Open at Royal St. George's.