Thailand, January 6: A total of 111 players have successfully advanced to the final stage of the 2018 Asian Tour Qualifying School following the fourth and final round of the first stage held over four different courses in Thailand on Saturday.
They will join 131 other players, who have already been exempted, at the final stage of the Qualifying School which will be played over 90 holes (five rounds) at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club and the St. Andrews 2000 in Rayong from January 10 to 14.
Thailand’s Tawit Polthai topped the field at the Windsor Park and Golf Club in Bangkok after closing with a second straight seven-under-par 64 to win by three shots on 16-under-par 268 total.
The leading 30% of players at each venue will advance to the Final Stage next week and Tawit is one of the 20 players, which include two-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner Oscar Zetterwall of Sweden, to make the mark set at 281 at the Windsor Park and Golf Club.
Australian Josh Younger claimed a wire-to-wire victory at the St. Andrews 2000 after signing for a second consecutive 70. He won by one shot over countryman Dale Brandt-Richards (69) and Korea’s Woojin Jung (69) with a four-day total of 272.
A total of 36 players survived the test at the St. Andrews 2000 after the cut was set at 288.
Over at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club, Seba Saavedra of Argentina emerged top of the class after closing with a flawless 64 highlighted by seven birdies to win by one over Cristobal Del Solar (67) of Chile on 266.
They were amongst the 43 players to progress to the final stage from the Rayong Green Valley Country Club after the cut was set at 287.
At the Silky Oak Country Club in Rayong, American Ben Crancer closed with a 64 to win by one shot on 267. He leads 11 other players to the final stage after the cut was set at 282.
The final stage of the all-important Qualifying School will see a total of 242 players play two rounds before the field is cut to the leading 140 players and ties, who will then play another two rounds across the two courses.
After 72 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 70 players and ties who will then proceed to the fifth and final round held at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club. At the conclusion of 90 holes, the top 35 players and ties will be ranked accordingly for the 2018 season.
Players who compete in the 2018 Qualifying School will also be eligible to play on the ADT, which has staged a total of 20 tournaments in 2017. The ADT, launched in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour, will continue to offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points in 2018.
2018 Asian Tour Qualifying School First Stage – Full results