2016 Q-School dates & venues announced

Tue 06 Oct 2015

2016 Q-School dates & venues announced

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Sentosa, Singapore, October 6: Aspiring professionals will have the opportunity to earn their Asian Tour cards when the 2016 Qualifying School returns to Thailand over a two-week run next January.
The Qualifying School will be held over two stages – the First Stage and Final Stage – where the top-40 finishers and ties will subsequently earn playing rights on the region’s premier Tour in 2016.
The First Stage will be conducted at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Springfield Royal Country Club in Hua Hin from January 6 to 9, 2016.
Both venues will also host the all-important Final Stage from January 13 to 16 where players will fight for top-40 finishes.
Players who wish to receive the 2016 Qualifying School Entry Form should email to Q-School2016@asiantour.com.
The Entry Form can also be downloaded from the home page of www.asiantour.com
Closing date for entries is December 16, 2015.
Players who compete in the 2016 Qualifying School will also be eligible to play on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), which is the pathway to the Asian Tour.
The ADT also offers Official World Golf Ranking points, which is regarded as a huge boost for the development of the game in Asia and also for Asian players fighting to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2016.
Over the years, the Asian Tour Qualifying School has proven to be the springboard for success for many of the region’s biggest names such as Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee who is a three-time Order of Merit champion, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Asia’s number one in 2013.
Korea’s Seungyul Noh, who won the Merit list in 2010, also came through the grueling test at Qualifying School in 2008.
Other graduates who have gone on to become Tour champions include Korea’s Charlie Wi, India’s Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal, England’s Simon Dyson, Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Malaysia’s Ben Leong, Australian Scott Hend and Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg and Berry Henson of the United States.
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said the 2016 Qualifying School will provide entrants with a stiff test and is expecting another strong turnout in Thailand.
“We expect a strong response from international and regional golfers for our 2016 Qualifying School as players will vie for playing opportunities on the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour.
“Historically, the Qualifying School has provided the pathway for aspiring golfers to become champions on the Asian Tour and beyond. We look forward to welcoming many more of such talents at our Qualifying School next January,” said Han.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.