2019 Asian Tour Qualifying School returns to Hua Hin

Tue 10 Jul 2018

2019 Asian Tour Qualifying School returns to Hua Hin

  • SHARE

Sentosa, Singapore, July 10: The Asian Tour has announced details for its 2019 Qualifying School, which will be held in Thailand in November and December this year.

The Qualifying School comprises of two stages - the First Qualifying Stage and the Final Qualifying Stage. The Windsor Park & Golf Club continues to host the event, while the Lake View Resort & Golf Club in Hua Hin will return as a host venue for the first time in two years.

The First Qualifying Stage will be played over two different weeks. Players have the option of entering the First Qualifying Stage on the week commencing November 26, or the week commencing December 17. The top-placed players from the First Qualifying Stage will progress to the Final Qualifying Stage.

The Final Qualifying Stage will be held at the Lake View Resort & Golf Club from December 26 to 30. The event will be played over five rounds. The top 70 players (and ties) will play in the pivotal final round, which will be held on December 30. At the conclusion of the Qualifying School, the top-35 players (and ties) will earn their Tour cards for the 2019 season.

Aspiring Qualifying School applicants can either email to Q-School2019@asiantour.com to receive an entry form or download it from  www.asiantour.com/qschool.

The Asian Tour Qualifying School has been the springboard to success for many graduates not only on the Asian Tour but internationally too.

The illustrious alumni include Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Korea’s Noh Seung-yul, United States’ David Lipsky and Australian Scott Hend, who are all Asian Tour Order of Merit champions.

More recently, Australian Todd Sinnott won his maiden Asian Tour title in Myanmar two weeks after finishing second at the 2017 Qualifying School. American John Catlin, who earned his first Tour card via the 2015 Qualifying School, achieved a career breakthrough by capturing the Asia-Pacific Classic title in May and continued his winning run by capturing the Sarawak Championship last week.

Other Qualifying School graduates who have gone on to become champions include recently-crowned Panasonic Swing champion Shiv Kapur, two-time Asian Tour winner, rising global star Shubhankar Sharma as well as 2017 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year Micah Lauren Shin of the United States.

Graduates from the 2018 Qualifying School have benefited from the numerous playing opportunities on the Asian Tour this year, as more than 32 events have been planned on the growing schedule, including 15 full-field tournaments.

In addition, players who played in the Qualifying School are eligible to compete on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) which is the feeder circuit to the main Tour. The ADT, which offers Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) point, will sanction more than 22 events in 2018 with the leading seven players on the final ADT Order of Merit earning their Asian Tour card.

Asian Tour Chief Operating Officer, Cho Minn Thant said: “With the Asian Tour growing from strength to strength, we are expecting an enthusiastic response from international and regional golfers for the 2019 Qualifying School.”

“Evident from the success of its graduates, the Qualifying School has provided the ultimate platform for golfers to become champions both on the Asian Tour and the international stage. We look forward to welcoming more talented golfers to the Tour at our Qualifying School this December.”

Ends.

About 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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.