Aspiring professionals ready to make their mark at Q School

Tue 28 Jan 2014

Aspiring professionals ready to make their mark at Q School

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 28: Aspiring professionals from across the globe will embark on their quest to become stars of tomorrow when the Asian Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section A begins on Wednesday.
The First Stage Section A will be held at the Royal Thai Army Sports Center and Imperial Lakeview Golf Club, Royal while the First Stage Section B will be played in the following week at the Royal Thai Army Sports Center, Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal Country Club.
For the First Stage, Japan has the number highest of participants with a total of 94 entries followed by Australia (82), Korea (82), the United States (63), England (41), Thailand (40) and Chinese Taipei (37).
Sweden (19), Singapore (11), Canada (11), Spain (10), the Philippines (10), France (10), Malaysia (10), Finland (8) and New Zealand (8) will also be represented at the Qualifying School.
After four rounds of the First Stage Section A and Section B, the top 15% players from each venue will qualify for the all-important Final Stage from February 12-15.
They will then join players who are already exempted into the Final Stage at the Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal where the top-40 finishers and ties will earn their Tour cards for 2014.
Notable names in Stage One include England’s Peter Richardson, a one-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and Australia’s Mitchell Brown, a former regular on the Asian Tour.
Players from Stage One will have to look no further than Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg and Berry Henson of the United States, who successfully came through the Qualifying School First Stage in 2010 and 2011 respectively before going on to earn their Tour Card and making their breakthroughs on the region’s premier Tour in their rookie year.
Like Karlberg and Henson, the Asian Tour Qualifying School has been the springboard to success for many of the region’s recognisable names.
Newly-crowned 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand was from the class of 2009 and he has been hailed as one of the prominent graduates alongside Thai hero Thongchai Jaidee, who came through the 1999 Qualifying School, and 2010 Order of Merit champion Noh Seung-yul of Korea, who graduated in 2008.
Other Qualifying School graduates who have excelled and gone on to become Tour champions include Korea’s Charlie Wi, India’s Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal, Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Masanori Kobayashi, Australians Scott Hend and Kieran Pratt as well as David Lipsky of the United States.
All Qualifying School entrants will be eligible to compete on the burgeoning Asian Development Tour (ADT), which has become a career pathway for professionals to hone their skills and gain experience before entering the premier Asian Tour.
The ADT, which staged a record 16 tournaments last season, carries Official World Golf Ranking status.
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-Asi an 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour,and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.