Q-School Tales: Fantastic Five

Tue 02 Dec 2014

Q-School Tales: Fantastic Five

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December 3: The Asian Tour Qualifying School is arguably the toughest hurdle for any professional golfer.
But when you do overcome the barrier, the rewards are immense – just ask Cameron Smith of Australia, Lionel Weber of France, Paul Peterson of the United States, Wang Jeung-hun of Korea and Australian Kalem Richardson.
The five players had to dig deep to finish inside the top-40 at the Qualifying School in February in Thailand but after battling on the region’s premier Tour for 10 months, they have now secured full playing rights for the new 2015 season.
The 21-year-old Smith is arguably one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour this season. The talented Australian missed only one cut in 11 appearances while capping eight top-10 results.
Lionel Weber of France Lionel Weber of France
He currently sits in fourth position on the Order of Merit with earnings of US$427,476 with his biggest pay cheque coming at the CIMB Classic, an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour, where he finished tied fifth to win US$266,000.
“I was optimistic at the start of the year but it would really become a realistic goal when the season progressed and I played better and better. To be here and to be playing is really exciting for me,” said Smith.
Playing in his second year on the Asian Tour, Frenchman Weber claimed his best result on the Asian Tour at the Resorts World Manila Masters two weeks ago which came with a cool prize of US$110,000.
Ranked 20th on the Order of Merit, Weber is delighted he can play without any pressure and just enjoy the game.
“It’s not the same game anymore. You kind of get rid of the pressure. We play golf because we enjoy the game. If you get the pressure, you won’t play well. I will keep telling myself to just enjoy the game. I will play better,” said Weber.
Australia’s Richardson struggled earlier in the season but hit top form when he secured top-five results at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT and King’s Cup in Thailand. The results were enough to shoot him up to 47th on the Merit rankings with earnings of US$69,527.
“A lot of pressure have been lifted off me now that I’ve secured my card and I just want to go out there and enjoy the next three weeks and climb as high as I can up the Order of Merit,”  said Richardson, who resides in Tasmania.
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