Friday January 4, 2013
Record entries for Asian Tour Qualifying School
KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Tour Qualifying School has attracted an all-time high of 761 entries from players across the globe vying for playing rights on the Asian Tour this season.
The Tour hopefuls come from over 30 countries, with Japan contributing the highest number of golfers – 129. This is followed by South Korea (121), Australia (77), the United States (67), Thailand (56) and Taiwan (52).
A total of 605 players will tee up for the First Stage – Section A and Section B – which will be played over the next two weeks in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Section A will be held at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club, Royal Thai Army Sports Centre and Banyan Golf Club from Jan 9-12 and Section B at the Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal Country Club from Jan 16-19.
After four rounds, the top 15% players from each venue will qualify for the all-important Final Stage from Jan 23-26.
A total of 156 players are already exempted into the all-important Final Stage at the Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal where the top-40 finishers and ties will earn their Tour cards for 2013.