Asian Tour Q-school expands to Australia and Japan
2007 Asian Tour Qualifying School will take on a new dimension with
the expansion of the qualifying process to Australia and Japan.
Under this new initiative following closer cooperation between the
Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organisation and PGA Tour of Australasia,
players who compete in the Qualifying Schools in Japan and Australia
can simultaneously attempt to qualify for the Asian Tour Qualifying
School, Final Stage.
The dates of the Asian Tour Qualifying School have also been brought
forward to December, instead of its traditional dates of January
due to a busy 2007 Asian Tour Schedule.
The First Stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School will be held
over three courses, Pattana Golf & Sports Resort, Phoenix Golf
and Country Club and Plutaluang Golf Course, in Pattaya, Thailand
from December 6-9. The all-important Final Stage, where 40 Tour
cards are at stake, is slated at the Pattana Golf & Sports Resort
and Phoenix Golf and Country Club from December 13-16.
In addition to the First Stage in Thailand, the PGA Tour of Australasia's
First Stage and the Japan Tour's Final Stage of Qualifying Schools
will, for the first time, act as qualifying events for the Asian
Tour's Final Stage.
Asian Tour Chief Executive Louis Martin explained: "Qualifying
School is such a demanding process but through this new development,
we are allowing players in the Qualifying Schools in Australia and
Japan an opportunity to also qualify for our Final Stage at the
same time, without having to play in our First Stage in Thailand.
"This will lessen the burden and costs of having to travel
to the various Tours' Qualifying Schools. I'm sure this decision
will be well received by the players who intend to challenge for
playing rights on the three Tours. We have worked closely together
to ensure that this format works out smoothly."
The number of players who will qualify for the Asian Tour's Final
Stage will not be less than 15% of the competitors entered for the
First Stage in Australia (November 21-24) and the Final Stage in
Japan (November 29-December 4).
The same percentage of 15% applies to the Asian Tour First Stage
"For example, if 100 players at the First Stage in Australia
pay the entry fee for the Asian Tour Qualifying School, then the
top-15 finishers will qualify for our Final Stage," said Martin.
The Asian Tour Final Stage will see a maximum field of 240 players
competing for 40 Tour cards for the 2007 season.
Martin added that the Final Stages in Asia, Australia and Japan
have been scheduled on different dates to avoid a clash, and allow
players the best of three worlds.
Pattana Golf & Sports Resort General Manager Roland Zauner is
looking forward to welcoming the Asian Tour Qualifying School hopefuls.
"We are delighted to host this year's Qualifying School as
it clearly represents a significant fortnight for the development
of professional golf in Asia", said Zauner.
We have recently changed our name to better reflect the extent
of facilities provided and this event offers an excellent opportunity
to promote them to a regional golfing audience. We are also currently
renovating our greens to TifEagle - the first course on the Eastern
Seaboard to use this revolutionary new turfgrass. Finally, as the
Official Hotel, we greatly look forward to ensuring the players
comfort in our hotel, Mansion and private villas, he added.
August 29, 2006