OneAsia Tour qualifying begins
BY OneAsia | 30 Jan 2013
Nearly 200 players have signed up for the final stages of OneAsia Q-School to be held in the United States and Malaysia over the next two weeks, with around 20 places up for grabs on the Asia-Pacific’s most lucrative regional tour.
The tournaments will be played at both the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms, in Industry Hills, California, for January 29 – February 1, and at Sutera Harbour Golf Club in Kota Kinabalu from February 5 – 8.
With entries due to close on Monday, January 28, the tournaments will be played at both the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms, in Industry Hills, California, for January 29 – February 1, and at Sutera Harbour Golf Club in Kota Kinabalu from February 5 – 8.
“With our tournaments all offering a minimum purse of around one million dollars, the interest in OneAsia is hardly surprising,” said Sang Y. Chun, OneAsia’s Chairman and Commissioner. "In just four years we have become a major golf brand with international recognition.
“The winners of both Q-Schools are guaranteed starts at all OneAsia’s tournaments in 2013, while those who finish second and third will likely get starts in most events. Positions are then accorded alternatively between the Malaysian and U.S. Q-Schools.
OneAsia’s class of 2012 did particularly well this year, with American Garrett Sapp finishing 14th on the Order of Merit with earnings of nearly $90,000 from six events.
Other Q School graduates who finished in the top 50 and secured their cards for next year include Brazilian Lucas Lee and Jason Kang of the USA. The first event of the 2013 season will be the U.S.$ 1 million Thailand Open from March 14-17.
Most of the Australasians attempting to gain access to the OneAsia Tour will tee it up at Sutera Harbour but Steve Alker and Won Joon Lee are attempting to gain their cards via the US qualifier.
The tournament is fully co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour Organisation with earnings counting for both money lists.Full details and application forms for OneAsia’s Q-School are available on the website here.
OneAsia was founded four years ago by the China Golf Association, the Korea Golf Tour, the Korea Golf Association and the PGA of Australia. It has doubled in size since 2009, and the tour’s elite suite of tournaments now includes the national Opens of Australia, China, Korea and Thailand — as well as numerous other prestigious events.
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