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Asian Tour's Final Stage Qualifying begins in Thailand

This year's Victorian Open winner Simon Hawkes looking to take his game internationally (Photo: Henry Peters)
While the rest of the golfing world is digesting their Xmas lunch and considering their options for New Years’ eve, the focus for 17 Australian professionals is well and truly on the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2019 Asian Tour.

The 90-hole event begins today (Boxing Day) at the Lakeview Resort and Golf Club in Hua Hin in Thailand where 242 golfers will seeking one of the cards handed to the leading 35 and ties on Sunday. 

A cut will be made to the leading 140 players at the completion of 36 holes followed by a further cut through 72 holes.

One further round will then be played at the completion of which the leading 35 players and ties will be granted playing rights for the Asian Tour, their actual ranking determined by the finishing positions.

History has shown that the right to play the Asian Tour can potentially lead to the elite of the game and for many Australians this could well be the beginning of a long and successful career in the paid ranks.

The line-up of Australians is an interesting mix of the experienced and inexperienced, some just starting their professional careers while others have been around the professional arena for several years.

Zach Murray - the recent winner of the WA Open as an amateur and now professional - tackles the right to play in Asia.

Of the former, players such as Shae Wools-Cobb, Zach Murray, amateurs George Worrall of the Northern Territory and Victorian Will Heffernan and the highly promising Cameron John will provide an insight into a new wave of young Australians venturing into a career in tournament golf while the considerably more experienced such as Daniel Fox, Rick Kulacz and Peter Wilson are at the other end of the scale looking to resurrect their careers.

Australasian tournament winners, Murray, Wilson, Fox, Simon Hawkes and Jordan Zunic get their chance to play the 2019 Asian Tour which begins in Singapore in mid-January followed by jointly sanctioned events in Perth and New Zealand in February / March and a lengthy schedule beyond.

The full line-up of Australians is Nabil Abdul, Dale Brandt Richards, Daniel Fox, Simon Hawkes, Will Heffernan, Cameron John, Rick Kulacz, Kade McBride, Jack Munro, Jack Murdoch, Zach Murray, Peter Stojanovski, Benjamin Stowe, Peter Wilson, Shae Wools-Cobb, George Worrall and Jordan Zunic. 

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