Australasians gain Japan Tour status

The Japan Golf Tour Qualifying School has been completed with the playing of the final round of six at the Cocopa Resort Club south of Nagoya.

Victorian James McLean finished as the leading Australasian when he recorded a final round of 73 to be in 9th position. McLean, a former University of Minnesota standout while playing collegiate golf in the US, played just three events on the main Japan Golf Tour in 2012 making the cut in each but despite one top ten he did not do enough to avoid Tour School.

The ranking he has now however will ensure he gets to play a full schedule in 2013.

Queenslander Ryan Haller finished in 12th position after he too recorded a final round of 73 in difficult conditions. Haller has had status previously on the Japan Golf Tour. although only limited. when he played the Tour in 2008.

New Zealander Mike Hendry closed the event strongly to finish in 26th position and will earn virtually full status for 2013, Adam Bland finished 41st, Scott Hend 45th, Aaron Townsend 46th, Richard Tate 51st, Paul Spargo 58th, Paul Sheehan 64th and Scott Barr 95th.

Bland's final round of 75 will prove costly given he finished in 41st position.

The leading 40 players are assured plenty of starts in 2013 but from that point down they get less and less.


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Bruce Young
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A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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