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Australasians last chance at European Tour Stage One Qualifying

Brady Watt was leading amateur at the 2013 Australian Open (pictured above) and has a big opportunity this week. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Several more Australians and New Zealanders get their chance to graduate to round two of the 2018 European Tour’s Qualifying School when they tee it up at one of the last Stage One venues tonight.

Frilford Heath in Abingdon in England will see Australians Travis Smyth, Brady Watt and Harrison Endycott join New Zealander Thomas Campbell in their quest to graduate to the Second Stage at four venues in Spain in early November ahead of the Final Stage the following week in that country.

Wollongong’s Travis Smyth won the Northern Territory PGA Championship in September as an amateur so has the luxury of a place to play when he does decide to turn professional which could be after the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Wellington in three weeks’ time or, if successful there, after starts at next year's US Masters and the Open Championship which are awarded to the champion in Wellington.

Brady Watt is a former US Amateur quarter finalist from Western Australia, a runner-up at the Western Australian Open and the leading amateur at the 2013 Australian Open as an amateur. He has failed to reach similar heights as a professional and has played in South America in the last two years.

Harrison Endycott has been a successful amateur and although his form in amateur events in the US this season has been below his best, he is a talented golfer with a win at last year's Porter Cup in the US and a host of domestic titles already behind him.

The quartet will be attempting to join five other Australasians who have graduated to the Final Stage via earlier Stage One qualifying, namely Jack Munro, Jake McLeod, reigning Vic Open and WA PGA champion Dimi Papdatos, Jordan Junic and New Zealander Luke Toomey.  

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

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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