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Many Australians face Stage One Asian Tour Qualifying

Scott Hend an example of what the Asian Tour can offer to an Australian (Photo: Asian Tour)
Qualifying for the 2016 Asian Tour begins this Wednesday at four venues in Thailand where nearly 500 hopefuls are entered in Stage One as they look to graduate to the Final Stage which gets under way on January 13th.

The First Stage is played over 72 holes at three venues in Hua Hin to the south and west of Bangkok and one in the north east of Bangkok while the Final Stage is in Hua Hin.

Those making it through to the Final Stage and eventually on to the Asian Tour will potentially have access to not only regular Asian Tour events but those events jointly sanctioned with the European or Japan Tours, opening up further possibilities beyond the Asian Tour.

Around 25 qualifiers are expected to graduate from each of the four venues this week and join those already exempt into the Final Stage, including Australians Jake Higginbottom, Daniel Fox, Rick Kulacz, David Bransdon and Lucas Herbert amongst others.

Of the near 500 players entered for Stage One, 51 are Australians including South Australia’s former PGA Tour player David Lutterus and recent NSW PGA Champion Jarryd Felton.

The fixed cost of playing the Asian Tour Qualifying for an Australian is some A$2,600 plus expenses for the two weeks should they make it that far so a total cost of around A$6000 is likely for those successful or not.

The Asian Tour has, though, provided a happy hunting ground for Australians in 2015 with Scott Hend finishing 2nd on the money list, Andrew Dodt 3rd, Marcus Fraser 11th and Sam Brazel 13th.   

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