The Final Stage of Australasian Qualifying School starts today at Moonah Links on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula with all four rounds being played on the Open Course, which hosted the men's Australian Open in 2003 and 2005.
76 players will tee it up with the top 40 earning at least some Category 16 status while the top 5 players will be virtually assured of entry into all PGA Tour of Australasia events for 2019.
Among the competitors is one of Australian golf’s great characters, Jack Wilson.
Last weekend the Victorian proved once again that he possesses a significant game with an historic win at the RACV Healesville Pro-Am in Victoria.
Wilson’s winning round of 58 was perhaps flattered by the fact that the redesigned layout carries a par of 68 and measures only 4800 metres but to record a round of 10 under ahead of the examination he faces over 72 holes this week is a great boost for the 28-year-old.
That his round included two bogeys in addition to ten birdies and an eagle adds further to the achievement and comes at just the right time ahead of his visit to Q-School.
Wilson is looking to regain the sort of form that has seen him win the WA PGA and finish 3rd behind Adam Scott at the Australian PGA Championship earlier in his career.
The field at Moonah Links consists of an interesting mix of experienced and inexperienced players in the professional ranks.
Nathan Green, who won the Canadian and New Zealand Opens during his earlier career, will tee it up as the most credentialed of those chasing status.
Last year, Aaron Townsend, a winner of several Tier 2 titles in Australian golf, led the qualifiers at the Final Stage but he has struggled in both Japan and Australasia this year and now finds himself without status on either tour.
Recently turned professionals and high-class amateurs, Dylan Perry and Shae Wools Cobb, get their chance to play their home tour, Perry having already secured Japan Tour status for 2019 just a week or two ago.
Other notables in the field include Asian Tour winner Kieran Pratt, rookie pro Douglas Klein and reigning PGA Professionals champion Scott Laycock.
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