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Seven Australasians advance to Japan Tour final qualifying

Michael Sim's brilliant final round saved his Japan Tour hopes (Photo: PGA Australia)
Seven Australasians have advanced to the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2019 Japan Golf Tour.

Andrew Evans, Neven Basic, Michael Sim, Scott Arnold, Dylan Perry, Callan O’Reilly and New Zealander Harry Bateman have survived the third stage of qualifying at their respective venues over the last few days and now get their chance to tackle the Final Stage in early December.

Dylan, one of Australia's leading amateurs in recent times, is still an amateur but is expected to turn professional for next week’s NSW Open at Twin Creeks in Sydney’s west.

Basic and Evans have had Japan Tour status previously but for all seven the opportunity to play on the Japan Golf Tour in 2019 could well be career changing should they succeed at the Final Stage.

Sim, the current Queensland Open Champion, was unable to defend that title this week as he looks to get his career headed in the right direction. He was up against it heading into the final round this week but a round of 65 (the equal best of the day) moved him from outside the qualifying mark to finish 10th.

Arnold, a former Australian Amateur Champion, has battled away on the Australasian and European Challenge Tours in recent years with little to show for his efforts but clearly he is a player good enough to do well and if he can secure a card at the Final Stage then this might well be the opportunity he has been looking for.  

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