I have just returned from Thailand where I caddied for fellow Pro Tour Golf College Student and good friend Rance de Grussa at the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School. For both of us, it was our first trip to Thailand and for me it was my first look at Q-School.
Most players have to start at First Stage with a small group exempt to the Final Stage such as former Asian Tour Players, Eisenhower Cup competitors and those who have won exemptions through regional feeder tours. With 599 total entries, those not exempt to Final Stage are allocated to 1 of 4 courses for the First Stage.
As a result of going to Q-School, he will now get a few starts on the Asian Development Tour; a Nationwide/Challenge Tour style development tour where the top 3 on the year end Order of Merit receive an Asian Tour card for next year.
*Special thanks to James Bates - Pro Tour Golf College student for compiling this report on the 2012 Asian Tour Qualifying School