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Asian Tour announces 2014 Qualifying School dates

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The Asian Tour has announced the dates for its 2014 Qualifying School, which will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand from late January till mid-February next year. Sponsored by the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Qualifying School will be held over two stages, the First Stage and Final Stage.

The First Stage will be held over two sections, with Section A to be held at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Royal Thai Army Sports Center, Suan Son Pradipat from January 29 to February 1. Section B will be staged over three courses - the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club, Springfield Royal Country Club and Royal Thai Army Sports Center - from February 5 to 8.

The all-important Final Stage, where players will fight for top-40 finishes to earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour in 2014, will be held at the Springfield Royal Country Club and Imperial Lakeview Golf Club from February 12-15.

Players who wish to receive the 2014 Qualifying School Entry Form should write to Q-School2014@asiantour.com. The form will also be made available on www.asiantour.com in due course. Closing date for entries is January 8, 2014.

Officials said players can expect to enjoy the opportunity to play in between 26 to 28 Asian Tour tournaments next year.

With golf returning into the Olympic programme in 2016, the Asian Tour will also provide the best opportunities to collect Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points which will be used to determine the 60-man field in Rio De Janeiro.

Players who compete in the 2014 Qualifying School will also be eligible to play on the region’s secondary circuit, the Asian Development Tour (ADT), which has grown into a record 15-tournament Schedule in what is only its third season this year. Since the start of 2013, the ADT also receives world ranking points which is a huge boost for the development of the game in Asia.

Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “The strong turnout of players at the Tour’s Qualifying School over the years is a strong testament towards the Asian Tour’s stature in world golf and it shows that players from all over the world view the Asian Tour as the main destination in the region to build their careers.

“Through our full membership in the International Federation of PGA Tours and as the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, we will endeavor to deliver playing opportunities for players to enhance their careers in Asia and their chances to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.”