Kuala Lumpur, October 14: The Asian Tour’s 2015 Qualifying School will be held in Thailand over a three-week run in January.

The Qualifying School, sponsored by the Sports Authority of Thailand, will be held over two stages – the First and Final Stage – where the top-40 finishers and ties will earn playing rights on the region’s premier Tour in 2015.

The First Stage will be held over two sections, with Section A to be staged at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club in Hua Hin and Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club in Khon Kaen from January 7 to 10, 2015.

Section B will be held at the Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal Country Club in Hua Hin from January 14 to 17.

The Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal will then host the all-important Final Stage from January 21 to 24 where players will fight for top-40 finishes.

Players who wish to receive the 2015 Qualifying School Entry Form should write to Q-School2015@asiantour.com. The Entry Form is also downloadable from the home page of www.asiantour.com

Closing date for entries is December 11, 2014.

Players who compete in the 2015 Qualifying School will also be eligible to play on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), which is the pathway to the Asian Tour.

Over the years, the Asian Tour has regularly offered in excess of US$40 million in total prize money while the ADT has also grown into a 21-event Schedule in its fifth season this year.

The Asian Tour recently announced new and exciting tournaments in Dubai, Mauritius and Malaysia which will significantly add to the 2015 Schedule.

The ADT also offers Official World Golf Ranking points, which is regarded as a huge boost for the development of the game in Asia and also for Asian players fighting to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2016.

Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “This Asian Tour Qualifying School has long proven to be a breeding ground of champions. Our greatest ever golfer, Thongchai Jaidee, is a Qualifying School graduate while other Order of Merit winners such as Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Noh Seung-yul came through the Qualifying School process and have gone on to enjoy stellar careers on the Asian Tour and abroad.

“In recent seasons, other Qualifying School graduates such as Carlos Pigem, Cameron Smith, Richard T. Lee, Steve Lewton and Paul Peterson have also made the most of their playing rights to enjoy success on the Asian Tour.

“We expect another strong turnout of international and regional players for our 2015 Qualifying School in January as players will be vying for playing opportunities on both the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour.

“I would like to also express our fullest appreciation to the Sports Authority of Thailand for its continued sponsorship of our Qualifying School, which is no doubt one of our most important events held annually.”

All enquiries and entries for Qualifying School should be sent to Q-School2015@asiantour.com.

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