Three Qualifying Tournaments announced ahead of 2018 season
December 05, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- The clubhouse at Mission Hills Golf Club in Haikou, China.
BEIJING, CHINA — PGA TOUR Series-China will hold three Qualifying Tournaments in advance of the 2018 Regular Season, the TOUR announced Tuesday. The Qualifying Tournaments, two for international players not from China and a Qualifying Tournament strictly for players from Mainland China, are set for January, February and March, with the beginning of the Regular Season anticipated to begin in mid-March.
The two International Qualifying Tournaments will be at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Haikou. The specific host site at Mission Hills’ 10 courses will be announced later. The first Qualifying Tournament is January 29-February 4 followed by the second Qualifying Tournament February 5-11. The Mainland China Qualifying Tournament is set for February 26-March 2 at a still-to-be-determined site.
The application to enter PGA TOUR-China Qualifying Tournaments will be open to players at PGATOURSERIESCHINA.COM on December 6, 2017. Entry fees will once again be ¥ 9,000 or U.S. $1,350.
At the two International Qualifying Tournaments, the field size will be 120 players. The low-15 finishers during the 72-hole tournament will receive full exemptions on 2018 PGA TOUR Series-China, while the next 25 finishers will be conditionally exempt.
“The Qualifying Tournaments are always enjoyable because it is at these events where we identify the next crop of players who will have success on PGA TOUR Series-China. In many cases, this is our first look at very skilled players who go on to have significant success in China,” said PGA TOUR Series-China Managing Director Greg Carlson. “These Qualifying Tournaments very much look like our Regular Season events, with 72 holes of play on challenging golf courses. These tests of golf go a long way in finding our new batch of up-and-coming players.”
Mission Hills Golf Club is no stranger to PGA TOUR-China tournament play. In 2014, the club’s Sandbelt Trails Course hosted the inaugural PGA TOUR-China tournament, the Mission Hills Haikou Open, won by South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, the European Tour’s 2016 Rookie of the Year. Prior to that tournament, the Sandbelt Trails Course was the site of the first International Qualifying Tournament, won by Australia’s Alex Hawley. In 2015, PGA TOUR Series-China again returned to Mission Hills, its season beginning at the Sandbelt Trails Course. Josh Geary took home the Buick Open title, the first of three wins the New Zealander enjoyed in 2015.
“Mission Hills is a terrific golf facility, with tremendous courses and excellent practice areas. It’s a world-class venue. We always enjoy returning to a place that has played such an important part of our history,” Carlson added.
Mission Hills Golf Club in Haikou is home to 10 golf courses. Brian Curley of Schmidt-Curley designed all 10 courses at Mission Hills Haikou.
The full 2018 PGA TOUR Series-China schedule will be announced in early 2018.