Published on December 30, 2018

Truslow is the First in Class at Asian Tour Qualifying School

Austen Truslow of the USA  during the final round of the final stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School at the Lakeview Resort and Golf Club, Thailand. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Austen Truslow of the United States topped the class when he signed off his marathon week with a closing six-under-par 65 to secure his Tour card at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage on Sunday.

Truslow was also the leading player to progress from the first stage last week and impressed many with his one-hand dexterity at chipping as he wrapped up his week with a five-day total of 24-under-par 331.

Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul also completed an unforgettable week at the Lakeview Resort and Golf Club as he carded the lowest score of the day with a 61 to finish in second place.

India’s Aadil Bebi, who was the youngest player to tee up in the Final Stage, showed his mental toughness by posting a 63 to end the week tied for ninth.

Despite learning about the loss of a close friend who was involved in a fatal traffic accident at the start of the week, the 17-year-old displayed maturity beyond his years by staying focused to earn his playing rights for the 2019 Asian Tour season.

Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and China’s Jin Cheng will meanwhile give up their amateur status after emerging as the top-35 and ties players to earn their Tour cards after five rounds.

The pair will be hoping to carry forward their distinguished amateur record as they start their early professional careers on the Asian Tour.


Leading scores after round 5 of the The Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage 2019 being played at the par 71, 6888 Yards A&B course (am – denotes amateur):

331 – Austen TRUSLOW (USA) 67-66-69-64-65.

332 – Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 69-68-67-67-61.

333 – Itthipat BURANATANYARAT (THA) 67-67-70-63-66.

334 – Zach MURRAY (AUS) 68-64-67-66-69.

336 – Poom PATTAROPONG (THA) 67-64-68-65-72.

337 – Tomoharu OTSUKI (JPN) 69-65-66-69-68.

338 – Taewoo KIM (KOR) 64-69-72-67-66, Sean KELLY (USA) 65-69-70-66-68.

339 – Aadil BEDI (IND) 67-72-68-69-63, Daisuke YASUMOTO (JPN) 64-73-73-64-65, Mikumu HORIKAWA (JPN) 72-68-64-68-67, Teemu PUTKONEN (FIN) 71-67-69-65-67.

340 – Aman RAJ (IND) 69-64-74-68-65, Sadom KAEWKANJANA (am, THA) 70-67-70-68-65, Ben GEYER (USA) 68-68-67-71-66.

341 – Hongtaek KIM (KOR) 72-69-69-67-64, Chanyoung PARK (KOR) 68-66-73-68-66, Daniel FOX (AUS) 69-65-72-69-66, Clyde MONDILLA (PHI) 71-68-65-68-69, Trevor SIMSBY (USA) 71-67-68-66-69.

342 – Naras LUANGPHETCHARAPORN (THA) 71-68-78-59-66, Chris RODGERS (ENG) 66-68-71-70-67, Kwanchai TANNIN (THA) 64-71-72-67-68, Dookyun WON (KOR) 66-70-73-65-68, Kerry SWEENEY (USA) 68-70-69-67-68, Kosuke HAMAMOTO (THA) 64-71-72-65-70, Matthias JOHANSSON (SWE) 71-66-68-67-70.

343 – Ye Htet AUNG (MYN) 70-71-67-68-67, JIN Cheng (am, CHN) 73-64-71-67-68.