Aussie Lawson fires at OneAsia Q-School

Australian Deyen Lawson is close to realizing his dream as he moves into the second week of the OneAsia Qualifying School First Stage in Australia.

The promising 19-year-old scored three-under after four rounds, making him the halfway leader of the Aussie stage, but also the top contender for a OneAsia card for the 2011 season.

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OneAsia, the Asia Pacific-based professional tournament destination for elite golfers, commenced its first ever qualifier in the sand belt of Australia this week, with 69 players vying for access to its Final Stage to contest eligibility to the Tour’s 2011 elite schedule.

The two-week First Stage in Australia, held concurrently with the PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School, will continue its run at the Peninsula Country Golf Club (North Course) on 20-23 December 2010.

And rookie Lawson knows that there is much at stake as he prepares for next week.

Lawson, who admires Korea’s K.J. Choi for his consistency, first picked up a club at the age of ten and has since dreamt of making the game his life at a professional level. He is currently working part-time in the pro-shop at the Sands Torquay in Victoria.

“I’m trying not to worry too much about next week but I’ll be so happy if I get my card to play on OneAsia,” he said. “It would be a new experience for me, being able to play in Asia and take my career further without having to be too far away from home.

“It would definitely be the start of something big.”

Lawson will need to keep on top of his game and finish in the top 30% of all OneAsia Qualifying School entrants next week, to advance to OneAsia’s Final Stage in China.

OneAsia’s Final Stage will be played at the magnificent Mission Hills Resort Haikou in China from 11-14 January 2011.

An alternative standalone OneAsia First Stage will also be conducted at the same venue a week before from 4-7 January 2011.

Leading players at the end of next week will not only move on to OneAsia’s Final Stage to play for a start on all of the Tour’s 2011 events, but also gain dual eligibility to play on the PGA Tour of Australasia for 2011.

So far, 13 events have been confirmed on OneAsia’s preliminary schedule for 2011, with further additions to be made in the coming weeks and months.

OneAsia will stage a total of 15 to 17 elite tournaments across the Asia Pacific for the 2011 season.

285 – Deyen Lawson (AM) (AUS) 72-75-70-68
286 – Rhein Gibson (AUS) 78-72-69-67
287 – Chae Bum-geun (KOR) 66-74-74-73, Brett Rankin (AM) 74-70-69-74
288 – An Do-eun (KOR) 71-75-73-70
289 – Brendan Smith (AUS) 73-74-72-71
290 – Dean Meagher (AUS) 73-78-70-70, Bradley Fisher (AUS) 72-74-73-72, Andrew Kelly (AUS) 70-77-70-74
291 – Andrew Evans (AUS) 74-76-74-70, Kyle Grant (AUS) 74-74-73-73
292 – Kim Tae-woo (KOR) 75-75-70-75