Swag of Aussies claim more PGA Tour China cards
The second PGA Tour China Series qualifying event has once again gone to an Australian with NSW’s Alex Hawley firing a final round of 70 to win the event by four strokes from Queenland’s Ray Beaufils at Mission Hills’ Sandbelt Trails golf course.
An additional six Australians – Brett Drewitt, Stephen Dartnall, Scott Barr, Bryden Macpherson, Jamie Arnold and Andrew Kelly – earned full exemptions for the inaugural China Series starting next month.
Brett Drewitt was amongst a group of Aussie to secure their cards for the upcoming PGA Tour China Series (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Hawley joins David Lutterus in claiming an Aussie sweep of the two qualifying events, following Lutterus’ victory in the first Q-School a week earlier in Shenzhen.
“I had no idea,” Hawley said when asked if he knew his position on the leaderboard coming down the stretch. “I was just trying to get the ball in the hole.”
“It’s massive for my confidence,” he said, “I wanted to show myself that for my first time in China, I could come up here and play well and feel comfortable playing on these sorts of courses. So, yeah, it’s very satisfying.”
Hawley also admitted relief knowing he has a Tour to call home for all of 2014 after an injured back sidelined him a year ago, leaving him with no status on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Beaufils battled on gamely during the final round with a pinched nerve in his neck making life difficult. “It was very tough today. I was in a fair bit of pain,” Beaufils explained.
“I just hung in there and am very happy with my finish. It was a solid week. My goal was to finish in the top 20, and I finished in the top 20. So I’m very happy.”
The first event of the PGA TOUR China Series begins on April 17, also at Mission Hills.