Ten Aussies graduate to 2014 Asian Tour

Nick Cullen was the best of the Australians at the Asian Tour School Final Qualifying Stage which wrapped up at Thailand’s Springfield Royal County Club on Saturday.

A winner on the OneAsia tour and current Queensland Open champion, Cullen completed the four rounds at ten-under par to tie for 3rd behind Japan’s Akinori Tani, who finished in top spot when Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing of Singapore forfeited the playoff for first and second place to return home for his daughter’s 2nd birthday.

Nick Cullen Nick Cullen (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Cullen was one of ten Australians among 40 players who secured their Asian Tour cards for season 2014 while the 24 Aussies who missed out will still be eligible to compete on the burgeoning Asian Development Tour (ADT).

Tani was delighted with his efforts and a return to the Asian Tour, which will commence in earnest at the SAIL-SBI Open at the Delhi Golf Club in India from February 26 – March 1st.

“It has been a great week. I didn’t play well on the first day so I decided to make some changes to my swing. I played well the last two rounds and I am very happy now that I can return to play on the Asian Tour once again. Looking forward to the first event in India.” he said.

Lam shot a scintillating 64 on the final day to douse any lingering disappointment at losing his card after finishing 65th on the 2013 Order of Merit.

“The goal was to finish inside the top-40 and once I knew that I made it, I had to rush to catch my flight so I can spend time with my family, especially my daughter whose birthday is on Sunday. It really means a lot to me that I have earned my Tour card again.”

Australian 2014 Asia Tour Cards

  • Nick Cullen
  • Dimitrios Papadatos
  • Nathan Holman
  • Jack Munro
  • Cameron Smith
  • Ryan McCarthy
  • Sam Brazel
  • Kalem Richardson
  • Kunal Bhasin
  • Craig Hancock