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Quek secures Asian Tour card

 

It was probably the most nerve-wracking round of his golfing career, but it was a case of all's well that ends well for Quincy Quek.

The Singaporean (below) secured his playing rights on the Asian Tour next season when he finished joint-35th at the Asian Tour Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand yesterday.

The 28-year-old shot an even-par 71 in the final round at the Springfield Royal Country Club in Hua Hin for a four-day total of three-under 281 - right on the cut line - to be among 41 players to secure their Tour cards for the new season, reported asiantour.com.

Another Singaporean Choo Tze Huang missed out on a Tour card when he could manage only a final-round 71 to finish in joint-78th position.

Rising South Korean star Chang Yikeun outclassed the elite field when he closed with a 67 to claim a one-shot victory and a winner's cheque of US$4,000 ($5,800).

The 22-year-old Chang marked his card with six birdies against two bogeys for a winning total of 13-under 271.

American Dodge Kemmer settled one shot back in second after soaring with an eagle on the last for a closing 65, while Raphael De Sousa of Switzerland finished third on 273 following a 67.

Asian Development Tour (ADT) winners Masaru Takahashi of Japan and Taiwan's Chan Shih-chang also finished inside the top 40 and ties, with the cut set at 281, to earn their playing rights on the region's premier Tour in 2016.

Chan, who came through the first stage last week, was beaming with joy after enjoying a successful two-week run in what was his first attempt at the Qualifying School.

All Qualifying School entrants will be eligible to compete on the burgeoning ADT, which was inaugurated in 2010 as a gateway to the premier Asian Tour.

The secondary circuit staged a record total of 28 tournaments in the 2014 season.

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