March 11, 2019

Meet the Qualifiers: Global Q-School No. 3

The PGA TOUR Series-China’s three International Qualifying Tournaments are now complete, with South Korean Dongmin Kim winning the final of four qualifiers. The 20-year-old Kim will be fully exempt for the entire 2019 season. His was the second consecutive Qualifying Tournament win by a South Korean after Taeho Kim (no relation) took home the title last week in China. Dongmin Kim, who plans to turn pro immediately, shot rounds of 67-64-67-68 this week to defeat Alex Kang by two strokes at Laguna Golf Phuket. The PGA TOUR Series-China’s fifth season gets underway March 25-31 at the Chongqing Championship. Here is a short look at the most-recent qualifiers who will be exempt this year.

 

a-Dongmin Kim

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Won

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: He played on the Korean national team, and one of his teammates was Taeho Kim, winner of PGA TOUR Series-China’s second Global Qualifying Tournament.

 

Alex Kang

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for second

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 21

Career PGA TOUR Starts: 5

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 44

Career Mackenize Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Starts: 17

Something Worth Knowing: His teammates during his four years at San Diego State included the PGA TOUR’s J.J. Spaun and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Colin Featherstone. During his time playing on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, his travel roommate was the PGA TOUR’s Tony Finau.

 

Stuart Macdonald

Canada

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for second

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 20

Career Mackenize Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Starts: 16

Career PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Starts: 3

Something Worth Knowing: He won both the individual and team portions of the 2017 Peruvian International Amateur in Lima. Teaming with Victoria’s Lawren Rowe, the duo rolled to a five-stroke triumph at Lima Golf Club. Macdonald took medalist honors with a 70-72-68-71 finish that earned him a three-stroke win.

 

Nick Latimer

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for fourth

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: He won nine 2018 Minor League Golf Tour events, typically one-round tournaments held in Florida.

 

Bhurinat Songpaiboon

Thailand

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for fourth

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: He attended Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., where he was teammates with Derek Bayley, who tied for seventh at the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Qualifying Tournament in Mexico to earn the same, half-season full status as Songpaiboon.

 

Jared Howard

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for fourth

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: At Dublin Jerome High School in Dublin, Ohio, Howard was classmates with the National Hockey League’s Connor Murphy, currently a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

Narutoshi Yamaoka

Japan

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Seventh

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: In a full Japan Golf Tour season in 2018, he had one top-10, a tournament result that almost led to his first win on that circuit. Yamaoka took a share of the 54-hole lead with Ryo Ishikawa. In the final round, he shot a 64 but watched as Shota Akiyoshi fired a 64 to come from behind on the final day to win by a stroke. Yamaoka settled for a second-place finish.

 

Raiki Okamoto

Japan

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Eighth

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: He earned his card this week for PGA TOUR Series-China two weeks after failing to secure playing privileges at the Philippine Golf Tour’s Qualifying Tournament at Splendido Taal Golf Club.

 

Martin Kim

Argentina

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for ninth

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 18

Career PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Starts: 2

Something Worth Knowing: Kim not only played in PGA TOUR Series-China’s first official event—the 2014 Mission Hills Haikou Open—he shot a final-round 66 to tie for 20th.

 

Samuel Del Val

Spain

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for ninth

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 46

Career PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Starts: 64

Career Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Starts: 6

Something Worth Knowing: In 2016, Del Val won the weather-shortened Argentina Classic on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and he lost in a playoff to Brock Mackenzie at the 2016 National Capital Open to Support Our Troops in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Henry Westmoreland IV

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for 11th

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Something Worth Knowing: He is from the small Florida city of Wacissa, located in the middle of the state’s panhandle. The city has 386 people as of the most-recent population data available.  

 

Eric Beringer

United States

Qualifying Tournament Finish: Tied for 11th

Career PGA TOUR Series-China Starts: 0

Career Web.com Tour Starts: 2

Career PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Starts: 5

Something Worth Knowing: Beringer led through 36 holes of the Mackenzie Tour Qualifying Tournament outside Phoenix in 2018 before stumbling over his final 36 holes. Despite holding conditional status on the Tour, Beringer didn’t play a tournament in Canada a year ago.