December 21, 2018

PGA TOUR Series-China announces Mainland China Qualifying Tournament site, date

Players from China will qualify at Guangzhou’s Foison Golf Club

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BEIJING, China—Foison Golf Club’s Dye Course in Guangzhou will host three 2019 PGA TOUR Series-China Global Qualifying Tournaments, and the first of those tournaments is for China passport holders.

Foison Golf Club is the site for the Mainland China Qualifying Tournament, set for January 22-25. The Tour will begin accepting applications for the Mainland China Qualifying Tournament on Friday December  22 at 8 a.m. Beijing time.

The Qualifying Tournaments will feature fields of 120 players, with players 1 through 12 receiving exemptions throughout the 2019 season. Players finishing in the Nos. 13-35 positions, and ties, will have conditional status through the season’s first six events. After the sixth tournament, there will be a reshuffle based on 2019 Order of Merit rank for players ranked between Nos. 13 and 35. The season ending event will have eligibility based on performance during the season, not Q-School. The Mainland China Qualifying Tournament, thanks to a donation offered by the host Foison Golf Club, is offering a reduced cost of RMB 7,500 to enter.

“Players from China have consistently made their marks on PGA TOUR Series-China, with the professional golf landscape filled with our alums. Nine players from China have combined to win 16 tournaments—far and away the most of any country,” said PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director Greg Carlson. “Every year we see a new crop of players join the Tour, and many of the players from China will make an impact on this Tour. It’s at the Qualifying Tournament where it all begins.”

Among players from China who have come through PGA TOUR Series-China are Tour members Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou—the first two players from China to hold PGA TOUR membership—and Yechun Yuan. Haotong Li, the 2014 PGA TOUR Series-China Player of the Year, is a two-time European Tour winner after playing two Tour seasons.

“I well remember meeting Xinjun, Zecheng and Haotong in 2014, and it has been a pleasure watching them grow in their careers and succeed at different levels,” Carlson continued.

The Foison Golf Club facility is no stranger to PGA TOUR Series-China golf. Its original 18 holes previously hosted the final event of the season—the Buick Open, won by China’s Huilin Zhang. In 2019, the Dye Course will be the site of the qualifier, a course designed by Cynthia Dye.

The First Global Qualifying Tournament will be February 19-22, 2019, with the Second Qualifying Tournament the following week (February 26-March 1). The Third Qualifying Tournament is March 5-8 in Phuket, with all three tournaments open to players from outside Mainland China.

The Series’ third Global Qualifying Tournament is set for Laguna Phuket Golf Club in Phuket, Thailand. The Southeast Asian country joins China, Hong Kong and Macau as tournament host countries.

In 2018, the PGA TOUR Series-China Mainland China Qualifying Tournament winner was amateur Cheng Jin. The winners prior to 2018 were Wenyi Huang (2015) and amateur Yinong Yang (2016).