INTERNATIONAL GOLFERS TARGET QUALIFYING SPOTS IN VOLVO CHINA OPEN

Professional golfers from all over the world will target a coveted place in the 2019 Volvo China Open when the tournament’s traditional International Qualifying tournament is staged at Guangzhou Nansha Golf Club from March 13-15, 2019.

The 36-hole event will see a maximum of 126 players chasing just three slots in China’s Open Golf Championship, which this year will celebrate its 25th anniversary when held at The Tradition at Wolong Valley in Chengdu in May.

It will be the fifth time since 2005 that the Guangzhou Nansha Golf Club has hosted a Volvo China Open Qualifying Event and the second consecutive year it has staged the International Qualifying Tournament. The Guanghzhou venue will also host the Domestic Qualifying Tournament from March 18-20.

Last year American John Michael O’Toole, Lien Lu-Shen of Chinese Taipei and O’Toole’s fellow USA pro Blake Snyder – winner of the International Qualifying event in 2017 – all made it through to compete in Chinese golf’s flagship tournament.

“The International Qualifying event is a chance for professionals and amateurs who don’t hold a mainland Chinese passport to compete for the chance to join us at the 25th Volvo China Open,” said Sven de Smet, Chairman of the Volvo China Open Board. “It always proves to be a hugely popular event and attracts a high quality field from a number of different tours thanks to the ever-growing reputation of the country’s National Open Championship.”

Open to non-Chinese golfers both male and female who satisfy a number of qualifying criteria – and also to amateurs with a USGA Men’s Handicap Index of three or less (or a USGA Ladies Handicap of one or less) – the tournament is a gross stroke play event with a total prize-fund of RMB 70,000 on offer, including RMB 20,600 to the winner.

The three International Qualifiers will join the winner of an Amateur Qualifying Final to be played at Mission Hills Haikou Sandbelt Trails from February 18-20 as well as nine other qualifiers who will win places in the European Tour-sanctioned Volvo China Open through Domestic Qualifying at Guangzhou Nansha Golf Club. All three tournaments  are organized by the China Golf Association (CGA), title sponsored by Volvo and promoted by Mitime Golf.

“We have made some major changes to the Domestic Qualifying system, introducing Regional Challenges and Amateur Qualifying Final for amateurs and adding an extra quota for amateurs,” added de Smet.

“It’s a new format that will allow more domestic players the opportunity to get close to and participate in their National Open golf championship. We have combined three domestic qualifying events into one and changed the original three qualifiers for each event into nine qualifiers for the one event.”

Zhang Xiao Ning, President of the China Golf Association, said he was delighted with the structural change of the qualifying process for the Volvo China Open in 2019.

“For nearly a quarter of a century the Volvo China Open has played a pioneering role in Chinese golf and through this new-look qualifying process we believe a greater number of up-and-coming players will emerge through the ranks as they chase their dreams of playing on the European Tour and becoming top professionals,” he said.

Players interested in playing in the Volvo China Open International Qualifying Tournament should register at 

(2019-01-15)

 

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