OneAsia confirms early season schedule for 2017

HONG KONG: OneAsia has confirmed its’ early season schedule for 2017 with four events set to be staged between now and August, including two national Opens.

Following the Qualifying School, being played at Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club from March 7 to 10, the first tournament to tee-off will be the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing from April 27 to 30.

Boasting prize money of $2.9 million, the event is joint sanctioned with the European Tour and is now in its 23rd year.

It will be the second year in a row that Topwin has hosted the title after China’s Li Haotong won the title there last April.

OneAsia then heads to the GS Caltex Maekyung Open at Namseoul Country Club in Korea from May 4 to 7.

The Kolon Korea Open will be  played at Woo Jeung Hills Country Club from June 1 to 4 while the China Classic  in Beijing will also be held in the first half the season.

“It gives us great pleasure to announces four premier events to start the 2017 season”, said OneAsia’s Commissioner Duan Tiesong.

“It is exciting to begin the year with one of the biggest event’s in the region, the Volvo China Open, while we are working hard to develop the remainder of the schedule and will announce further details soon.”

First up is OneAsia’s Qualifying School which returns to Sutera Harbour next month.

Sutera Harbour has been a regular home for the OneAsia Qualifying School, and a strong turnout of players is once again expected to head to the popular venue in Sabah, Malaysia.

The winner of the Qualifying School will be eligible for all  tournaments while players ranked second to 10th will be exempt for most events.

Set up to rival the Asian Tour, this year marks OneAsia’s ninth season since its launch in 2009.