Rookie Victorian pro Will Heffernan will make his Asian Tour debut after accepting an invitation to play in this week’s Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship at the Classic Golf and Country Club in India.
Heffernan, Daniel Gale and Kiwi Gareth Paddison each received an invitation to play this week, joining Aussies Travis Smyth, Daniel Fox, David Gleeson, Jack Munro and Kunal Bhasin.
A promising tennis player before making the switch to golf, Heffernan made it through to the Final Stage of Asian Tour Q School in December but failed to make the cut.
Qualifying for the final 32 at the 2016 British Amateur, Heffernan’s maiden year as a professional has been spent predominantly on the Australasian Tour, finishing tied for 36th at the SP PNG Open and tied for 29th at the Tailor-Made Building Services NT PGA Championship.
The new tournament on the Asian Tour schedule represents an important opportunity for Fox and Smyth to improve their position in the Habitat for Humanity Standings.
Back-to-back strong results has moved Fox into 56th on the Order of Merit while Smyth needs to make some progress up the standings from his current 70th position.
After a six-week layoff, the PGA TOUR Series-China tour resumes this week with the Haikou Classic at Mission Hills.
The tournament will be played at the Sandbelt Trails course modelled on the famed Melbourne Sandbelt which will hopefully suit the Australian contingent of Hayden Webb, James Grierson, Max McCardle, Kevin Yuan, Tim Stewart, Bryden Macpherson, James Marchesani, Aaron Wilkin, Charlie Dann and Christopher Wood and Kiwi trio Ryan Chisnall, Luke Toomey and Nick Voke.
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