Norfolk golfer Harrold faces exciting challenges in the Far East

Norfolk golfer Will Harrold will be focusing on playing in the Far East this season. Picture: Leader

Norfolk golfer Will Harrold will be focusing on playing in the Far East this season. Picture: Leaderboard Photography - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's Will Harrold will once again be playing his golf in some far flung locations this year.

The touring professional from Sheringham has options to play on both the Asian Tour and the US PGA Tour's China series after opening the year in impressive style.

The jet-setting got under way in January when he played solid golf over five rounds at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club in Thailand to finish tied 18th in Asian Tour qualifying, with the top 35 and ties earning their cards.

Harrold ended up five under par for the tournament after rounds of 70, 70, 67, 72 and 71 and although he finished nine back on winner Seungtaek Lee from South Korea it was still a job well done.

His next challenge was to earn a card for the China Series, where the top players earn playing privileges in the prestigious second tier Tour in the United States.

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This time his destination was the Mission Hills complex at Haikou and again he performed solidly to qualify in seven position, meaning he has a full schedule to look forward to.

Following a few weeks back in Norfolk to recharge his batteries Harrold will be flying back out to China to compete in back-to-back events. Luxehills International Country Club will host the Chengdu Championship from March 15-18 before Poly Golf Club stages the Chongqing Championship from March 22-25.

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Further tournaments will be announced next month, with the schedule set to feature 14 events.

That should keep Harrold going until later in the year, when there is a better chance of getting into Asian Tour events, although he is currently 10th reserve for the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open, which gets under way on March 1, and would be happy to make an early departure from the UK to compete in that one.

'I don't expect I will be playing much competitive golf in Europe this season except in the Open qualifiers,' said Harrold. 'It's never easy to work out your schedule on the Asian Tour because you never know which events you will get in - but the PGA China Series gives me another good option. It promises to be an interesting year and I am really looking forward to it.'

Harrold finished 95th in the Asian Order of Merit in 2017, with $20,519 in prize money.

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