The Mount Maunganui Golf Club again hosts the final event of the year on the NZ schedule. There is plenty to play for, the Order Of Merit winner will be named and top 10 OOM positions will earn the chance to play Australasian Tour events in 2019, including the NZ Open. In the absence of James Anstiss, Ryan Chisnall looks to be favourite to take out the season prize. Locals Josh Geary and Mark Brown are the big names on show and there will be plenty of NZ’s top domestic players teeing it up at the Mount, trying to get their hands on the final trophy of the year. Qualifying School

Cometh the hour… Tim Wilkinson has rattled together a 10 under par 62 in the final round of qualifying for the 2019 Tour. Wilkinson lit it up early, making 9 birdies in 10 holes, then adding 1 more birdie late in the piece. Wilkinson’s 4 round total of 21 under shared 16th position and will guarantee him a start in each of the first 8 events of the year. Steve Alker is in the same position having shot a final day 65 grab a piece of 34th. Nick Voke missed the top 40 by just 1 shot, but had already earned playing rights through his PGA Tour China Series results.

Coming Up

PGA Tour Australasia

Final Stage of qualifying will be played at the Moonah Links GC on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Campbell Rawson, Mark Hutson, Hayden Beard, Chang Gi Lee and Fraser MacLachlan were successful at stage 1 and will be joined by

Kieran Muir, James Anstiss and Denzel Ieremia. The goal over the 4 rounds is to finish inside the top 40, which will earn eligibility for tour membership and a tournament category for 2019.

Asian Tour

The Asian Tour season wraps up with the Indonesian Masters, played at the Royale Jakarta GC. Ben Campbell and Gareth Paddison are there, Paddison needing a big week to be back next year, while Campbell is safely inside the top 40.