Date: January 15, 2018
Author: Dave Tease

Endycott, Smyth grab tour cards

Harrison Endycott and Travis Smyth have taken their first big step into the world of pro golf following their outstanding amateur careers by securing playing rights on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and Asian Tours over the weekend.

Endycott finished in a tie for fourth at the PGA Tour Latinoamerica qualifying school at Mission Inn El Campeon, Howin in the Hills Florida, while Smyth overcame a first-round hiccup to finish in a tie for third place at the Asian Tour Qualifying School final stage at the St Andrew’s 2000 course in Rayong, Thailand.

Endycott carded rounds of 69, 69, 71, and 72, while Smyth carded rounds of 75, 66, 69, 66 and 68 in a five round weather delayed marathon.

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The pair, who were NSW State team representatives in 2016 and 2017, were relieved to graduate from their respective tour schools after falling at second stage of qualifying for the 2018 European Tour Qualifying School in Spain late last year.

A happy Endycott said he was now looking forward to playing a full schedule of events on the PGA Latinoamerica in 2018, a Tour he believes is a genuine pathway to the Tour.

“It was a little bit stressful, but at the end of the day, it was all about nailing my process, and that’s what I did,

“My main goal for 2018 was to have as many events as possible to play in, and I’ll have a pretty full schedule now,” he said.

When asked about the travel and the language barriers he is going to face, Endycott wasn’t phased.

“I’m not worried about the travel. In fact, I’m looking forward to it,

“It will be a new experience that I need to master and learn to manage for myself,

“My Spanish isn’t great but I’m sure I’ll learn some on the road, “ Endycott laughed.

Despite a horror first round, Flinder’s Travis Smyth has finished in a tie for third alongside fellow Aussie Steven Jeffress and is one of 11 Australians who have secured cards for the 2018 Asian Tour.

Smyth was proud of his comeback after his awful start and put the turn around down to sheer determination.

“To be honest the start of the week was very average and it showed in round one,

“I went back to basics and just got through the week,

“I wasn’t taking a bad result (this week) in Asia as an option. I was determined to get myself back into the tournament and I did,” Smyth said.

The talented 23-year-old has his sights set firmly on making his mark on the Australasian Tour for now, and with the Perth Super6 and New Zealand Open also being co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, Smyth is ready to get his year off to a fast start.

“Hopefully I’ll get a couple of good results early and that will lead to a few more starts in Asia before the re-rank, then hopefully, I will get into the big events.

“I’m new to this still and not sure where I can get starts, so I guess I will just have to keep playing good golf and the rest will sort itself out,” he smiled.

Korea’s Sungtaek Lee claimed the victory, finishing at 14-under par by one shot from Thailand’s Sorachut Hansapiban.

The other Aussies who secured cards were: Oliver Goss, Maverick Anticliff, Josh Younger, Matt Steiger, Ashley Hall, Andrew Martin, James Marchesani, Jack Wilson and David Gleeson.


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ASIAN TOUR Final results