Date: January 23, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Higginbottom ready for Asian Tour tilt

Former Golf Australia National Squad member Jake Higginbottom believes his pathway to success lies with making the grade at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand which starts on Wednesday. The gruelling test where the top-40 and ties earn playing privileges for the 2013 Asian Tour season will be played at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club and Springfield Royal Country Club. Higginbottom served notice of his talent when he became the first amateur in more than half a century to win the New Zealand Open last year. He immediately turned professional two days after his breakthrough victory and has been hailed by many as the next star to emerge from Australia. The reason why I want to play on the Asian Tour is because Asia s a good place and it s close to home. It’s going to be a long week but I do look forward to playing. The course is nice so I think it should be good, said Higginbottom. Having played alongside some of the world s best players that include American legend Tom Watson, the 19-year-old is hoping that he can get the opportunity to play against Asia s best if he makes it through the week. I m definitely looking forward to playing with the top Asian Tour players. There are a lot of good Asian players around. I m now trying to get a spot here on the Asian Tour and really looking forward to play here this year, said the Australian.