Date: December 16, 2007

Kulacz secures Asian Tour card

Rick Kulacz led a host of Australians through qualification for the Asian Tour next year after the final round of the Q-School tournament in Malaysia. Kulacz fired a four-under-par round of 68 to finish at 14-under for the tournament, which was good enough for third place behind Malaysian duo Ben Leong (-18) and Steven Tan (-15). The 21-year-old Western Australian had only turned pro in October this year and was delighted with his performance this week. “This is a very good result for me. I&aposm very happy as I came here wanting to get into the top-40 but I&aposve managed to do better than that this week,” said Kulacz. “I&aposm excited for next year as I&aposve only played in four professional events so it&aposs going to be something new for me,” added Kulacz, who won one professional event as an amateur in the 2006 New South Wales Open. Fellow Aussies Andrew Dodt (fifth) and Jason King (eighth) both enjoyed consistent weeks to finish in the top 10, while New Zealand&aposs Eddie Lee also scraped into the top 10, finishing equal with King. Also comfortably through to the tour next year are Peter Cooke, Michael Wright, Neven Basic, Mitch Brown, Henry Epstein and Darren Beck. With the top 40 (including ties) all securing places on next years Tour, Richard Gallichan, Ashley Hall and Richard Moir all had a nervous wait on their hands, but they just made the cut finishing in a tie for 38th. Mahal Pearce and Kevin Chun join Lee as the three Kiwi qualifiers for next years tour.