Queenstown golf pro Ben Campbell left town on Sunday with qualification for the lucrative European PGA Tour firmly in his sights.
This year his main focus has been on the Asian PGA Tour where he has had some success and is currently ranked 27th.
Unfortunately a hip injury has kept him away from the fairways for five weeks. However in the last two weeks he’s been back playing locally and working with coach Micah Dickinson, head pro at Jack’s Point.
“It has been going well and I feel good about the events on my schedule,” Campbell says.
The Asian tour schedule has weekly events through to early October, then from November 14 there are five more tournaments through to December 15.
Many of the events carry lucrative prize money. Campbell has targeted certain events and will kick off his schedule in Taiwan with a $US900,000 tournament.
He then has a week off before heading to Korea for the Shinhan Donghae Open, which boasts $US1.3 million in prize money. Then it is the Panasonic Open in Japan with similar money to be won.
“I then head for the European Tour qualifying school, probably in Spain, which is my main target.”
Success here would be a huge step forward for Campbell’s 2020 year.
Following Spain he will play the One Million Euro Mauritius Open. His 2019 year will end in Australia with the Australian Open and the PGA Championship.
He is currently in ninth place on the Australasian Tour and if he can improve his position, rewards may come.
“If I can crack the top-15 in Asia and/or make top-five on the Australasian Tour, I will gain limited European Tour status in six or seven co-sanctioned events with the Asian Tour.
“Whatever the rest of this year yields, the Asian Tour will remain an excellent option for 2020.”