Hemstock in final push for 2013 Asian Tour card
TEIGNMOUTH golfer Billy Hemstock is vying to win a card for this year's Asian Tour after squeezing into the final stage of qualifying school in Thailand.
Hemstock holed a decisive eight-foot putt on the last of the 72-hole first stage in Hua Hin last weekend to make it through to the final stage which began yesterday.
Hemstock is one of 242 players to make it through to the final stage at Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal.
The top-40 finishers and ties at the Final Stage will earn Tour cards for 2013.
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Hemstock has played on the EuroPro Tour circuit for his first two seasons as a professional, but has been unable to progress up to the Challenge Tour.
Despite enjoying his maiden victory on the touring circuit last year, he finished 12th on the order of merit with a total of £13,478.75 in earnings from 12 events played.
In Thailand, Hemstock carded a two-over-par total of 290 at Lakeview over four rounds to make it through, but only guaranteed his passage with a crucial putt on the last to save par.
Hemstock admitted in an email afterwards that qualifying had been 'very up and down' for him, with chip-ins and eagles together with plenty of red ink on his card.
Hemstock wrote he was: "Stood on the 18th with a eight-foot putt to save par, thinking I needed to make it to progress to next week's final qualifier.
"A few deep breaths later, thankfully I holed it and thankfully it was enough to make it through on the number."
The par was enough to see Hemstock tie for 19th place, and through in a group of 22 players from the Lakeview section.
But the young pro also admitted there were too many dropped shots on his card.
He added: "Had four bogeys on the spin yesterday [in round three], two today, three first and second day. Big room for improvement."
Hemstock spent the earlier part of this week on the course completing practice rounds, with the final stage split across both courses at the resort in southern Thailand. The 72-hole final stage concludes on Saturday.