Jan. 21, 2012
Asia Tour Q School Final Scores
HUA HIN, Thailand -- Northwestern graduate and 2010 Big Ten individual champion David Lipsky graduated again Saturday, shooting a final round 4-under 68 to win the final stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School tournament and earn his Asian Tour card for the 2012 season.
"(This) is great," Lipsky said after his first professional win. "I'm just out of college and didn't know what I was going to do in 2012. Being on the Asian Tour exceeds my expectations. I'm happy with where I'm at right now. I'm half Korean, my dad is American. I'm 23 years old and I went to school in Chicago at Northwestern University where I just graduated. Pat Goss there was Luke Donald's coach and both Luke and Pat sent me some good messages this week. That really encouraged me this week."
After opening the Final State of Q School with an even-par 72 on Wednesday, Lipsky vaulted into contention with a 7-under 65 in the second round. "(I) missed a couple of short 5-footers for birdie, but other than that felt like Luke Donald
on the greens today," Lipsky tweeted after the round.
He continued his strong play with a 3-under 69 in the third round to pull into solo fourth place, one stroke behind a three-way tie for the lead and eight shots clear of the Top 40 cutoff. In the final round, Lipsky carded a 4-under 68 to earn a 14-under 274 and a two shot victory over a four-way tie for second.
"I came into the (final) round well inside the cut," Lipsky said. "I was only one back of the lead so I just tried to see what I can do. I treated this like any other tournament. I was able to have fun out there and got off to a birdie at the second hole, which put me at ease. I sort of cruised after that and made some good putts."
Lipsky defeated a field that began with a record 599 total entries. Lipsky was one of 444 players to sign up for the First Stage of Q School, which was held January 11-14 in Hua Hin, Thailand. He was one of 89 players to advance as part of the top 20 percent of First Stage finishers, joining 155 other players who were exempted through to the Final Stage.
Lipsky follows in the footsteps of Northwestern alum Scott Rowe, who played the Asian Tour in 1998 and 1999. Rowe won the Korean Open in 1998, earning Asian Tour Rookie of the Year honors that season.
Lipsky is one of three former Northwestern Big Ten champions currently holding worldwide professional Tour cards. World No. 1 Donald (2000 and 2001 Big Ten titlist) is a PGA TOUR and European Tour member while 2006 conference champ Chris Wilson has Nationwide Tour status for 2012 after holding his PGA TOUR card during the 2010 season. During the tournament this week, Lipsky received a tweet of encouragement from his fellow Wildcat Donald.
"It was just a tweet from Luke telling me good luck," Lipsky said. "Nothing too serious but that always helps with the confidence. I won my conference championship and finished third last year. I put together a pretty good college career."
During his Northwestern career, Lipsky won a trio of tournament titles and finished his time in Evanston with a 72.97 career stroke average -- good for fourth all-time in program history behind Donald, Tom Johnson and Jess Daley. He won a GCAA PING All-America honorable mention honor as a senior in 2010-11.
Displaying a flare for the streaky and the dramatic, Lipsky had several memorable birdie stretches and a proven ability to go low for the Wildcats. A string of three-straight back nine birdies in the final round of the 2010 Big Ten Championships secured that individual title for Lipsky. He also won the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in incredible fashion in 2010, finishing birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle in his final four holes to tie for medalist honors. In 2011, a Lipsky final round 5-under front nine at the Big Ten Championships helped NU to a second-place team finish, while he began the back nine of the final round of the 2011 NCAA Colorado Regional with four-straight birdies to lift NU to an NCAA National Championships berth.
The 2012 Asian Tour schedule begins February 2-5 at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open Presented by Air Bagan at Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club in Yangon, Myanmar.
Information from the Asian Tour was used in this release.
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