Kiwi Michael Hendry secures Japan Tour card

Last updated 13:53 06/12/2012
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MICHAEL HENDRY: The Kiwi finished with an even-par, four-round total of 278 to hold the clubhouse lead at the Australian Open.

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Kiwi golfer Michael Hendry has secured a full card for the 2013 Japan Tour after finishing in a tie for 26th at the final stage qualifying event.

Hendry fired a two-under par 70 in the sixth and final round to confirm his place on the Tour alongside fellow New Zealander David Smail, who has been on the Tour for the past 15 years.

The 33-year-old, who has played on the OneAsia and PGA Tour of Australasia the past three years, had rounds of 69, 73, 70, 71, 68 and 70 for an 11-under par total at the Cocopa Resort. He finished 11 shots back from the eventual winner.

"Japan here I come!" Hendry said on Facebook.

"Just finished 26th at Q School giving me full status for next year. Yeah Boi!"

Hendry began the year by winning the New Zealand PGA Pro-Am at The Hills, finished fourth at the ISPS Perth Invitational and tied 10th at the BMW NZ Open in Christchurch.

He currently leads the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit from Australian Adam Scott after earning AU$206,833.42 from seven events in 2012.

The North Harbour pro will look to continue that form in Sydney today after enduring a hectic travel schedule to get to the Australian Open.

Hendry flew overnight to the Gold Coast in Australia, arriving at 6.55am today before getting on a connecting flight for Sydney at 10.40am. Hendry will head straight to the Lakes Golf Club for the first round of the Australian Open this afternoon at 1:30pm. 

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