How to Qualify for the Japan Golf Tour

By John Wagner

The Japan Golf Tour is a professional golf tour that was founded in 1973. It is run by the Japan Golf Tour Organization. Players who perform well in tournaments receive points toward the World Golf Ranking. The Japan Golf Tour plays 25 tournaments from April to early December. To become a tour player you must go through a challenging qualifying process.

Go to the Japan Golf Tour website and download the Qualifying Tournament application. Fill out the application and indicate your preferred qualifying site. Provide proof of a handicap index of 3.0 or below.

Mail the application and check for 105,000 yen ($1,316.62) to the Japan Golf Tour Organization (jgto.org).

Play in the first qualifying stage, a 54-hole competition. The number who qualify will be based on the number of entries. Qualifiers will advance to the second qualifying stage.

Choose your second qualifying stage site and pay a second fee of 105,000 yen. The second stage consists of 72 holes. The number of qualifiers will depend on the first-stage qualifiers who play. Qualifiers earn a spot in the third qualifying stage.

The third qualifying stage consists of 72 holes. Those who qualify will play in the final qualifying stage, which is played over 108 holes. You must finish in the top 90 and ties to qualify for the Japan Golf Tour.

About the Author

John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with more than 10 years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC, TPI Level 3 and Chuck Cook Golf Instructor, he has given more than 9,000 golf lessons.

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