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Andrew Parr

Short Game: South America is Parr's new frontier Add to ...

Andrew Parr has some new territory to conquer in his nomadic life as a touring golf professional.

The 29-year-old from London, Ont., qualified for the PGA Tour Latinoamerica on Friday by finishing in the top 20 at the circuit's qualifying school in Peru.

Parr needed a birdie on his final hole at La Planicie Country Club to get into a tie for 18th place and lock up his card. He finished 72 holes at two-under-par 286, eight shots behind Q-school winner Jose Toledo of Guatemala.

Parr played on the European Tour and its developmental circuit, the Challenge Tour, last year, stopping in countries as far flung as Malaysia, South Africa, Finland, Norway and Portugal. He's also played in Canada and the United States.

As a member of the Latinoamerica tour, he'll be eligible to play in its 2013 events, which run in the spring and fall in Mexico and countries throughout South America. The tour, owned and run by the top-tier PGA Tour, is a developmental and feeder circuit for the second-tier Web.com Tour.

In a quick e-mail Friday night, Parr said he plans to play a full schedule on the Latinoamerica. "It's the best way to the [PGA] tour at this point."

Mike Mezei of Lethbridge, Alta., didn't make it into the top 20 Friday. The PGA Tour Canada regular tied for 43rd spot at four-over par, six shots away from his card.

The Latinoamerica tour holds another Q-school this month in Florida. Eight Canadians (Peter Campbell, Adam Cornelson, Billy Houle, Derek Gillespie, Matt Johnston, Tai Gyu Kang, David Markle and Jace Walker) are entered in the field  at Sebring Golf Club in Sebring, Fla.

They'll be among the 132 players vying for another 20 Latinoamerica cards.


GO KO GO: Fifteen-year-old amateur Lydia Ko has surged into a share of the lead at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open, putting himself in position to win her third professional tournament.

The New Zealand teenager, whose titles include the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open, shot four-under 68 on Saturday to reach six under after two rounds.

She shares the lead with Seon Woo Bae of South Korea heading into the final round at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch on Sunday.

Sara Maude Juneau of Fossambault, Que., missed the cut by one shot despite shooting a 71 Saturday that included birdies on the final two holes.

Lorie Kane of Charlottetown also failed to reach the final round. She placed fourth at the event last year.

Both Juneau and Kane will stay Down Under for the LPGA Tour’s season opener, the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, next week.


ASIA BOUND: Richard T. Lee has earned his playing card on the upstart OneAsia Tour.

The 22-year-old from Vancouver finished the circuit’s Q-school in Malaysia on Friday as the runner-up, two shots behind medalist Akinori Tani of Japan.

He surged into second on the strength of an eight-under 63 in the final round at Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club. That was a Q-school best.

His runner-up finish means he’ll get into most, if not all, tournaments on the tour, which began in 2009 as a competitor to the more-established Asian Tour.

Lee, born in Canada to South Korean parents, also earned his card on the Asian Tour at its Q-school in Thailand last month.

His opportunities in Asia might prompt him to relocate there, he told the OneAsia’s website.

“I’ll talk it over with my parents,” said Lee, who turned pro after competing in the U.S. Open as a 17-year-old in 2007.

“On the Asian Tour you have to go step-by-step and play well to get in the big ones, but here [OneAsia] there is a lot more money and it looks a lot more competitive. Basically I'll try to follow the money.”

Lee played on the U.S.-based Web.com Tour during the past four years, based out of Scottsdale, Ariz., but didn’t retain his card last season.


MAJOR CHALLENGE: World No. 1 amateur Lydia Ko is starting to fill out her schedule for the 2013 golf season.

The New Zealand teenager will play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April, the LPGA Tour major announced Thursday.

She was one of seven amateurs named to the field.

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