PETALING JAYA: Malaysian golfer Nicholas Fung (pic) is ready to take his career to the next level after being signed up by Sweden-based P4M Golf Management.
The first priority for the 30-year-old Nicholas, a one-time Asian Tour winner, is earning a card via the Qualifying School (Q-School) next year to play in the European Tour.
“If all goes well next year, I would like to give the European Tour a shot, ” said the former national No. 1.
“I plan to sign up for the Q-School, and even if I don’t make it at my first attempt, I’ll still be eligible for Challenge Tour (secondary circuit) the following year.”
The European Tour Q-School, which offers 25 cards a year, was not held this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Besides the Q-School, the second-tier Challenge Tour also offers a pathway to the main Tour where the top 15 finishers of each season will be rewarded with European Tour memberships.
Nicholas is quite used to competing against European Tour stars after having made 38 starts in the Tour since 2008 through tournaments which are jointly sanctioned with Asian Tour such as the Maybank Championship, Malaysian Open, Hong Kong Open and Indian Open.
His best finish was a tied-15th at last year’s Maybank Championship at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
Despite the challenges from the pandemic-hit season, things are certainly looking up for father-of-one Nicholas, now that he is under P4M, a Helsingborg-based company which provides management and advisory services to professional players, golf clubs and related businesses.
“I’m really excited to join P4M, it’s really a shot in the arm. They have offered incredible support, ” said Nicholas.
“Their knowledge and expertise are invaluable and I’m looking forward to returning to competitive golf with their assistance.”
Besides winning the Queen’s Cup in Thailand in 2017, Nicholas also has three Asian Tour runners-up finishes to his name.
With the Asian Tour suspended due to Covid-19 outbreak, Nicholas is currently in Dubai conducting golf lessons whilst training and keep himself sharp for an eventual return to competition.
Did you find this article insightful?