Anthony Quayle’s runner-up finish at the Japan Golf Tour’s Crowns Tournament in Nagoya provides further evidence that the 23-year old Gold Coast based Northern Territorian is rapidly developing into one of Australia’s most promising young players.
It was his best finish to date since turning professional, was by some way his biggest cheque (A$120,000), provides a great boost of confidence and, importantly, will go a long way to retaining his status in Japan for 2019. Quayle’s finish over the weekend has him in 13th place on the Japan Tour money list and the leading Australasian.
Quayle turned professional late in 2016 after a solid amateur career but was forced to produce a best of the day round of 69 in the final round of qualifying for the Australasian Tour in early 2017 just to gain the right to play that year.
His rise has been if not meteoric then certainly impressive and this weekend’s performance confirms the regard in which he is held by many.
This was Quayle’s third Japan Tour event after earning his status there in December when 4th at the long winded and demanding Japan Tour School but with five top tens in his rookie season on the Australasian Tour last year and a 3rd place finish at this year’s Vic Open things were already looking good prior to heading to Japan.
When he turned professional, Quayle was outside the top 1250 in the world, now 16 months on he is now inside the top 300.
A winner of the North West Amateur in the US and the Keperra Bowl Championship in Australia during his amateur career, Quayle was a contemporary of the likes of Brett Coletta, Cameron Davis, Curtis Luck and Harrison Endycott and actually played with those players in the 2016 Australian team at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Korea.
He now stands higher in the world rankings than all but Australian Open Champion Cameron Davis amongst that group and appears to have found the perfect place to play (Japan) as he develops his career in the paid ranks.
Quayle, now based at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, is yet another product of the Hills International College’s golf programme where he spent five years after moving there from his family home in Gove in the Northern Territory.
The college, at Jimboomba just south of Brisbane, has proved quite a nursery for Australian and International golfers with two world number ones, Jason Day and Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, having spent time there during their formative golfing years.
Quayle has done all that could be asked of him and more at this stage of his career but it would seem there is a lot more to come.