Ex-Lion golfer Zuluaga earns Asian Tour card

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HAMMOND, La. – Former Southeastern Louisiana golfer Daniel Zuluaga earned his Asian Tour card for 2017 at the final stage of the Tour’s Qualifying School in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.

Zuluaga, a native of Pereira, Colombia who played for the Lions from 2010-12, shot a 14-under-par 274 to finish in a four-way tie for 33rd in the tournament held at Suvarnabhumi Golf & Country Club. The top 35 players and tied received their cards.

Zuluaga finished with rounds of 70, 69, 65 and 70.

Zuluaga qualified for the final stage after tying for ninth with a 16-under 272 at the qualifying school’s Section B Jan. 4-7 at Suvarnabhumi, shooting rounds of 67, 68, 70 and 67.

Zuluaga, who will also be on the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica Tour in 2017, recorded a 75.11 scoring average in 47 rounds over 16 events at Southeastern. He appeared in eight events as a freshman after joining the Lions in January 2010, posting a 75.61 scoring average in 23 rounds of action. He recorded par or better in five rounds, including a 4-under-67 in his collegiate debut at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational where he tied for 18th. He also earned a 17th-place showing at the rain-shortened BancorpSouth Intercollegiate with a 146.

Zuluaga competed in eight tournaments as a sophomore, averaging a 74.63 over 24 rounds. He had six rounds at par or better with a low round of 70 at the season-opening Sam Hall Intercollegiate. He finished 20th at the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate with a 228, helping the Lions place second.

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