Niall Kearney will tee it up at the Asian Tour Q-School next week. Niall Kearney will return to action next week when he tees it up at the first stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand.

The Dubliner, 24, failed to make the cut in the European Tour Q-School at the end of last season but will be hoping for better on his second foray to Asia.

The Royal Dublin man came through the first stage of the Asian Q-School last season but despite shooting four rounds of level par 72 at the final stage, he missed out on his card by three strokes.

Kearney and Europro Tour player Shane Comer are just two of a record 558 entries for the first stage which will be played in two stages in Hua Hin in Thailand from January 9-12 and January 16-19.

Kearney will tee it up in the Section A qualifiers at Imperial Lakeview Golf Club from January 9-12 bidding to finish in the top 25 and join 100 exempt players - including Muskerry’s Niall Turner - in at the Final Stage at the same venue from January 23-26.

Comer will also tee it up at Imperial Lakeview in Section B from January 16-19.

Qualifying School players who do not win Asian Tour cards, will earn playing rights in the second tier Asian Development Tour, which will start receiving Official World Golf Ranking points this year.