While one Hong Kong golfer celebrated, another was left cursing his luck as Justin Evans made it through to the Volvo China Open and James Stewart lost out in a play-off at Discovery Bay Golf Club yesterday. Only the top four competitors went through from this qualifying tournament to play at Beijing International Golf Course from April 16-19. By the end of the day's play, a round of 71 was enough to put Evans on three-under-par 141 to finish joint-first with South Korea's Eom Jae-woong and give him a shot at the big time. Evans came to Hong Kong 16 months ago and has been playing on the Korean Tour. However, it's only now that his game is coming together and for this he can thank a certain special lady in his life. 'Last year I missed half the cuts on the Korean Tour because the first nine months I was here I couldn't practise on a course anywhere as I had no club membership,' he said. 'I had a sponsor last year from Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey where I used to play, but that only paid for me to be able to compete in tournaments, it didn't cover for any club membership in Hong Kong. 'I'd just go to the driving range and you just can't prepare like that. Luckily my girlfriend, Jasmine, then decided to finance me too, so in September I joined Discovery Bay Golf Club and my game has come back up to a high standard again.' His other half will no doubt be hoping Evans' fortunes continue on the rise so she can make good on her investment and she'll be glad to hear he has even bigger plans for the future. 'It means everything to me to play in the Volvo China Open. It's awesome and it hasn't really sunk in yet. It's going to be a great experience and it'll be a major stepping stone in my career,' Evans, 26, said. 'I want to qualify for the Asian Tour and hopefully in about five years' time make it to the European Tour. That's my plan.' It was a very different story for Stewart, who just missed out on one of the two remaining berths for Beijing. The 34-year-old shot a brilliant 68 to leave himself locked in second place on two-under-par 140 with the Taiwanese trio of Chen Ming-Chuan, Chan Shih-chang and Hung Chien-yao. But in a play-off on the 18th hole it was Chen and Chan who booked their trips to Beijing. It may have been a case of what might have been, but Stewart still had plans of appearing in the tournament - not as a player, but as caddy for South African David Frost. 'Yes, it looks like I'll be caddying for David in Beijing,' Stewart, 34, said. 'I've got to know him when he's come to play in the Hong Kong Open and I've seen him a few times in South Africa. He'd asked me as a favour, so I was just going to go up there and give it a whirl.'