European Tour Q-School – Final Stage Update (Day 4)

17th November 2015

The Final Stage European Tour Qualifying School event started last Friday at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Gerona.  It is the 8th consecutive year that this Spanish Club has hosted the final Q-School competition.

953 players entered the 2015 Q-School programme.  156 players from 26 different countries teed off last week – 49 were from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I). Looking at the field 43 of them started out at First Stage, 31 at Second Stage and 82 were exempt straight into Final Stage.

Four of the six rounds have now been completed, two each on both the Stadium and Tour Courses.  The Stadium Course (7,333 yards, par 72) is much tougher than the Tour Course (6,610 yards, par 70).  This difference was highlighted dramatically this year by Ireland’s Ruaidhri McGee who shot a round 1 64 on the Tour before following it with an 87 on the Stadium on day 2.

Following today’s 72 hole Top 70 and Ties cut (which fell at -1) the field has been reduced to 78 players – with 26 coming from GB&I. Those players who have made the Final Stage Q-School cut are now eligible for Category 21 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour.  Those who have failed to make the cut are eligible for Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour.

A final 36 holes around the Stadium Course will now be completed.  For those who have made the cut the playing targets for the 2015/16 season will be raised higher. The Top 25 and Ties at the end of play on Thursday will each receive the ‘golden ticket’ – a Category 16 membership of the European Tour and Category 5 membership of the Challenge Tour.

European Tour QS

So let’s take stock after 72 holes and with the 2015 Q-School cut having fallen.

England’s Daniel Gavins and Chris Hanson share the Q-School lead after 72 holes.  Another 9 GB&I players are currently lying in the all important Top 25 places.  It is interesting to note that four of these are seasoned Pros, Ross McGowan, David DixonDamian McGrane and Richard Finch.  The star of this year’s Open Championship Paul Dunne shot a 68 on the Stadium to move nicely into position in T18.  Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult will be disappointed with today’s 76 but should be very proud of his current T8 position – let’s hope he can finish off the job.

The group that made the cut but will need to play extra well over the next two days to secure their cards also includes some experienced names such as Mark Foster, Kenneth Ferrie and Richard McEvoy.  Younger pros like Kevin Phelan, Joshua White, Ryan Evans and Josh Loughrey have also done well and are more than capable of good finishes.  Spain’s Scott Fernandez is the only other amateur to make the cut.

Jordan Smith and Jordan Wrisdale were unlucky to just miss the cut after brave 65’s on the Tour course; sadly both scores ended up being insufficient to remedy poor first rounds.  Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, 22 tomorrow, both fell short of joining their fellow 2015 Walker Cup teammate Dunne in the final stages.  Other notable former amateur stars Jack SeniorBradley Neil and Max Orrin also missed out.

Listed below are the complete Final Stage results for all of the GB&I players (and the three amateurs that are competing).

MADE CUT (INSIDE TOP 25 & TIES)

T1 Daniel Gavins ENG 71 65 66 68 (-14)
T1 Chris Hanson ENG 70 63 66 71 (-14)
T8 Gary King ENG 64 72 64 74 (-10)
T8 Marcus Kinhult (AM) SWE 66 67 65 76 (-10)
T10 Ross McGowan ENG 69 69 64 73 (-9)
T10 David Dixon ENG 72 68 64 71 (-9)
T14 James Robinson ENG 72 69 64 71 (-8)
T14 Damien McGrane IRE 71 68 66 71 (-8)
T14 Matthew Southgate ENG 72 66 68 70 (-8)
T18 Paul Dunne IRE 71 68 70 68 (-7)
T24 Laurie Canter ENG 67 69 68 74 (-6)
T24 Richard Finch ENG 69 66 70 73 (-6)

MADE CUT (OUTSIDE TOP 25 & TIES)

T34 David Law SCO 67 72 68 72 (-5)
T34 Peter Whiteford SCO 74 70 67 68 (-5)
T34 Mark Foster ENG 71 68 67 73 (-5)
T39 Kenneth Ferrie ENG 70 69 64 77 (-4)
T39 Richard McEvoy ENG 66 74 69 71 (-4)
T44 Kevin Phelan IRE 70 72 66 73 (-3)
T51 Scott Fernandez (AM) ESP 64 72 67 79 (-2)
T51 Joshua White ENG 68 74 73 67 (-2)
T51 Charlie Ford ENG 71 71 73 67 (-2)
T51 Ryan Evans ENG 67 72 70 73 (-2)
T51 Josh Loughrey ENG 72 72 69 69 (-2)
T51 Simon Thornton IRE 71 67 73 71 (-2)
T51 Paul Shields SCO 67 70 68 77 (-2)
T66 Paul Howard ENG 73 67 68 75 (-1)
T66 Matthew Nixon ENG 72 76 68 67 (-1)
T66 Stuart Manley WAL 66 74 69 74 (-1)

MISSED CUT

T79 Jordan Smith ENG 76 71 72 65 (E)
T85 Jordan Wrisdale ENG 74 72 74 65 (+1)
T92 Ashley Chesters ENG 73 69 74 70 (+2)
T92 Sam Walker ENG 68 76 74 68 (+2)
T92 Scott Henry SCO 71 69 70 76 (+2)
T92 Jimmy Mullen ENG 74 69 75 68 (+2)
T105 Robert Coles ENG 72 68 74 73 (+3)
T105 Jack Doherty SCO 69 73 75 70 (+3)
T105 Steven Brown ENG 73 71 71 72 (+3)
T105 Matt Wallace ENG 71 76 72 68 (+3)
T105 Ross Kellett SCO 75 65 70 77 (+3)
T115 Jack Senior ENG 74 68 74 72 (+4)
T115 Bradley Neil SCO 73 69 76 70 (+4)
T115 Robin Roussel (AM) FRA 70 72 74 72 (+4)
T121 Jamie Rutherford ENG 71 71 77 70 (+5)
T124 Tom Murray ENG 69 72 69 80 (+6)
T124 Ruaidhri McGee IRE 64 87 73 66 (+6)
T129 Brian Casey IRE 76 69 75 71 (+7)
T142 Peter Tarver-Jones ENG 74 75 76 71 (+12)
T142 Nick Dougherty ENG 76 74 75 71 (+12)
T145 Mark Laskey WAL 72 74 76 75 (+13)

WD   George Murray SCO 76 70 79 WD
WD   Max Orrin ENG 76 66 79 WD
DQ   Peter Lawrie IRE 76 69 DQ

> Click Here For The Latest Final Stage Q-School Scores

ME.

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