7th November 2016
The European Tour’s Second Qualifying Stage came to an exciting conclusion earlier today in Spain.
From the 322 players competing at the four qualifying courses just 71 secured spots at the Final Qualifying Stage.
No amateur entrants have made it through to the Final Qualifying Stage. David BOOTE (WAL) coming closest – he missed out in a play-off at Las Colinas.
The bad news for today’s qualifiers is they will now be joined by 85 ‘stronger’ players who are all exempt into the Final Stage.
The marathon continues next Saturday 12th November at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain. There are still 108 holes of nerve wracking golf to be played at the Stadium and Tour Courses. After all that golf the top 25 and ties will be awarded a well deserved 2017 European Tour card.
Meanwhile here is my report on the Second Stage results: –
CAMPO DE GOLF EL SALER – 7,057 yards, Par 72 – 81 entries
Click here for the – El Saler Results
The medalist at El Saler was Fabian MARTY (FRA) with a -14 72-hole score.
Just three Great British and Irish (GB&I) players qualified from El Saler where 17 spots were allocated. These were Daniel GAVINS (ENG) -12 3rd, Curtis GRIFFITHS (ENG) -9 6th and Ashley CHESTERS (ENG) -8 T7 (67, 73, 73, 67).
Chesters who turned Pro following the 2015 Walker Cup impressively shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to come through the field and secure his place at the Final Qualifying Stage.
German Christopher CARSTENSEN, who turned Pro ahead of this Second Stage event, performed admirably too. His -6 total saw him finish T10 and assured he would be on the bus to PGA Catalunya.
Notable players to miss out were Chester’s Walker Cup teammates Cormac SHARVIN (IRE) -3 T18 (68, 73, 73, 71), Ewen FERGUSON (SCO) -2 T24 (74, 69, 74, 69) and Jack MCDONALD (SCO) +8 T64 (78, 75, 75, 68).
Scottish amateur Liam JOHNSTON also fell short after rounds of 70, 78, 70 and 76 saw him finish T57 on +6. The only other amateur competing at El Saler, Nicholas SMITS (NED), finished T68 on +12.
Looking at some of the new Pros from across Europe, Robin SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA) qualified alongside Chesters in T7 place but highly rated pair Marcus KINHULT (SWE) and Adrian MERONK (PLD) both missed out with -1 T30 finishes. Kinhult earned a European Tour card last year alongside fellow amateur Paul DUNNE (IRE). Whilst Dunne retained his card the younger Kinhult has generally struggled, perhaps lacking the experience and maturity to cope with the demands of Pro life. He is of course too good not to make it back to the big time soon.
As El Saler provided just 17 qualifiers, whereas the other three venues had 18 spots, the alternates will come from this site.
LAS COLINAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB – 6,974 yards, Par 71 – 80 entries
Click here for the – Las Colinas Results
The medalist at Las Colinas was Oscar LENGDEN (SWE) with a -15 total.
Las Colinas proved to be a successful hunting ground for GB&I players. Stuart MANLEY (WAL) -13 2nd, Grant FORREST (SCO) -8 5th, Gary HURLEY (IRE) -6 7th, Bradley NEIL (SCO) -5 T9, Kevin PHELAN (IRE) -5 T9, Peter WHITEFORD (SCO) T13 and James ALLAN (ENG) -2 T17 were all amongst the successful 18 qualifiers.
Grant Forrest (67, 68, 74, 67) and Gary Hurley (69, 64, 75, 70), 2015 Walker Cup players, as well as 2014 Amateur Champion Bradley Neil were the obvious standouts for me here.
Amateur David BOOTE (WAL) and Matthew NIXON (ENG) will feel hard done by. Both finished on -2 T17 but missed out in the 5-man play-off which saw Allan progress with Italy’s Andrea MAESTRONI.
2015 English Amateur champion Joe DEAN (ENG) was left rueing a poor Sunday round 3. His +4 score, after rounds of 68, 69, 79 and 72, saw him finish T39.
There was no joy for the amateurs in the Las Colinas field. Gregoire SCHOEB (FRA) paid for two poor weekend rounds finishing on +2 T34. Matias CALDERON (Chile) +8 T50, Cameron SHAW (ENG) +18 67th and Mauro ANDERI (GER) +21 69th were unfortunately well off the pace.
LUMINE GOLF & BEACH CLUB – 6,909 yards, Par 71 – 81 entries
Click here for the – Lumine Results
The medalist at Lumine was David LAW (SCO) with a -12 score at the Tarragona course.
Lumine proved to be another good qualifying venue for GB&I players. Joining Law were Robert COLES (ENG) -11 2nd, Ross KELLETT (SCO) -10 T3, Billy HEMSTOCK (ENG) -10 T3, Mark FOSTER (ENG) -7 T9, Nathan KIMSEY (ENG) -7 T9, Steve SURRY (ENG) -6 T15 and Charlie BULL (ENG) -6 T15.
Steve Surry and Charlie Bull both negotiated an 8 man play off for the final 4 Lumine spots. Unfortunately Ruaidhri MCGEE (IRE) and new Spanish pro Ivan CANTERO GUTIERREZ were unable to join them. French pair Jérôme LANDO CASANOVA and Olivier ROZNER picked up the two other available places. 18 players progressed from Lumine in total.
Daniel YOUNG (SCO) (72, 72, 72, 69) +1 T48 and Ashton TURNER (ENG) (68, 71, 72, 77) +4 T59 were amongst the notable GB&I players to fall at the second qualifying hurdle.
Amateur’s Max SCHMITT (GER) finished on +1 T48 after rounds of 70, 70, 74 and 71 whilst England’s Ben AMOR was only able to deliver his best golf in the third round as he finished on +6 64th (74, 77, 66, 73).
Paul HOWARD (ENG) (71, 72, 73) and Jamie SAVAGE (SCO) (73, 69, 70) both retired after the third round with injuries.
PANORAMICA GOLF & SPORT RESORT – 7,030 yards, Par 72 – 80 entries
Click here for the – Panoramica Results
Medalist at Panoramica was Paul MADDY (ENG) with a -19 total. Despite this being the easiest of the four courses Paul’s rounds of 68, 69, 67 and 65 were hugely impressive and saw him sprinting through the finish line.
The other GB&I players to join him, amongst the 18 qualifiers here, were Laurie CANTER (ENG) -17 2nd, Charlie FORD (ENG) -15 3rd, Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG) -12 T4 and finally Jack HARRISON (ENG) -8 T17.
Harrison came through a 4 for 2 play-off which unfortunately saw William HAROLD (ENG) -8 T17 miss out.
English trio Thomas SHADBOLT (67, 70, 72, 72), Stiggy HODGSON (67, 70, 71, 73) and Jamie DICK (71, 67, 71, 72) who all finished on -7 T21 will all be wishing they could play their final rounds again.
Welshman Richard JAMES will also be wondering what happened. He couldn’t have made a much better start with rounds of 69 and 66 but sadly fell away with a finishing 76 and 78.
English amateur Adam CHAPMAN (+3) finished T51. Two 76’s in rounds 2 and 4 effectively killing off any chances he had after an opening 69.
Will ENEFER (ENG), who turned pro before the event, finished on +12 68th after rounds of 74, 73, 77 and 76. The Shropshire youngster will now have to continue his golfing education on the development tours.
Irish 2015 Walker Cup player Jack HUME (IRE) withdrew with a neck injury after opening rounds of 75 and 77.
Two Europeans who turned pro before competing at Panoramica, Thomas PERROT (FRA) and Lars VAN MEIJEL (NED), both just missed out finishing together on -6 T28 alongside England’s Billy SPOONER.
For further background information on the 2016 European Tour Q-School please take a look at my previous posts: –
European Tour Q-School – 2016 Second Stage Preview (14/10/16 & 03/11/16)
European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Results (07/10/16)
European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Preview (11/09/16)
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