European Tour Q-School – 2018 First Stage Preview & Results

September / October 2018

Once again I will be following all of the amateur players and some selected Great British & Irish professionals through the 2018 European Tour Qualifying School series.

There are four sections to this first article which covers FIRST STAGE QUALIFYING: –
1) the latest qualifying events taking place (Section B);
2) the results to date (Section A);
3) the entry details for the events still to be played (Section C and D); and
4) some background on the full 2018 European Tour Qualifying Series.

1. CURRENT EVENTS

Next up it’s the Section B Qualifiers at Stoke By Nayland and Ebreichsdorf which start on Tuesday 18th September.

18th – 21st September 2018

SECTION B – STOKE BY NAYLAND GOLF & SPA, ENGLAND

Entries – 77 players
James ALLAN (ENG)
Dan BROWN (ENG)
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL)
Colin FAIRWEATHER (N.I.)
Dermot MCELROY (N.I.)
Joshua MCMAHON (ENG) AM
Bradley MOORE (ENG)
Jacob OAKLEY (ENG) AM
Alasdair PLUMB (ENG) AM
Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) AM
Matt SAULEZ (RSA) AM
James WALKER (ENG)

Qualified

Did Not Qualify

James NEWTON (ENG) AM +11 MC54
Kieran LYNCH (IRE) AM +23 MC54

Click here for the full – Stoke By Nayland Q-School Results

SECTION B – EBREICHSDORF GC, AUSTRIA (18-21 September)

Entries – 116 players
Elliot AZOULAY (FRA) AM
Philip BOOTSMA (NED)
Ross CAMERON (SCO)
Perry COHEN (SUI) AM
Peter DALLAT (IRE) AM
Brandon DIETZEL (GER) AM
Erik DULIK (USA) AM
Martin FARFAL (FRA) AM
Jeremy FREIBURGHAUS (SUI) AM
Oliver GILLBERG (SWE) AM
Dan HEBENSTREIT (AUT) AM
Max HERRMANN (GER) AM
Alex HIETALA (FIN) AM
Christian KUMMERLE (GER) AM
Maximilian LECHNER (AUS) AM
Hurly LONG (GER) AM
Bryden MACPHERSON (AUS)
Aleksi MYLLYMAKI (FIN) AM
Sami VALIMAKI (FIN) AM
Jakob VAN DE FLIERDT (GER) AM
Noel WOERNHARD (SUI) AM

Qualified

Did Not Qualify

Click here for the full – Ebreichsdorf Q-School Results

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2. RESULTS TO DATE

11th – 14th September 2018

SECTION A – FLEESENSEE G&CC, GERMANY

Entries – 75 players started with 15 qualifying.

Qualified
Craig ROSS (SCO) -9 T7
Will ENEFER (ENG) -8 T10

Did Not Qualify
Alfonso BUENDIA (ESP) AM +14 MC54

Click here for the – Fleesensee Q-School Results

SECTION A – THE PLAYERS CLUB, ENGLAND (11-14 September)

Entries – 93 players started with 21 qualifying.

Qualified
Haydn MCCULLEN (ENG) -12 1st
Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/18 -10 2nd
Luke DONNELLY (IRE) -4 T3
Marco PENGE (ENG) Ev T9
Scott GREGORY (ENG) +1 11th
Richard MANSELL (ENG) +5 T18

Did Not Qualify
Owen EDWARDS (WAL) +6 T22
Billy MCKENZIE (ENG) AM +7 T26
Tom GANDY (IoM) +12 T45
James GLENN (USA) AM +16 55th
Jack YULE (ENG) +7 MC54
Jamie BOWER (ENG) +20 MC54

Click here for the – The Players Club Q-School Results

European Tour QS

3) UPCOMING FIRST STAGE QUALIFYING EVENTS

Here is the remaining First Stage Qualifying School event information: –

SECTION C – FRILFORD HEATH GC, ENGLAND (25-28 September)

Entries
Jean BEKIRIAN (FRA) AM
David BOOTE (WAL)
Dan BROWN (ENG) AM
Harry ELLIS (ENG)
JR GALBRAITH (N.I.)
Alex GLEESON (IRE)
Harrison GREENBERRY (ENG)
Stuart GREHAN (IRE)
Gary HURLEY (IRE)
Ben HUTCHENSON (ENG) AM
Ben JONES (ENG)  TURNING PRO 9/18 ?
Frederic LACROIX (FRA) AM
Simon LIDDELL (AUS) AM
Sam LOCKE (SCO)
Paul MCBRIDE (IRE)
Kyle MCCLATCHIE (RSA)
Nick POPPLETON (ENG) AM
Pavann SAGOO (ENG)
Nurtai SALDAROV (KAZ) AM
Arrun SINGH BRAR (ENG) AM
Tom SLOMAN (ENG) AM
Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG)
Alex STUBBS (ENG) AM
Ashton TURNER (ENG)
Will WHITEOAK (ENG)
Andrew WILSON (ENG) AM

Qualified

Did Not Qualify

Click here for the full – Frilford Heath Q-School Entries / Results

SECTION C – BOGOGNO GOLF CLUB, ITALY (25-28 September)

Entries
Giulio CASTAGNARA (ITA)
Edgar CATHERINE (FRA)
LUCA CIANCHETTI (ITA)
Angel HIDALGO (ESP) AM
Jae Jun HONG (KOR) AM
Takayuki MATSUI (ITA) AM
Gabriel NAVEAU (FRA) AM
Alfie PLANT (ENG)
Lorenzo SCALISE (ITA) TURNED PRO 9/18
Hunter STEWART (USA)
ZAN Luka STIRN (SVN) AM
Alessandro STUCCHI (ITA) AM
Vince VAN VEEN (NED) AM

Qualified

Did Not Qualify

Click here for the full – Bogogno Q-School Entries / Results

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SECTION D – GOLF D’HARDELOT, FRANCE (9-12 October)

Entries
Maxime BLANDIN (FRA) AM
Alan DE BONDT (BEL) AM
Ignacio ESTRADA (COL) AM
Sebastien GANDON (FRA) AM
Will HEFFERNAN (AUS) AM
Romain LANGASQUE (FRA)
Chris MACLEAN (SCO)
Jack MCDONALD (SCO)
Lucas MORENO (COL) AM
Felix MORY (FRA) AM
Sean TOWNDROW (ENG)
Victor VEYRET (FRA) AM

Qualified

Did Not Qualify

Click here for the full – Hardelot Q-School Entries / Results

SECTION D – BOM SUCESSO RESORT, PORTUGAL (9-12 October)

Entries
James ADAMS (ENG)
Rigel FERNANDES (ARG) AM
Andres FREIRE (ESP) AM
Xabi GOROSPE (ESP) AM
Michael HIRMER (GER) AM
Matias HONKALA (FIN) AM
Vitor LOPES (POR) AM
Steven ROBINS (ENG)
Conor O’ROURKE (IRE)
Popy SCHEZ-PALEMCIA (ESP) AM
Ramon VENTURA CAMP (ESP) AM
Jonathan YATES (IRE)
Daniel YOUNG (SCO)

Qualified

Did Not Qualify

Click here for the full – Bom Sucesso Q-School Entries / Results

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4) THE 2018 EUROPEAN TOUR QUALIFYING SCHOOL SERIES

The European Tour Qualifying School was first played in 1976, four years after the European Tour was founded. What started out as a 72 hole test has grown into potentially a 252 hole marathon.

Nowadays there are three stages of stroke play qualifying, First, Second and Final.

First Stage

This year the European Tour Q-School entrance fee has been increased to €2,000 (2017: €1,800).

Some entrants are exempted straight into Second Stage or Final Stage based on their past results and ranking.

One of these exemptions is available to the leading five Q-School entrants as at 29th August 2018, up to a limit of 15th place, in the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. As a result of this Matthew JORDAN (ENG), Robin DAWSON (IRE) and Todd CLEMENTS (ENG) will all start their journeys at Second Stage this year.

The First Qualifying Stage consists of eight events which are split into four Sections, A, B, C and D. Players are able to select their venue preferences upon application.

Each First Stage qualifier consists of 72 holes of stroke play golf.

The number of players able to progress to Second Stage from each event is announced by the Tour shortly after the final competitor has teed off. It is normally between 15-25 players or around 20% of the field that are allowed to move forward. All ties for the final qualifying place will also proceed.

There are 54-hole cuts at each of these qualifiers. Only those players who are within 7 shots of the final allocated qualifying place at this point play the final round.

Second Stage

The Second Qualifying Stage consists of four separate 72-hole events that will be played at Alenda Golf, Las Colinas G&CC, Desert Springs R&GC and Panoramica G&SR, all in Spain, concurrently on 2nd-5th November 2018.

Final Stage

The Final Qualifying Stage consists of 108 holes on the Lakes and Hills Courses at Lumine GC in Tarragona, Spain. Lumine replaced PGA Catalunya Resort in 2017 and will host Final Stage both the this year and in 2019. This competition will be played on 10th-15th November 2018.

The leading 25 players (plus those tied for 25th place) in the Final Stage competition will earn Category 16 Membership of The European Tour for the 2019 season.

ME.

Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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