13th November 2019 (Updated 20th November 2019)
The European Tour’s FINAL STAGE QUALIFYING event was played between 15th – 20th November 2019 at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain.
Lumine replaced PGA Catalunya Resort in 2017 and hosted Final Stage for the third consecutive time.
A total of six rounds or 108 holes were played over the venue’s two championship courses; the Lakes which plays 6,909 yards (par 71) and the Hills which is slightly longer at 6,975 yards (par 72).
Lumine Beach & Golf Club – 18th hole, Hills Course (Photo: http://www.lumine.com)
156 players from 28 different countries started Final Stage. 74 of them were exempt due to past performances and their previous status on the two tours, 79 were Second Stage Q-School qualifiers and the final 3 Second Stage Alternates (Gary STAL FRA, Mathias EGGENBERGER AUT and Filip MRUZEK CZH).
Bjarki PETURSSON (ISL) turned Pro ahead of Final Stage which meant that no amateurs were competing in the event this year.
40 Great British & Irish players made the original lineup, 23 coming through Second Stage with the remainder being exempt. Unfortunately Paul DUNNE (IRE) withdrew before play commenced with a wrist injury taking our starters down to 39.
77 players on -4 or better made the four round Top 70 cut and went on to play the final 36 holes exclusively on the Lakes Course. 22 GB&I players were amongst this number.
28 players finished tied 25th or better to earn a ‘full’ membership category on both the European and Challenge Tours for the 2020 season.
Benjamin POKE (DEN) earned medalist honours with a superb -25 total score.
8 GB&I players secured their cards – well done to Laurie CANTER (ENG), Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG), Marcus ARMITAGE (ENG), Bradley DREDGE (WAL), Jonathan CALDWELL (NIR), Dave COUPLAND (ENG), Toby TREE (ENG) and Dale WHITNELL (ENG).
Daniel YOUNG (SCO) and Tom GANDY (IOM) sadly missed out by one shot finishing tied 29th.
On average over the last 5 years the Final Stage medalist has received 29 European Tour starts whilst the 25th placed qualifier has garnered 19. Every finishing place therefore matters.
The players who made the 72 hole cut but finished outside the Top 25 also earned a membership category on the European Challenge Tour.
I have specifically followed all of the Great British and Irish (GB&I) professionals, First Stage and Second Stage Qualifying medalists and a few other overseas ‘players of interest’. Here’s how they all finished: –
PLAYERS T25 OR BETTER EARNING A EUROPEAN TOUR CARD
1st -25 Benjamin POKE (DEN) WINNER
T5 -16 Rasmus HØJGAARD (DEN)
T5 -16 Laurie CANTER (ENG)
T13 -14 Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T13 -14 Marcus ARMITAGE (ENG) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T17 -13 Bradley DREDGE (WAL)
T17 -13 Jonathan CALDWELL (NIR) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T17 -13 Dave COUPLAND (ENG) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T17 -13 Toby TREE (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T25 -12 Dale WHITNELL (ENG)
PLAYERS FINISHING T70 OR BETTER WHO MADE THE 72 HOLE CUT
T29 -11 Daniel YOUNG (SCO) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T29 -11 Wilco NIENABER (RSA) TURNED PRO 7/19 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T29 -11 Tom GANDY (IoM) –1st Stage Hardelot / 2nd Stage Alenda
T34 -10 Steven TILEY (ENG)
T34 -10 Craig HOWIE (SCO) – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T44 -8 Niall KEARNEY (IRE) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T44 -8 David DIXON (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T44 -8 Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE)
T51 -7 Nicolai HØJGAARD (DEN)
T51 -7 Matthew BALDWIN (ENG)
T51 -7 Marc WARREN (SCO)
T57 -6 Jordan WRISDALE (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T57 -6 Ewen FERGUSON (SCO)
T57 -6 Daniel GAVINS (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T65 -4 Euan WALKER (SCO) TURNED PRO 9/19 – 2nd Stage Las Colinas
67th -3 Aron ZEMMER (ITA) – 1st Stage Bogogno / 2nd Stage Bonmont WINNER
T68 -2 Ben STOW (ENG)
PLAYERS WHO MISSED THE 72 HOLE T70 CUT
T78 -3 Ben EVANS (ENG)
T78 -3 Liam JOHNSTON (SCO)
T78 -3 Robin DAWSON (IRE) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T91 -1 Blake WINDRED (AUS) TURNED PRO 10/19 – 2nd Stage Desert Springs WINNER
T91 -1 Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/19 –1st Stage Frilford Heath / 2nd Stage Alenda
T96 Ev Björn HELLGREN (SWE) – 1st Stage Arlandastad WINNER / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T96 Ev Chris CANNON (ENG) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T96 Ev Scott GREGORY (ENG) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T96 Ev Lauri RUUSKA (FIN) – 1st Stage Fleesensee WINNER / 2nd Stage Bonmont
T106 +1 Ross MCGOWAN (ENG)
T106 +1 Will ENEFER (ENG) – 1st Stage Fleesensee / 2nd Stage Bonmont
T106 +1 Rhys ENOCH (WAL)
T106 +1 Gary KING (ENG) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T120 +3 Thomas ROSENMÜLLER (GER) TURNED PRO 10/19 – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T120 +3 Bjarki PETURSSON (ISL) TURNED PRO 11/19 – 1st Stage Fleesensee / 2nd Stage Bonmont
T120 +3 Jimmy JONES (CAN) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas WINNER
T131 +5 Jonathan THOMSON (ENG) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T131 +5 Louis HIRST (ENG) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T134 +6 Ben BRISCOE (WAL) – 1st Stage Arlandastad / 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T134 +6 Jarand Ekelund ARNOY (NOR) – 1st Stage Stoke by Nayland / 2nd Stage Alenda WINNER
T138 +7 David MICHELUZZI (AUS) TURNED PRO 10/19 – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T138 +7 Michael HOEY (NIR) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T145 +8 Lee SLATTERY (ENG)
151 +15 Matteo MANASSERO (ITA)
152 +16 Steve WEBSTER (ENG)
WD Jamie DONALDSON (WAL) after Rd 2 (+2)
WD Paul DUNNE (IRE) before Rd 1
Click this link to view the European Tour website’s full – FINAL STAGE Q-SCHOOL RESULTS
THE 2019 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 sprint has grown into potentially a 252 hole marathon.
Nowadays there are three stages of stroke play qualifying, First, Second and Final.
The 2019 European Tour Q-School entrance fee is £1,800 or €2,030 (2018: €2,000).
Some entrants are exempted straight into Second Stage or Final Stage based on their past results and ranking.
First Stage consisted of nine 72 hole stroke play qualifying events split into five Sections, A, B, C, D and E.
A total of 842 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 185 (22%) progressing to Second Stage. 83 of these were amateurs with a further 17 newly turned professionals. Of the First Stage qualifiers 22 started out as amateurs.
For a recap on the nine First Stage competitions played between 3rd September and 12th October please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2019 First Stage Preview & Results
The Second Qualifying Stage consisted of four separate 72-hole events played at Alenda Golf, Club de Golf Bonmont, Desert Springs GC and Las Colinas G&CC, all in Spain, concurrently on 7th-10th November 2019. The Alenda and Bonmont events required a fifth day due to strong winds.
183 of the 185 First Stage qualifiers were joined at Second Stage by those players who were exempt from the preliminary round due to their performances on the 2019 European Tour, Challenge Tour and other feeder / satellite tours.
The two missing First Stage qualifiers were, James NICHOLAS (USA) AM (1st Stage Bom Sucesso, Portugal) and Jordan NIEBRUGGE (USA) (1st Stage, Stoke-by-Nayland, England), who withdrew from the European Tour Qualifying Series after also qualifying for the Second Stage of the Korn Ferry Qualifying Series.
Exemptions into Second Stage were also given to the leading five Q-School entrants as at 21st August 2019, up to a limit of 15th place, in the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. As a result of this David MICHELUZZI (AUS) and Euan WALKER (SCO) were both exempted into Second Stage this year.
325 players started Second Stage with 82 progressing (including three Alternates) to Final Stage. 18 players competed as amateurs.
For a recap on the nine First Stage competitions played between 3rd September and 12th October please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2019 Second Stage Preview & Results
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