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.

This article covers FIRST STAGE QUALIFYING which was concluded on 12th October 2018.

First Stage consisted of eight 72 hole stroke play qualifying events split into four Sections, A, B, C and D.

804 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 171 (21.3%) progressing to Second Stage. These numbers included 61 amateurs, 12 of which were successful.

Here are the Section A, B, C and D results and some further background on the full 2018 European Tour Qualifying Series: –

RESULTS

9th – 12th October 2018

SECTION D – GOLF D’HARDELOT, FRANCE

Entries – 114 players started with 24 qualifying.

Qualified
Kurt KITAYAMA (USA) -24 WINNER
Jack MCDONALD (SCO) -11 4th
Mike TOOROP (NED) AM -10 5th
Victor VEYRET (FRA) AM -6 T11

Did Not Qualify
Alan DE BONDT (BEL) AM -3 T25
Michael SAUNDERS (ENG) -1 T36
Will HEFFERNAN (AUS) AM -1 T36
Alexander CULVERWELL (SCO) +6 T58
Remco ZINKEN (NED) AM +5 MC54
Chris MACLEAN (SCO) +6 MC54
Louis DARTHENHAY (FRA) AM +9 MC54
Sean TOWNDROW (ENG) +10 MC54
Ben WHEELER (ENG) +13 MC54

Click here for the full – Hardelot Q-School Results

9th – 12th October 2018

SECTION D – BOM SUCESSO RESORT, PORTUGAL

Entries – 98 players started with 21 qualifying.

Qualified
Sebastian GARCIA RODRIGUEZ (ESP) -18 WINNER
Conor O’ROURKE (IRE) -4 T10
Daniel YOUNG (SCO) -3 T12

Did Not Qualify
Sam SAUNDERS (USA) Ev T23
Jonathan YATES (IRE) AM +1 T25
Steven ROBINS (ENG) +1 T25
Michael STEWART (SCO) +2 T30
Craig LAWRIE (SCO) +5 T38
Vitor LOPES (POR) AM +5 T38
James ADAMS (ENG) +6 T42
Andres FREIRE (ESP) AM +8 T48
Matias HONKALA (FIN) AM +7 MC54
Leo ANDEER (ALB) AM +12 MC54

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

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25th – 28th September 2018

SECTION C – FRILFORD HEATH GC, ENGLAND

Entries – 118 players started with 27 qualifying.

Qualified
Gary HURLEY (IRE) -9 WINNER
David BOOTE (WAL) -6 T2
Andrew WILSON (ENG) AM -6 T2
Nick POPPLETON (ENG) AM -5 T6
Ashton TURNER (ENG) -4 T10
Joshua WHITE (ENG) -2 T18
Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) AM -1 T24
Jack FLOYDD (ENG) AM -1 T24

Did Not Qualify
Pavann SAGOO (ENG) +1 T32
Kyle MCCLATCHIE (RSA) +1 T32
JR GALBRAITH (N.I.) +3 T40
Frederic LACROIX (FRA) AM +3 T40
Harrison GREENBERRY (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/18 +4 T51
Arrun SINGH BRAR (ENG) AM +5 T56
Nurtai SALDAROV (KAZ) AM +5 T56
Sam LOCKE (SCO) +5 T56
Jean BEKIRIAN (FRA) AM +5 T56
Dan BROWN (ENG) AM +6 T62
Oliver CLARKE (ENG) +7 T65
Brian CASEY (IRE) +7 T65
Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) AM +7 T65
Harry ELLIS (ENG) +9 72nd
Ben JONES (ENG) AM +10 73rd
Tomasz ANDERSON (ENG) +14 74th
Paul MCBRIDE (IRE) +7 MC54
John HICKEY (IRE) AM +7 MC54
Will WHITEOAK (ENG) +11 MC54
Tom SLOMAN (ENG) AM +11 MC54
Ryan BROOKS (ENG) AM +14 MC54
Stuart GREHAN (IRE) +15 MC54
Simon LIDDELL (AUS) AM +19 MC54
Connor O’BRIEN (ENG) AM +24 MC54

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

25th – 28th September 2018

SECTION C – BOGOGNO GOLF RESORT, ITALY

Entries – 112 players started with 24 qualifying.

Qualified
Leandro MARELLI (ARG) -19 WINNER
Angel HIDALGO (ESP) AM -14 T7
Hunter STEWART (USA) -13 T11
Lorenzo SCALISE (ITA) TURNED PRO 9/18 -11 T13
Cameron RAYMOND (IRE) -11 T13
Alfie PLANT (ENG) -9 T17
Vince VAN VEEN (NED) TURNED PRO 9/18 -8 T20

Did Not Qualify
Zan Luka STIRN (SVN) AM -1 T43
Luca CIANCHETTI (ITA) -2 T40
Alessandro STUCCHI (ITA) TURNED PRO 9/18 +8 T53
Giulio CASTAGNARA (ITA) AM +8 MC54
Gabriel NAVEAU (FRA) AM +10 MC54
Davide BUCHI (ITA) AM +11 MC54
Paul PIEDELIEVRE (FRA) AM +12 MC54
Edgar CATHERINE (FRA) WD MC54
Jae Jun HONG (KOR) AM DQ MC54

Click here for the full – Bogogno Q-School Results

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18th – 21st September 2018

SECTION B – STOKE BY NAYLAND GOLF & SPA, ENGLAND

Entries – 78 players started with 16 qualifying.

Qualified
Jamie ABBOTT (ENG) -8 WINNER
Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) AM -7 2nd
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL) -6 3rd
Joshua MCMAHON (ENG) AM +3 T13
Bradley MOORE (ENG) +3 T13

Did Not Qualify
James ALLAN (ENG) +4 T17
Dermot MCELROY (N.I.) +5 T22
Alasdair PLUMB (ENG) AM +5 T22
James WALKER (ENG) +6 T25
Daniel BROWN (ENG) +8 T31
Colin FAIRWEATHER (N.I.) +9 T34
Jacob OAKLEY (ENG) AM +10 T36
Michael RYAN (ENG) AM +13 T41
Matt SAULEZ (RSA) AM +16 45th
James NEWTON (ENG) AM +11 MC54
Kieran LYNCH (IRE) AM +23 MC54

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

18th – 21st September 2018

SECTION B – EBREICHSDORF GC, AUSTRIA

Entries – 116 players started with 23 qualifying.

Qualified
Casey WITTENBERG (USA) -18 WINNER
Perry COHEN (SUI) AM -13 T5
Maximilian LECHNER (AUS) AM -12 T7
Dan HEBENSTREIT (AUT) AM -10 T13
Bryden MACPHERSON (AUS) -9 T20
Ross CAMERON (SCO) -9 T20

Did Not Qualify
Hurly LONG (GER) AM -8 T24
Max HERRMANN (GER) AM -5 T36
Brandon DIETZEL (GER) AM -5 T36
Martin FARFAL (FRA) AM -5 T36
Jeremy FREIBURGHAUS (SUI) AM -3 T49
Jakob VAN DE FLIERDT (GER) AM -2 T51
Alex HIETALA (FIN) AM +3 T70
Oliver GILLBERG (SWE) TURNED PRO 9/18 +1 MC54
Aleksi MYLLYMAKI (FIN) AM +3 MC54
Erik DULIK (USA) AM +6 MC54
Elliot AZOULAY (FRA) TURNED PRO 9/18 +8 MC54
Peter DALLAT (IRE) AM +9 MC54
Philip BOOTSMA (NED) AM +10 MC54
Noel WOERNHARD (SUI) AM +16 MC54
Christian KUMMERLE (GER) AM +19 MC54

Click here for the full – Ebreichsdorf Q-School Results

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11th – 14th September 2018

SECTION A – FLEESENSEE G&CC, GERMANY

Entries – 75 players started with 15 qualifying.

Qualified
Frederik DREIER (DEN) -13 WINNER
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

11th – 14th September 2018

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

Entries – 93 players started with 21 qualifying.

Qualified
Haydn MCCULLEN (ENG) -12 WINNER
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

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.

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.

First Stage

First Stage consists of eight 72 hole stroke play qualifying events split into four Sections, A, B, C and D.

Around 20% of each field, normally 15-30 players, progress from each event.

A 54-hole cut, where players need to be within 7 shots of the final allocated qualifying place, reduces the field for the final round. Ties for the final qualifying place at the end of play proceed too.

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, all in Spain, concurrently on 2nd-5th November 2018.

El Encin GH on the outskirts of Madrid was announced as a replacement venue for Panoramica G&SR on 9th October. El Encin is a former host of the Madrid Masters and the Challenge Tour’s Challenge de Madrid. Presumably Panoramica failed the final European Tour inspection.

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 17 Membership of The European Tour for the 2019 season.

Those who make the 72 hole cut but finish outside the Top 25 will earn Category 22 membership of the European Challenge Tour.

ME.

Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

European Tour Q-School – 2017 Final Stage Results

16th November 2017

Sam HORSFIELD (21) won the 2017 Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School at Lumine Golf & Beach Club in Tarragona, Spain.

The Florida-based Englishman was simply too good for Lumine’s Hills and Lakes courses and for that matter the rest of the field.

His final -27 score, with all six rounds in the 60’s and a best of the day final round of 63 (-8), saw him win the 108 hole event by an impressive 8 shots.

Following in the footsteps of Nathan KIMSEY last year he becomes the second player in a row and the third in total to come through all three stages of Q-School and win.

Horsfield left the University of Florida in May 2017 after his sophomore year had concluded. He had enjoyed a superb freshman year in US College golf in 2015/16 but had been inconsistent in this his second year, distracted by trialling equipment ahead of his move into the paid ranks.

A former amateur world number 1 and arguably Britain’s strongest golfing prospect in the last few years this victory should come as no surprise to anyone.

After a few starts on the PGA Tour Sam chose to try his hand in Europe this summer and received invitations to three late season tournaments. He made the cut at both the Made in Denmark (T49 -3) and Portugal Masters (T59 -4) but missed out at the KLM Open (T99 +3). In summary a steady if unspectacular start to his pro career.

His 2017 European Tour year to date earnings of €12,800 have now been more than doubled by the Final Q-School winner’s cheque of €16,000.

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Sam Horsfield – Winner of the European Tour’s 2017 Q-School (Photo: @hr59sam)

Connor SYME (22) finished tied 9th on -17, continuing his seamless transition over the last 2 months from amateur golf and the 2017 Walker Cup match to the professional game.

Jonathan THOMSON (21) finished tied 18th on -14 capping a great season for the Yorkshireman. He finished 9th on the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit and also showed he belonged on the European Tour with strong performances at both the D+D REAL Czech Masters (T54) and Portugal Masters (T25).

It was also good to see Gavin MOYNIHAN (23) progress. The Irishman, who played in both the 2013 and 2015 Walker Cups finished tied 25th on -13. After finishing 19th on the Challenge Tour’s 2017 Order of Merit he has clearly taken another important step forward this week.

English pair James HEATH and Ben EVANS should also be congratulated too, having fought their way into the Top 25 and ties on the final day. They both shot 66 (-5) when it mattered most in Round 6.

Horsfield, and the other players who finished in the top 25 and tied for 25th place, can now look forward to 2018 with confidence and the foundation of Category 17 and 5 cards for the European Tour and Challenge Tour respectively.

156 golfers started out in the Final Stage marathon with 49 from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) – 31.4% of the field.

After a 72 holes cut, following two rounds on each of Lumine’s courses, 74 players remained representing those that had finished 70th and tied.

27 GB&I players made the cut with 12 going on to achieve 2018 European Tour Category 17 playing privileges. In total 33 players finished in the Top 25 and tied places.

Here is a summary of the GB&I results showing each player’s Q-School entry point, finishing place and score as well as their 2018 European Tour (ET) and Challenge Tour (CT) categories: –

Results

Click here to view the European Tour’s – Lumine Final Stage Results

Top 25 – ET cat. 17 / CT cat. 5

Sam HORSFIELD (ENG) – First Stage  1st (-27)
Charlie FORD (ENG) – Final Stage  T2 (-19)
Mark FOSTER (ENG) – Second Stage  T9 (-17)
Connor SYME (SCO) – Second Stage  T9 (-17)
Laurie CANTER (ENG) – Second Stage  T12 (-16)
Ross MCGOWAN (ENG) – Final Stage  T15 (-15)
James HEATH (ENG) – Final Stage  T18 (-14)
Jonathan THOMSON (ENG) – First Stage  T18 (-14)
Matthew BALDWIN (ENG) – Second Stage  T18 (-14)
Ben EVANS (ENG) – Final Stage  T25 (-13)
Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) – Final Stage  T25 (-13)
Matthew NIXON (ENG) – Final Stage  T25 (-13)

72 Hole Cut Made (Top 70 and Ties) – ET cat. 22 / CT cat. 9

Marcus ARMITAGE (ENG) – Second Stage  T34 (-12)
Tom MURRAY (ENG) – Final Stage  T37 (-11)
Chris LLOYD (ENG) – Second Stage  T37 (-11)
Robert MACINTYRE (SCO) – Second Stage  T37 (-11)
David LAW (SCO) – Second Stage  T42 (-10)
Tom LEWIS (ENG) – Final Stage  T42 (-10)
Paul HOWARD (ENG) – Final Stage  T42 (-10)
Nathan KIMSEY (ENG) – Final Stage  T50 (-9)
Scott HENRY (SCO) – Second Stage  T54 (-8)
Steve WEBSTER (ENG) – Final Stage  T54 (-8)
Stuart MANLEY (WAL) – Second Stage  T58 (-7)
Steven TILEY (ENG) – Second Stage  T58 (-7)
Ruaidhri MCGEE (IRE) – Second Stage  T62 (-6)
Simon KHAN (ENG) – Final Stage  T68 (-2)
Paul MADDY (ENG) – Second Stage  T68 (-2)

Amateurs
Adri ARNAUS (ESP) – First Stage  T65 (-5)  – Adri turned pro after the 4th round
Kim KOIVU (FIN) – First Stage  T68 (-2)

Missed Cut – CT cat. 15 (72 holes played)

Ewen FERGUSON (SCO) – Second Stage  T75 (-1)
Ross KELLETT (SCO) – Second Stage  T75 (-1)
Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG) – Second Stage  T82 (Ev)
Matt FORD (ENG) – Final Stage  T82 (Ev)
Grant FORREST (SCO) – Final Stage  T82 (Ev)
Oliver WILSON (ENG) – Final Stage  T82 (Ev)
Joe DEAN (ENG) – First Stage  T94 (+1)
Toby TREE (ENG) – Second Stage  T94 (+1)
Cormac SHARVIN (N.I.) – Second Stage  T94 (+1)
John PARRY (ENG) – Second Stage  T103 (+2)
Scott GREGORY (ENG) – Second Stage  T103 (+2)
Max ORRIN (ENG) – Second Stage  T112 (+3)
Simon DYSON (ENG) – Final Stage  T112 (+3)
Dan BROWN (ENG) – First Stage  T112 (+3)
Dermot MCELROY (N.I.) – First Stage  T121 (+5)
Chris DOAK (SCO) – Second Stage  T121 (+5)
Richard MCEVOY (ENG) – Final Stage  T121 (+5)
Sam HUTSBY (ENG) – Second Stage  T132 (+7)
Rhys ENOCH (WAL) – Second Stage  T136 (+8)
Robert DINWIDDIE (ENG) – Second Stage  T144 (+11)
Duncan STEWART (SCO) – Final Stage  T147 (+13)
Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG) – Final Stage  WD (+11, after 3 rounds)

Amateurs
Oliver GILLBERG (SWE) – First Stage  T94 (+1)

European Tour QS

FINAL STAGE Q-SCHOOL REWARDS

At the conclusion of play the leading 25 players (and ties) were eligible for Category 17 membership of the European Tour and Category 5 membership of the Challenge Tour for the 2018 season.

With regard to Category 17 the European Tour will be adopting a new structure in 2018. The Top 10 Q-School finishers will be ranked first, followed by those players who finished 101st-110th in the 2017 Race To Dubai and finally the 11th-25th Q-School leading finishers.

The leading 70 players (and ties) who made the 72-hole cut will be handed Category 22 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour.

Those who missed the cut will receive Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour.

The final Q-School finishing positions are important when it comes to determining each player’s standing in each Category and as such their actual playing opportunities next season.

The 2017 Final Q-School has a total prize fund of €150,000. The winner receives €16,000 with those finishing in the Top 25 (and ties) reducing amounts down to €1,860.

FINAL STAGE Q-SCHOOL BACKGROUND

The competition was played over 108 holes on Lumine’s Lakes (6,909 yards, par 71) and Hills (6,975 yards, par 72) Courses.

Whilst Lumine’s Lakes Course has hosted one of the Second Stage events for some time this is the first time the Club has been used for Final Stage Qualifying. The PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona has hosted the Finals for the last 9 years.

Lumine Beach & Golf Club – 18th hole, Hills Course (Photo: http://www.lumine.com)

70 players were exempted into the Q-School process at the Final Stage. Amongst this number are many experienced pros and previous European Tour winners. If reaching this Stage isn’t hard enough make no mistake the bar is once again raised at the Finals.

Eight First Stage and four Second Stage events were completed in recent months in the 2017 Q-School series. 176 players progressed from the former to Second Stage whilst 86 advanced from the latter to the Finals.

For a recap on these 2017 Q-School competitions please read my earlier articles: –

European Tour Q-School – 2017 First Stage Preview & Results

European Tour Q-School – 2017 Second Stage Preview & Results

Last year England’s Nathan KIMSEY (-13) won the Final Stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School series at the PGA Catalunya Resort.

Nathan was just the second player to come right through from First Stage to win Q-School outright.

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Nathan Kimsey – Winner of the European Tour’s 2016 Q-School (Photo: @ETQSchool)

Sadly Nathan wasn’t able to retain his European Tour card during the 2017 season and as you can see above finished tied 50th this week.

In fact just three players retained their playing status from the 30 2016 Q-School graduates. These were Eddie PEPPERELL (ENG), Edoardo MOLINARI (ITA) – who finished 44th and 66th on the Race To Dubai regular season standings – and Ashley CHESTERS (ENG), who was 110th but 8th on the Access List.

The introduction of the Rolex Series and the ever rising standard of play means that making the most of a good finish at Q-School is unquestionably getting harder each year.

Well done to the 33 2017 Q-School graduates. Enjoy your achievements this week and best wishes for next season.

ME.

Copyright © 2017, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

European Tour Q-School – 2017 Second Stage Preview & Results

October / November 2017

The Second Stage QSchool Results can be found at the bottom of this article.

The Second Stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School started on Friday 3rd November at four venues in Spain.

The 72 hole competitions were all to be played over four days with no cut. However, following strong winds Sunday’s Round 3 at the Panoramica course was postponed. This Qualifier therefore finished on Tuesday, a day later than the others.

The fields included the 176 players that qualified from the eight First Stage events.

For a recap on the First Stage competitions and specifically on the progress of the Great British and Irish (GB&I) amateurs and new professionals please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2017 First Stage Preview & Results

The qualifiers were joined by those players who were exempt from First Stage due to their performances on the 2017 European Tour, Challenge Tour and other feeder / satellite tours.

Exemptions were also given to the leading 5 entrants as at 23rd August 2017 to a limit of 15th place in the World Amateur Golf Ranking provided that they had applied to enter the First Stage by this date. In 2017 this rule benefited Scott GREGORY (ENG), Connor SYME (SCO) and Robert MACINTYRE (SCO) [all of whom qualified this week for Final Stage].

86 players progressed to the Final Stage of Qualifying School. The Panoramica site was originally scheduled to have 21 qualifiers but for unknown reasons 22 players were allowed through. With the final round delayed perhaps time ran out for the ‘3 for 4’ play off that should have taken place ? Sudden death play-offs were required and used at the three other Second Stage qualifying sites where play concluded on Monday.

This year the Final Stage competition is being played at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain between the 11th and 16th November. The Lakes and Hills courses will both be used.

This should be beneficial to the less experienced players who make the latter stage as this represents a new venue for the six round marathon, albeit the Lakes has hosted one of the Second Stage events for some time. You will recall that prior to 2017 PGA Catalunya Resort had been used for Final Stage for many years.

The leading 25 players (and ties) from the 156 that will contest Final Stage will be eligible for Category 17 membership of the European Tour and Category 5 membership of the Challenge Tour for the 2017/18 season. The leading 70 players (and ties) who make the 72-hole cut will obtain Category 22 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour. Those who miss the cut receive Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour.

European Tour QS

Here are the links to the European Tour’s Q-School Second Stage results webpages as well as my summaries of which GB&I players have and have not qualified this week: –

1. Desert Springs Golf Club, Almería – 6,745 yards, Par 72

Click here for the full – Desert Springs Results

There were 76 entries at Desert Springs with 21 from GB&I (26%).

QUALIFIED – 22 players at -8 or better, including

Matthew BALDWIN (ENG)  1st (-17)
Scott GREGORY (ENG)  T4 (-12)
Max ORRIN (ENG)  T4 (-12)
Cormac SHARVIN (N.I.)  T7 (-11)
Chris LLOYD (ENG)  T10 (-10)
Robert MACINTYRE (SCO)  T13 (-9)
Scott HENRY (SCO)  T13 (-9)
Sam HORSFIELD (ENG)  T18 (-8) – via a 5 from 6 play off.

DID NOT QUALIFY (selected)

Jonathan CALDWELL (N.I.)  T24 (-7)
Daniel YOUNG (SCO)  T24 (-7)
James ALLAN (ENG)  T37 (-4)
Liam JOHNSTON (SCO)  T37 (-4)
Jamie CLARE (ENG)  T51 (Ev)
Joey LAMB (ENG) WD (+8 after 36 holes)

2. Campo de Golf El Saler, Valencia – 7,052 yards, Par 72

Click here for the full – El Saler Results

There were 74 entries at El Saler with 25 from GB&I (34%).

QUALIFIED – 21 players at +1 or better, including

Ewen FERGUSON (SCO)  T2 (-10)
Laurie CANTER (ENG)  T2 (-10)
Dan BROWN (ENG)  5th (-5)
Ross KELLETT (SCO)  T6 (-3)
Stuart MANLEY (WAL)  T6 (-3)
Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG)  T8 (-2)
Rhys ENOCH (WAL)  T10 (-1)
Steven TILEY (ENG)  T10 (-1)
Dermot MCELROY (N.I.)  T13 (Ev)
Jonathan THOMSON (ENG)  T17 (+1) – via a 5 from 6 play off.

DID NOT QUALIFY (selected)

Jack SINGH BRAR (ENG)  T23 (+2)
Jamie DICK (ENG)  T57 (+13)
Craig ROSS (SCO)  62nd (+15)

3. Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, Alicante – 6,974 yards, Par 71

Click here for the full – Las Colinas Results

There were 73 entries at Las Colinas with 23 from GB&I (32%).

QUALIFIED – 21 players at -3 or better, including

David LAW (SCO)  T3 (-15)
Toby TREE (ENG)  5th (-14)
Paul MADDY (ENG)  T6 (-13)
Marcus ARMITAGE (ENG)  9th (-10)
Connor SYME (SCO)  T10 (-9)
Chris DOAK (SCO)  13th (-7)
John PARRY (ENG)  T14 (-6)

DID NOT QUALIFY (selected)

David BOOTE (WAL)  T20 (-3) – via 2 from 10 play off.
Colin FAIRWEATHER (N.I.)  T30 (-2)
Josh HILLEARD AM (ENG)  T46 (+3)
JR GALBRAITH (IRE)  60th (+11)
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL)  WD (+5 after 3 rounds)
Alfie PLANT (ENG)  WD (+7 after 3 rounds)

4. Panoramica Golf & Sport Resort, Castellón – 7,030 yards, Par 72 

Click here for the full – Panoramica Results

There were 74 entries at Panoramica with 26 from GB&I (35%).

QUALIFIED – 22 Players on -7 or better, including

Mark FOSTER (ENG)  T4 (-13)
Ruaidhri MCGEE (IRE)  T6 (-12)
Robert DINWIDDIE (ENG)  8th (-11)
Joe DEAN (ENG)  T17 (-8)
Sam HUTSBY (ENG)  T19 (-7)

DID NOT QUALIFY (selected)

Henry SMART (ENG)  T23 (-6)
Gary HURLEY (IRE)  T23 (-6)
Jordan WRISDALE (ENG)  T23 (-6)
Nick MARSH (ENG)  T39 (-3)
Henry SHERIDAN-MILLS (ENG)  T47 (Ev)
Craig HOWIE AM (SCO)  T47 (Ev)
Jack MCDONALD (SCO)  T52 (+1)

So 30 GB&I players, representing 31.5% of the 95 that entered Second Stage, have made it through to Final Stage. Of course more GB&I players, those with stronger exemptions, will now enter the fray which starts again this coming Saturday.

Sadly the two remaining GB&I amateurs in the field, Josh HILLEARD (ENG) and Craig HOWIE (SCO) both missed out.

ME.

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European Tour Q-School – 2017 First Stage Preview & Results

September / October 2017

The First Stage QSchool Results can be found at the bottom of this article.

The 2017 European Tour Qualifying School started on Tuesday 12th September.

A new Far East First Stage Qualifying competition had been scheduled to be played at Saujana G&CC in Malaysia on 5th September. However, the Tour cancelled this on 23rd August due to a lack of interest.

The First Qualifying Stage consisted of eight separate 72-hole events which were split into four Sections, A, B, C and D. The final Section D events of the series came to a conclusion on 6th October.

There were 54-hole cuts at each of these Qualifiers. Only those players who were within 7 shots of the final allocated qualifying place at this point played the final rounds.

2017 saw a record First Stage entry with a total of 838 competitors signing up. 45 countries were represented with England contributing the most with 211 players.

The leading five Q-School entrants as at 23rd August 2017, up to a limit of 15th place, in the World Amateur Golf Rankings were exempted into the Second Stage. This year Scott GREGORY (ENG), Connor SYME (SCO) and Robert MACINTYRE (SCO) were therefore not required to contest the First Stage.

The European Tour Q-School entrance fee is €1,800. Each First Stage Qualifier has a prize fund of €5,000 with the winner being allocated €1,800.

At the end of the series 176 players were allocated places in Second Stage. That’s 21% of the entries received.

The Second Qualifying Stage consists of four separate 72-hole events that will be played concurrently in Spain on 3rd-6th November 2017.

The Final Qualifying Stage consists of 108 holes at Lumine GC which has taken over from PGA Catalunya Resort this year. This competition will be played on 11th-16th November 2017.

As in previous years I am following the Q-School series, specifically focussing on the amateur and recently turned pro entries from Great Britain & Ireland.

Check out all the First Stage results below: –

European Tour QS

FIRST QUALIFYING STAGE RESULTS

SECTION D – BOGOGNO GOLF CLUB, ITALY (3-6 October)

QUALIFIED (24 players at -7 or better)

No GB&I AM / new PRO qualifiers

DID NOT QUALIFY

Richard MANSELL (ENG)  T25 (-6)
Seb CROOKALL-NIXON (ENG)  T83 MC
Owen EDWARDS (WAL)  T96 MC

Click here for the full – Bogogno Q-School Results

SECTION D – FRILFORD HEATH GC, ENGLAND (3-6 October)

QUALIFIED (20 players at -2 or better)

Joe DEAN (ENG)  3rd (-7)
Colin FAIRWEATHER (NI)  T5 (-4)
David BOOTE (WAL)  T10 (-3)
Sam HORSFIELD (ENG)  T10 (-3)
Dermot MCELROY (IRE)  T10 (-3)
Jonathan THOMSON (ENG)  T19 (-2)
Henry SHERIDAN-MILLS (ENG)  T19 (-2)

DID NOT QUALIFY

Kyle MCCLATCHIE (RSA) AM  T21 (-1)
Conor O’ROURKE (IRE)  T21 (-1)
Paul KINNEAR (ENG)  T24 (Ev)
Adam CHAPMAN (ENG)  T29 (+1)
Alex STUBBS (ENG) AM  T29 (+1)
Billy SPOONER (ENG)  T37 (+3)
Craig LAWRIE (SCO)  T42 (+4)
Harrison ENDYCOTT (AUS) AM  T42 (+4)
Travis SMYTH (AUS) AM  T49 (+5)
Dan BROWN (ENG) AM  T58 (+7)
Tomasz ANDERSON (ENG)  T65 MC
Cameron MORALEE (RSA) AM  T65 MC
Stuart GREHAN (IRE)  T65 MC
Luke TURBETT AM  T71 MC
Patrick RUFF (ENG)  T73 MC
Ben AMOR (ENG)  T79 MC
Freddie SHERIDAN-MILLS (ENG)  T92 MC
Kevin LE BLANC (IRE)  97th MC

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

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SECTION C – HARDELOT, FRANCE (26-29 September)

QUALIFIED (21 players at -6 or better)

No GB&I AM / new Pro qualifiers

DID NOT QUALIFY

Ben ROBINSON (ENG)  T64 MC
Callum MACKAY (ENG) AM  T92 MC

Click here for the full – Hardelot Q-School Results

SECTION C – RIBAGOLFE, PORTUGAL (26-29 September)

QUALIFIED (24 players at -7 or better)

Jack SINGH BRAR (ENG)  T3 (-12)
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL)   T9 (-10) 
Alfie PLANT (ENG)  T15 (-8)

DID NOT QUALIFY

Robin DAWSON (WAL) AM  T33 (-3)
Albert VENTER (RSA)  T51 (+2)
Jamie BOWER (ENG)  T78 MC

Click here for the full – Ribagolfe Q-School Results

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SECTION B – STOKE BY NAYLAND GOLF & SPA, ENGLAND (19-22 September)

QUALIFIED (20 players at -3 or better)

Dan BROWN (Yorkshire, ENG)  5th (-7)
Josh HILLEARD (ENG) AM  T6 (-6)

DID NOT QUALIFY

Ashton TURNER (ENG)  T21 (-2)
Will ENEFER (ENG)  T33 (+1)
James WALKER (ENG) AM  T33 (+1)
Evan GRIFFITH (WAL)  T43 (+3)
Jay BEISSER (ENG) AM  T45 (+4)
Oliver CLARKE (ENG)  T49 (+5)
Tom GANDY (IOM)  T52 (+6)
Jack YULE (ENG) AM  T60 (+10)
Lewis PEARCE (ENG) AM  T72 MC
Jordan FORSTER (ENG) AM  T84 MC
Delon HAU (ENG) AM  T94 MC

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

SECTION B – EBREICHSDORF GC, AUSTRIA (19-22 September)

QUALIFIED (22 players at -4 or better)

No GB&I AM / new PRO qualifiers

Click here for the full – Ebreichsdorf Q-School Results

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SECTION A – FLEESENSEE G&CC, GERMANY (12-15 September)

QUALIFIED (23 players at -1 or better)

Craig ROSS (SCO)  T2 (-9)

Click here for the – Fleesensee Q-School Results

SECTION A – ROXBURGHE HOTEL & GC, SCOTLAND (12-15 September)

QUALIFIED (22 players at -5 or better)

Liam JOHNSTON (SCO) AM  T4 (-9)
Craig HOWIE (SCO) AM  T8 (-7)
Jamie CLARE (ENG) AM  T8 (-7)
JR GALBRAITH (IRE) AM  T11 (-6)

DID NOT QUALIFY

Will WHITEOAK (ENG)  T27 (-3)
Sean TOWNDROW (ENG)  T47 (+2)
George BLOOR (ENG) AM  T76 MC
Tom DOLAN (ENG) AM  T76 MC
Chris MACLEAN (SCO) AM  T82 MC
Bradley MOORE (ENG)  T100 MC
Marco PENGE (ENG)  RETIRED AFTER RD 1 MC

Click here for the – Roxburghe Q-School Results

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European Tour Q-School – 2016 Final Stage Results

17th November 2016

England’s Nathan KIMSEY (-13) today won the Final Stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School series at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

Nathan is just the second player to come right through from First Stage to win Q-School outright. Some achievement particularly as he hadn’t enjoyed a great 2016. He played in 11 PGA EuroPro Tour events this year, making four cuts and earning just £1,407.50. He finished 105th in the Race to Desert Springs Order of Merit.

img_6929Nathan Kimsey – Winner of the European Tour’s 2016 Q-School (Photo: @ETQSchool)

156 golfers started out on this 108 hole golfing marathon last Saturday. 52 were from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I), exactly 33.3% of the field.

Just 30 players achieved their primary objective – a Category 16 card on the European Tour for the 2017 season (which comes with a Category 5 Challenge Tour card too).  A -5 total score was required to finish in the Top 25 and ties this year.

It was great to see 16 of these qualifiers hailing from GB&I as you can see below.

QUALIFIERS – CAT. 16 EUROPEAN TOUR / CAT. 5 CHALLENGE TOUR
1.     Nathan KIMSEY (ENG) -13
T2.   Scott HENRY (SCO) -12
T5.   Steven TILEY (ENG) -10
T5.   Eddie PEPPERELL (ENG) -10
T9.   John PARRY (ENG) -9
T9.   Matthew NIXON (ENG) -9
T11. Paul MADDY (ENG) -8
T11. Tom LEWIS (ENG) -8
T16. Stuart MANLEY (WAL) -7
T16. Ashley CHESTERS (ENG) -7
T19. Laurie CANTER (ENG) -6
T19. Mark FOSTER (ENG) -6
T19. Max ORRIN (ENG) -6
T25. Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG) -5
T25. Gary KING (ENG) -5
T25. Richard MCEVOY (ENG) -5

I think most people were pleased to see Eddie PEPPERELL (-10) and Tom LEWIS (-8) return to the elite circuit.  Both have showed a lot of promise in recent years and hopefully can now go onto to fulfil it.

John PARRY (ENG) gave himself almost the best birthday present possible – being one of the 30 on his 30th birthday.

I was particularly pleased to see Ashley CHESTERS and Max ORRIN progress.

Ashley took his time before turning pro and after winning two European Amateur titles and competing in the 2015 Walker Cup his strategy seems to have paid dividends. Just Paul Dunne and Chesters from our winning team at Lytham will have European Tour cards next year.

Orrin, who played in the 2013 Walker Cup alongside Matt Fitzpatrick, Nathan Kimsey and Jordan Smith, turned pro three years ago and today was the result of a lot of hard work and a steady progression through the tours for him.

72 players made the 72 hole cut, which fell at Even par, going on to play the final two rounds on the Stadium Course. Those who made the 72-hole cut but failed to finish in the Top 25 receive Category 21 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour. From GB&I these included: –

MADE CUT – CAT. 21 EUROPEAN TOUR / CAT. 9 CHALLENGE TOUR
T31. James ALLAN (ENG) -4
T31. James HEATH (ENG) -4
T31. Robert COLES (ENG) -4
T37. Michael HOEY (N.IRE) -3
T37. Ross MCGOWAN (ENG) -3
T37. Aaron RAI (ENG) -3
T44. Ross KELLETT (SCO) -2
T44. Oliver WILSON (ENG) -2
T44. Gary HURLEY (IRE) -2
T49. Charlie FORD (ENG) -1
T53. Robert DINWIDDIE (ENG) +1
T53. Steve WEBSTER (ENG) +1
T58. Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG) +2
T58. David LAW (SCO) +2
T58. Bradley NEIL (SCO) +2
T65. Matt FORD (ENG) +3
T70. Simon KHAN (ENG) +5
T70. Ben STOW (ENG) +5

Michael HOEY and Gary HURLEY were Ireland’s nearest challengers but both came up short in the end. Hurley threatened to make the grade on his front 9 today but sadly couldn’t maintain his early final round momentum.

Nathan Kimsey earned €16,000 for winning the Q-School with all of the 72 players who made the cut receiving declining sums right down to €750 for the non-qualifiers who finished in spots 31 to 72.

Those who failed to make the cut receive Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour. From GB&I these included: –

MISSED CUT – CAT. 15 CHALLENGE TOUR
T80.   Craig LEE (SCO) +2
T80.   Curtis GRIFFITHS (ENG) +2
T93.   Ben EVANS (ENG) +4
T93.   Rhys DAVIES (WAL) +4
T93.   Jack HARRISON (ENG) +4
T115. Billy HEMSTOCK (ENG) +6
T115. David DIXON (ENG) +6
T115. Steve SURRY (ENG) +6
T115. Ruaidhri MCGEE (IRE) +6
T124. Daniel GAVINS (ENG) +7
T124. Kevin PHELAN (IRE) +7
T129. Oliver FARR (WAL) +7
T138. Ryan EVANS (ENG) +10
T141. Charlie BULL (ENG) +11
T144. Richard FINCH (ENG) +12
T147. Grant FORREST (SCO) +15
WD.   Peter WHITEFORD (SCO) – 3 rounds
RTD.  Kenneth FERRIE (ENG) – 2 rounds

So to differing degrees, and of course depending on where they are on the professional golf journey, everyone was a winner simply by getting this far in the process.

It is worth noting that in all of these Categories each player is ranked according to their final Q-School finishing position. These rankings within each Category can be critical in determining actual participation in events on the respective Tours.

European Tour QS

The full European Tour Leaderboard and Results links are here:-

European Tour – Final Stage Q-School Leaderboard (with detailed scores)
European Tour – Final Stage Q-School Results (with prize money)

Appendix 1 – 2016 Qualifying School Articles

For further background information on the 2016 European Tour Q-School series please take a look at my previous articles: –

European Tour Q-School – 2016 Final Stage Preview (10/11/16)
European Tour Q-School – 2016 Second Stage Results (07/11/16)
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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European Tour Q-School – 2016 Final Stage Preview

10th November 2016

The Final Stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School series starts on Saturday 12th November at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona. It is the 9th consecutive year that this Spanish Club in the north east of the country has hosted the final Q-School competition.

Q-School Format

The Final Qualifying Stage is played over 108 holes on the Stadium and Tour Courses. The Stadium Course (7,333 yards, par 72) is much tougher than the shorter Tour Course (6,610 yards, par 70).

A field of 156 golfers start out by playing 72 holes; two rounds on each of the above courses. The leading 70 players (and ties) then play a final 36-holes on the Stadium Course to determine the final positions.

Prizes

At the conclusion of play on Thursday 17th November the leading 25 players (and ties) will earn cards on both the European Tour (Category 16) and the Challenge Tour (Category 5) for the 2017 season. Additionally within these Categories each player is ranked according to their final finishing position.

Those players who make the 72-hole cut but fail to finish in the Top 25 are eligible for Category 21 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour. Those who fail to make the cut are eligible for Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour.

Whilst of secondary importance there is also a €150,000 prize fund for the Final Qualifying Stage. The winner will receive €16,000. Successful Card receiving players will earn declining sums down to 25th place (or tied for 25th) where €1,860 will be awarded. Players who finish outside the Top 25 but who make the 72-hole cut will each earn €750.

2016 Final Qualifying Stage – Field and Tee Times

71 qualifiers from last week’s four Second Stage events have been joined by 85 exempt players to make up the field of 156 players.

The players that automatically qualify for Final Stage are: –
1. Players already eligible for Category 17 or 18 membership of the European Tour in 2017 (i.e. those finishing in positions 112-145 in the 2016 Race To Dubai);
2. Players finishing in positions 16-45 in the 2016 Challenge Tour Rankings;
3. Winners of a European Tour Order of Merit (OoM) event after 1st January 2007;
4. The winner of the 2016 Qualifying School;
5. The winner of the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2015;
6. European Tour Members in 41st – 75th positions in the Tour’s Career Money List as at 31st August 2016; and
7. The leading three entrants as at 31st August 2016 up to 15th place on The Asian Tour, The Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia (2015 OoM) and The Sunshine Tour (2015 OoM).

The 2016 Q-School field looks to be one of the strongest ever assembled. Y.E. Yang the 2009 US PGA Champion and 35 other European Tour winners, including 6-time winner Alvaro Quiros, are all competing.

Click here to view the 2016 Final Qualifying Stage Round 1 & 2 Tee Times

With no amateurs making the Final Stage this year I will be following the progress of the 52 Great British & Irish (GB&I) professionals who will be competing; exactly 33.3% of the field. Of particular interest to me will be some of the newer pros: –

James ALLAN (ENG)
Ashley CHESTERS (ENG)
Ryan EVANS (ENG)
Grant FORREST (SCO)
Gary HURLEY (ENG)
Nathan KIMSEY (ENG)
Tom LEWIS (ENG)
Bradley NEIL (SCO)
Max ORRIN (ENG)
Eddie PEPPERELL (ENG)
Kevin PHELAN (IRE)
Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG)
Ben STOW (ENG)

2016 Final Qualifying Stage – Leaderboard

Click here to view the 2016 Final Qualifying School Leaderboard

European Tour QS

Appendix 1 – 2016 Qualifying School Articles

For further background information on the 2016 European Tour Q-School series please take a look at my other recent articles: –

European Tour Q-School – 2016 Second Stage Results (07/11/16)
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)

Appendix 2 – 2015 Final Qualifying Stage Results

It is always interesting to look back to see what will broadly be required to progress this year.

Last year 27 players earned European Tour cards. The minimum score required to achieve this was -7 (421). The winning score was -18 (410) which was achieved by Ulrich VAN DEN BERG (RSA), Adrian OTAEGUI (ESP) and Daniel IM (USA). Van Den Berg (40) won the event on a count back. He was the oldest ever winner of the Q-School and was the oldest 2015 qualifier.

Marcus KINHULT (SWE) -10 T13 became the first amateur to graduate since Moritz LAMBERT in 2012. At 19 he was also the youngest 2015 qualifier.

12 GB&I players progressed – 10 from England, 1 from Ireland and 1 from Wales. Interestingly the average age of the 12 GB&I qualifiers was 30. Here they are: –

T4    Ross MCGOWAN (ENG) 69 69 64 73 64 74 (-15)
6th   Matthew SOUTHGATE (ENG) 72 66 68 70 68 70 (-14)
T7    Daniel GAVINS (ENG) 71 65 66 68 75 71 (-12)
T9    David DIXON (ENG) 72 68 64 71 74 68 (-11)
T9    Richard MCEVOY (ENG) 66 74 69 71 68 69 (-11)
T13  Stuart MANLEY (WAL) 66 74 69 74 69 66 (-10)
T13  James ROBINSON (ENG) 72 69 64 71 72 70 (-10)
T13  Paul DUNNE (IRE) 71 68 70 68 69 72 (-10)
T19  Ryan EVANS (ENG) 67 72 70 73 69 68 (-9)
T19  Laurie CANTER (ENG) 67 69 68 74 68 73 (-9)
T22  Richard FINCH (ENG) 69 66 70 73 71 71 (-8)
T24  Chris HANSON (ENG) 70 63 66 71 73 78 (-7)

A total of 78 players made the cut on -1 (283) or better. The following GB&I players made the cut but finished outside the all important Top 25: –

T28  Gary KING (ENG) 64 72 64 74 74 74 (-6)
T32  David LAW (SCO) 67 72 68 72 72 72 (-5)
T32  Kenneth FERRIE (ENG) 70 69 64 77 74 69 (-5)
T40  Joshua WHITE (ENG) 68 74 73 67 69 73 (-4)
T40  Mark FOSTER (ENG) 71 68 67 73 73 72 (-4)
T40  Peter WHITEFORD (SCO) 74 70 67 68 75 70 (-4)
T47  Paul SHIELDS (SCO) 67 70 68 77 70 73 (-3)
T54  Josh LOUGHREY (ENG) 72 72 69 69 68 76 (-2)
T54  Damien MCGRANE (IRE) 71 68 66 71 72 78 (-2)
T60  Simon THORNTON (IRE) 71 67 73 71 74 71 (-1)
T67  Kevin PHELAN (IRE) 70 72 66 73 75 72 (E)
T67  Paul HOWARD (ENG) 73 67 68 75 76 69 (E)
T69  Charlie FORD (ENG) 71 71 73 67 72 75 (+1)
T69  Matthew NIXON (ENG) 72 76 68 67 72 74 (+1)

Click here to review the full 2015 Final Qualifying Stage Results  

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European Tour Q-School – 2016 Second Stage Results

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.

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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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