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

September / October 2017

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.

Around 25% of each First Stage field move forward to the Second Stage. As in previous years this broadly equated to the top 20 and ties for the final position progressing.

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.

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.

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.

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: –

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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.

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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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European Tour Q-School – 2016 Second Stage Preview

14th October 2016 (Updated 3rd November 2016)

The European Tour’s Second Qualifying Stage starts tomorrow at four venues in Spain and will be completed on Monday 7th November 2016.

The total Second Stage entry has now been settled at 322 players, with each of them allocated to one of the four courses.

The field includes all of the players that qualified from the eight First Stage events. Here’s my summary of the Amateur and GB&I qualifiers – European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Results

They are now joined by those players exempt from the First Stage. These include: –

  1. The leading 5 entrants as at 31st August 2016 to a limit of 15th place in the World Amateur Golf Ranking provided that they had applied to enter the First Stage by 31st August 2016.  
  2. European Tour Members in Categories 1-21 as at 31st August 2016.
  3. 2016 Challenge Tour Members in Ranking positions 1-90 as at 31st August 2016.
  4. 2016 Challenge Tour Members in positions 46-90 in the Final 2016 Rankings.
  5. Winners of the Qualifying School in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  6. Winners of the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  7. Winners of a PGA European Tour Order of Merit event prior to 1st January 2007.
  8. European Tour Members in positions 76-100 in the ET Career Money List on 31st August 2016.
  9. The No. 1 ranked player on The PGA EuroPro Tour, Pro Golf Tour, The Nordic League and ALPS Tour in their final Orders of Merit, unless already exempt under 11. below.
  10. The leading 4th-10th placed entrants as at 31st August to a limit of 25th place in the Order of Merits of The Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, The Japan Golf Tour and The Sunshine Tour, provided that they had applied to enter the First Stage by 31st August 2016.
  11. The leading 6 entrants as at 31st August 2016 to a limit of 10th place in the Order of Merits of The PGA EuroPro Tour, Pro Golf Tour, The Nordic League and ALPS Tour, provided that they had applied to enter the First Stage by 31st August 2016.

17 players from each venue will progress to the Final Stage, which will be played at the PGA Catalunya Resort between 12th-17th November. Play-offs will take place to ensure that just 17 players progress from each site.

European Tour QS

A complete list of the amateur entries (AM), some new professionals (NP) as well as all the other GB&I players competing at Q-School’s Second Stage is provided below, along with links to the European Tour’s draw and leaderboard pages: –

CAMPO DE GOLF EL SALER – 7,057 yards, Par 72
Click here for the – El Saler Start Sheet
Click here for the  – El Saler Live Scores

Included within the 81 entries at El Saler are 28 from GB&I (35%).

James ABLETT (ENG)
Niklas ADANK AM (GER)
Alex BELT (ENG)
Wallace BOOTH (SCO)
Christian BRAEUNIG NP (GER) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Chris CARSTENSEN NP (GER) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Ashley CHESTERS (ENG)
Lee CLARKE (ENG)
Luke CORNFORD (ENG)
Dave COUPLAND (ENG)
Mark DAWE (ENG)
Ewen FERGUSON NP (SCO)
Daniel GAVINS (ENG)
Curtis GRIFFITHS (ENG)
Sam HUTSBY (ENG)
Liam JOHNSTON AM (SCO)
Niall KEARNEY (IRE)
Marcus KINHULT (SWE)
Josh LOUGHREY (ENG)
Nick MARSH (ENG)
James MAW (ENG)
Jack MCDONALD NP (ENG)
Adrian MERONK NP (PLD)
Paul NEWMAN (ENG)
Greg PAYNE (ENG)
Chris ROBB (SCO)
James ROBINSON (ENG)
Robin SCIOT-SIEGRIST NP (FRA)
Zane SCOTLAND (ENG)
Chris SELFRIDGE (IRE)
Cormac SHARVIN NP (IRE)
Nicholas SMITS AM (NED)
Joshua WHITE (ENG)
James WILKINSON (ENG)
Martin WOODBRIDGE (ENG)

LAS COLINAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB – 6,974 yards, Par 71
Click here for the full – Las Colinas Start Sheet
Click here for the – Las Colinas Live Scores

Included within the 80 entries at Las Colinas are 27 from GB&I (34%).

James ALLAN (ENG)
Mauro ANDERI AM (GER)
David BOOTE AM (WAL)
Matias CALDERON AM (Chile)
Jonathan CALDWELL (IRE)
Jack COLEGATE (ENG)
Lee CORFIELD (ENG)
Ali DALGLIESH (ENG)
Joe DEAN NP (ENG)
Scott DRUMMOND (SCO)
Craig FARRELLY (ENG)
Paul FERRIER (SCO)
Grant FORREST NP (SCO)
Stephen GRANT (IRE)
Paul HENDRIKSEN (ENG)
Gary HURLEY NP (IRE)
Daniel KAY (SCO)
Chris LLOYD (ENG)
Stuart MANLEY (WAL)
Bradley NEIL (SCO)
Matthew NIXON (ENG)
Kevin PHELAN (IRE)
Adam RUNCIE (WAL)
Gregoire SCHOEB AM (FRA) 
Cameron SHAW AM (ENG)
Peter TARVER-JONES (ENG)
Peter WHITEFORD (SCO)
Dale WHITNELL (ENG)
Charlie WILSON (ENG)
Guy WOODMAN (ENG)

LUMINE GOLF & BEACH CLUB(Lakes Course) – 6,909 yards, Par 71
Click here for the full – Lumine Start Sheet
Click here for the – Lumine Live Scores

Included within the 81 entries at Lumine are 28 from GB&I (35%).

Ben AMOR AM (ENG) 
Matthew BALDWIN (ENG)
Jason BARNES (ENG)
Steven BROWN (ENG)
Charlie BULL (ENG)
Ivan CANTERO (ESP) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Robert COLES (ENG)
Sam CONNOR (ENG)
Rhys ENOCH (WAL)
Henry FEATHERSTONE (ENG)
Mark FOSTER (ENG)
Jordan GIBB (ENG)
Billy HEMSTOCK (ENG)
Paul HOWARD (ENG)
David R JAMES (ENG)
Ross KELLETT (SCO)
Sam KILOH (SCO)
Nathan KIMSEY (ENG)
Gudmundur KRISJANSSON AM (ILD)
David LAW (SCO)
Declan LOFTUS (IRE)
Nicolas MAHEUT NP (FRA) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Ruaidhri MCGEE (IRE)
Van PHILLIPS (ENG)
Tim RICE (IRE)
Jamie SAVAGE NP (SCO)
Max SCHMITT AM (GER)
Henry SMART (ENG)
Steve SURRY (ENG)
Ashton TURNER NP (ENG)
Nicolai VON DELLINGSHATUSEN NP (GER) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Matt WALLACE (ENG)
Daniel YOUNG NP (SCO)

PANORAMICA GOLF & SPORT RESORT – 7,030 yards, Par 72
Click here for the full – Panoramica Start Sheet
Click here for the – Panoramica Live Scores

Included within the 80 entries at Panoramica are 28 from GB&I (35%).

Laurie CANTER (ENG)
Brian CASEY (IRE)
Adam CHAPMAN AM (ENG)
Jamie DICK (ENG)
Chris DOAK (SCO)
Jack DOHERTY (SCO)
Will ENEFER NP (ENG) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Chris EVANS (ENG)
Charlie FORD (ENG)
Simon GRIFFITHS (ENG)
Jack HARRISON (ENG)
William HARROLD (ENG)
Thomas HIGSON (SCO)
Stiggy HODGSON (ENG)
Jack HUME NP (IRE)
Marco ITEN NP (SUI) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Richard JAMES (WAL)
Luke JOY (ENG)
Mark LASKEY (WAL)
Oliver LINDELL NP (FIN)
Paul MADDY (ENG)
Andrew MCARTHUR (SCO)
Nick MCCARTHY (ENG)
George MULLINS (ENG)
Tom MURRAY (ENG)
Thomas PERROT NP (FRA) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG)
Thomas SHADBOLT (ENG)
Paul SHIELDS (SCO)
Billy SPOONER (ENG)
Lars VAN MEIJEL NP (NED) – TURNED PRO AHEAD OF 2ND STAGE
Matthew WEBB (ENG)

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European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Results

7th October 2016

The European Tour’s First Qualifying Stage has finished today with the completion of the two Section D competitions. The six other qualifiers were played over the previous three weeks with a total of 767 players competing.

71 Great British and Irish (GB&I) players have successfully negotiated this first step including five of our amateurs. In total 204 players qualified including 18 amateurs.

Well done to all 18 amateurs but specifically the GB&I ones, namely David BOOTE (WAL), Adam CHAPMAN (ENG), Will ENEFER (ENG), Liam JOHNSTON (SCO) and Cameron SHAW (ENG).

The four Second Qualifying Stage competitions will be played on 4-7 November 2016 in Spain. The courses are once again Panoramica Golf & Sport Resort in Castellan, Lumine Golf & Beach Club in Tarragona, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in Alicante and Campo de Golf El Saler in Valencia. The draws for these events are scheduled to be made on 14th October 2016.

Here is a complete list of all the GB&I and Amateur qualifiers from the First Stage: –

Section D Results Update

FRILFORD HEATH, ENGLAND (6-9 October)
Click here for the – Frilford Heath Q-School Results

25 players qualified for the Frilford Heath event including: –

T1. Daniel KAY (SCO) -9
T3. Ashton TURNER (ENG) -8
T3. Luke CORNFORD (ENG) -8
T5. Joe DEAN (ENG) -7
T5. Niall KEARNEY (IRE) -7
T5. Jonathan CALDWELL (IRE) -7
9. Chris EVANS (ENG) -6
T10. Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG) -5
T10. David BOOTE AM (WAL) -5
T12. Lee CLARKE (ENG) -4
T12. Dale WHITNELL (ENG) -4
T16. Nick MARSH (ENG) -3
T16. Billy SPOONER (ENG) -3
T18. Zane SCOTLAND (ENG) -2
T21. Adam CHAPMAN AM (ENG) -1
T21. Nathan KIMSEY (ENG) -1
T23. James WILKINSON (ENG) Ev
T23. Gudmundur KRISJANSSON AM (ISL) Ev

BOGOGNO, ITALY (4-7 October)
Click here for the – Bogogno Q-School Results

29 players qualified for the Bogogno event including: –

1.Marco ITEN AM (SUI) -17
2. Lars VAN MEIJEL AM (NED) -14
7. James ALLEN (ENG) -10
T8. Max SCMITT AM (GER) -7
T15. Luke JOY (ENG) -5
T20. Lee CORFIELD (ENG) -2
T25. Chris DOAK (SCO) -1

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30th September 2016

Section C Results Update

RIBAGOLFE, PORTUGAL (27-30 September)
Click here for the – Ribagolfe Q-School Results

24 players qualified from the Ribagolfe event including: –

1. Henry SMART (ENG) -12
T5. Thomas SHADBOLT (ENG) -6
T8. Henry FEATHERSTONE (ENG) -5
T12. Thomas PERROT AM (FRA) -4
T20. Paul NEWMAN (ENG) -2
T22. Declan LOFTUS (IRE) -1

HARDELOT, FRANCE (27-30 September)

Click here for the – Hardelot Q-School Results

26 players qualified from the Hardelot event including: –

T1. Nicolas MAHEUT AM (FRA)
T6. Nick McCarthy (ENG) -4
T6. Peter TARVER-JONES (ENG) -4
T8. Gregoire SCHOEB AM (FRA) -3
T10. Mauro ANDERI AM (GER) -2
T10. Wallace BOOTH (SCO) -2
T10. Jack HARRISON (ENG) -2
T15. James ABLETT (ENG) -1
T15. James MAW (ENG) -1
T17. Charlie BULL (ENG) Ev
T17. Paul HENDRIKSEN (ENG) Ev
T17. Tim RICE (IRL) Ev

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European Tour QS

23rd September 2016

Section B Results Update

COLLINGTREE PARK, ENGLAND (20-23 September)
Click here for the – Collingtree Park Q-School Results

27 players qualified from the Collingtree Park event including:-

1. Simon GRIFFITHS (ENG) -14
2. Dave COUPLAND (ENG) -12
3. Alex BELT (ENG) -11
T4. Brian CASEY (IRE) -10
T4. Martin WOODBRIDGE (ENG) -10
T7. Ali DALGLIESH (ENG) -9
T7. Steve SURRY (ENG) -9
T13. Ashley CHESTERS (ENG) -8
T13. Will ENEFER AM (ENG) -8
T13. George MULLINS (ENG) -8
17. Charlie WILSON (ENG) -7
T18. Ben AMOR (ENG) -6
T18. Mark DAWE (ENG) -6
T21. Jamie DICK (ENG) -5
T21. David R. JAMES (ENG) -5
T21. Nicholas SMITS AM (NED) -5

EBREICHSDORF, AUSTRIA (20-23 September)
Click here for the – Ebreichsdorf Q-School Results

26 players qualified from the Ebreichsdorf event including: –

1. Bradley NEIL (SCO) -18
T12. Robin SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA) -12
T14. Christian BRAEUNIG AM (GER) -11
T21. Jordan GIBB (ENG) -9

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16th September 2016

Section A Results Update

THE ROXBURGHE, SCOTLAND (13-16 September)
Click here for the – Roxburghe Q-School Results

22 players qualified from the Roxburghe event including: –

1. Chris LLOYD (ENG) -15
3. Jack DOHERTY (SCO) -11
T4. Sam CONNOR (ENG) -9
T4. Liam JOHNSTON AM (SCO) -9
7. Ewen FERGUSON (SCO) -8
8. Matthew WEBB (ENG) -7
T9. Paul FERRIER (SCO) -6
T9. Cormac SHARVIN (IRE) -6
11. Daniel YOUNG (SCO) -5
T12. Sam KILLOH (SCO) -4
T15. Thomas HIGSON (SCO) -3
T15. Jamie SAVAGE (SCO) -3
T15. Cameron SHAW AM (ENG) -3
T18. Jack COLEGATE (ENG) -1
T18. Jack MCDONALD (SCO) -1
T18. Chris ROBB (SCO) -1
T18. Adam RUNCIE (WAL) -1

FLEESENSEE, GERMANY (13-16 September)
Click here for the – Fleesensee Q-School Results

25 players qualified from the Fleesensee event including: –

5. Christopher CARSTENSEN AM (GER) -11
12. Niklas ADANK AM (GER) -6
T13. Craig FARRELLY (ENG) -5
17. Stephen GRANT (IRE) -4
19. Nicolai VON DELLINGSHATUSEN AM (GER) -3

For more information on the European Tour Q-School and it’s amateur entries please take a look at my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Preview

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European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Preview

11th September 2016

The 2016 European Tour Qualifying School starts this week, on Tuesday 13th September.

The First Qualifying Stage consists of eight separate 72-hole events which are split into four Sections, A, B, C and D. Each Section, consisting of two qualifiers, will be played weekly over the next three weeks. The number of players that will progress to the Second Stage will be announced shortly after each event starts. It is normally around 25% of the field. There are 54-hole cuts at each First Stage qualifier; only those players who are within 7 shots of the final allocated qualifying place play the final round.

From an amateur perspective the leading five Q-School entrants as at 31st August 2016, up to a limit of 15th place in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, are exempted into the Second Stage. As such Jack HUME (IRE), Scott GREGORY (ENG) and Grant FORREST (SCO) do not need to contest the First Stage, having been exempted into the Second.

The Second Qualifying Stage consists of four separate 72-hole events that will be played in Spain on 4th-7th November 2016.

The Final Qualifying Stage consists of 108 holes at PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain. This competition will be played on 12th-17th November 2016.

Each player has to pay an entrance fee of €1,800 to compete.

European Tour QS

As in previous years I will be following the Q-School series, mainly focussing on the amateur and some selected pro entries from Great Britain & Ireland.

Here is a summary, by no means exclusive, of who we have to look forward to following at the First Stage over the coming weeks.

FIRST QUALIFYING STAGE

SECTION A – THE ROXBURGHE, SCOTLAND (13-16 September)
90 ENTRIES

1. Tomasz ANDERSON (ENG)
2. Ewen FERGUSON (SCO)
3. Gary HURLEY (IRE)
4. Liam JOHNSTON AM (SCO)
5. Paul KINNEAR AM (ENG)
6. Jack MCDONALD (SCO)
7. Jimmy MULLEN (ENG)
8. Conor O’ROURKE AM (IRE)
9. Gary REID AM (SCO)
10. Steven ROBINS AM (ENG)
11. Jamie SAVAGE (SCO) Turned Pro ahead of Q-School
12. Cormac SHARVIN (IRE)
13. Cameron SHAW AM (ENG)
14. Toby TREE (ENG)
15. Daniel YOUNG (SCO)

Click here for the – Roxburghe Q-School Entries

SECTION A – FLEESENSEE, GERMANY (13-16 September)
86 ENTRIES

1. Jeroen KRIETEMEIJER AM (NED)

Click here for the – Fleesensee Q-School Entries

SECTION B – EBREICHSDORF, AUSTRIA (20-23 September)
104 ENTRIES

1. Richard BRIDGES (IRE)
2. Bradley NEIL (SCO)
3. Robin SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA)

Click here for the – Ebreichsdorf Q-School Entries

SECTION B – COLLINGTREE PARK, ENGLAND (20-23 September)
109 ENTRIES

1. Ben AMOR AM (ENG)
2. George BLOOR AM (ENG)
3. Colm CAMPBELL JR AM (IRE)
4. Ashley CHESTERS (ENG)
5. Jamie DICK (ENG)
6. Will ENEFER AM (ENG)
7. Tom DOLAN AM (ENG)
8. Dermot MCELROY (IRE)
9. George MULLINS (ENG)
10. Thomas NEVE AM (ENG)
11. Mitchel SARLING AM (ENG)
12. Jonathan THOMSON (ENG)

Click here for the – Collingtree Park Q-School Entries

SECTION C – RIBAGOLFE, PORTUGAL (27-30 September)
98 ENTRIES

1. Craig KIETSWETTER AM (ENG)
2. Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE)
3. Thomas PERROT AM (FRA)
4. Jack SINGH BRAR AM (ENG)
5. Jonathan THOMSON (ENG)
6. Albert VENTER AM (RSA)

Click here for the – Ribagolfe Q-School Entries

SECTION C – HARDELOT, FRANCE (27-30 September)
110 ENTRIES

1. Matthew ALDEN AM (ENG)
2. Nicholas MAHEUT AM (FRA)
3. Jackson MASSEY AM (ENG)
4. Michael SAUNDERS (ENG)
5. Gregoire SCHOEB AM (FRA)
6. Harrison WOAN AM (ENG)

Click here for the – Hardelot Q-School Entries 

SECTION D – BOGOGNO, ITALY (4-7 October)
110 ENTRIES

1. James ALLAN (ENG)
2. Rowan CARON AM (NED)
3. Ugo COUSSARD AM (FRA)
4. Mathias EGGENBERGER AM (SUI)
5. Mario GALIANO AGUILAR AM (ESP)
6. Brain KELLY AM (IRE)

Click here for the – Bogogno Q-School Entries

SECTION D – FRILFORD HEATH, ENGLAND (6-9 October)
111 ENTRIES

1. David BOOTE AM (WAL)
2. Jamie BOWER AM (ENG)
3. Adam CHAPMAN AM (ENG)
4. Joe DEAN (ENG)
5. Owen EDWARDS AM (WAL)
6. Nathan KIMSEY (ENG)
7. Craig LAWRIE (SCO)
8. Nick MARSH (ENG)
9. Haydn MCCULLEN (ENG)
10. Mark MORRISSEY AM (IRE)
11. Robin PETERSSON AM (SWE)
12. Patrick RUFF AM (ENG)
13. Henry SHERIDEN-MILLS AM (ENG)
14. Billy SPOONER (ENG)
15. Ashton TURNER AM (ENG)
16. Ben WHEELER (ENG)

Click here for the – Frilford Heath Q-School Entries

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