European Tour Q-School – Final Stage Results

19th November 2015

The Final Stage European Tour Qualifying School event was completed earlier today at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Gerona.

953 players entered the 2015 Q-School programme with 27, from 12 different countries, achieving the ultimate goal of a full European Tour card for the 2015/16 season.  To be precise they each have Category 16 membership of the European Tour and Category 5 membership of the Challenge Tour.

Seven of the successful group took the full Q-School journey starting out at the First Stage.  GB&I’s Matthew Southgate (ENG), Daniel Gavins (ENG), Paul Dunne (IRE) and Laurie Canter (ENG) were amongst them.  Three of the graduates started out at Second Stage with the remaining 17 being exempt into the Final Stage.

There was some consolation for the players that made the cut but missed out on a Top 25 and Ties place, namely Category 21 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour.  The players that reached Final Stage but failed to make the cut received Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour.

Ulrich Van Der Berg (RSA), aged 40, won the Final Stage event on count back from Adrian Otaegui (ESP) and Daniel Im (USA). Van Der Berg is the oldest ever winner of Q-School and was the oldest 2015 qualifier.

ETQ 2015 Winners

Im, Van Der Berg and Otaegui celebrate finishing T1 (Photo: @ETQSchool)

Marcus Kinhult (SWE) became the first amateur to graduate since Moritz Lambert in 2012.  At 19 he was also the youngest 2015 qualifier.  Kinhult, who will turn Pro immediately, won the Spirit International and Lytham Trophy before delivering some standout European Tour invite performances later in 2015. What a year and definitely one to watch next year.

12 GB&I players progressed – 10 from England, 1 from Ireland and 1 from Wales.  David Law was the highest Scottish finisher but unfortunately his -5 T32 result fell a couple of shots short.  Interestingly the average age of the 12 GB&I qualifiers was 30.

The highest GB&I finisher was Ross McGowan (ENG) who finished T4 on -15.  He secured his spot with a tremendous round 5 64 on the tough Stadium Course.

Matthew Southgate (ENG), Daniel Gavins (ENG), David Dixon (ENG), James Robinson (ENG), Laurie Canter (ENG) Richard Finch (ENG) got into position early and steadily saw the qualifier out.  Dixon did throw in a quality final round of 68 to finish the job off.

I was really impressed with Richard McEvoy (ENG), Stuart Manley (WAL) and Ryan Evans (ENG) who left themselves work to do when the pressure was at it’s highest and then delivered.  Final rounds of 68 69, 69 66 and 69 68 respectively saw all three impressively sprint through the finishing line.

It was also great to see Paul Dunne (IRE) finish off an outstanding year with a place in the big time too.  Dunno, beating Daniel Gavin’s by 2 years, was the youngest GB&I qualifier aged 22 (he is 23 next Thursday).  The amateur star of this year’s Open Championship comfortably qualified with rounds of 71, 68, 70, 68, 69, and 72 (-10).  It will be interesting to see how his consistently steady play will pan out on the European Tour where the money earners are more hit and miss, perhaps reflecting a more aggressive style of play.  I am sure he will continue to find a way.

Matters were a little more fraught for our final GB&I qualifier, Chris Hanson (ENG).  A final round 78, albeit finished off with two brave pars, saw him secure the final spot with a -7 total.

Former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari (ITA) birdied four of his last eight holes to finish -7 T24 and claim one of the last cards.

Gary King (SCO) and Damian McGrane (IRE), who were within the Top 25 and Ties places after four rounds, will be disappointed to have fallen away on the final two days.  Rounds of 74 74 and 72 78 respectively saw them fall down the leaderboard and sadly off the European Tour bus having stood on the platform just days earlier.

Listed below are the complete Final Stage results for all of the GB&I players (and the three amateurs that were competing).


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)
T13 Marcus Kinhult (AM) SWE 66 67 65 76 72 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)

European Tour QS


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)
T60 Scott Fernandez (AM) ESP 64 72 67 79 75 70 (-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)


T79 Jordan Smith ENG 76 71 72 65 (E)
T85 Jordan Wrisdale ENG 74 72 74 65 (+1)
T92 Ashley Chesters ENG 73 69 74 70 (+2)
T92 Sam Walker ENG 68 76 74 68 (+2)
T92 Scott Henry SCO 71 69 70 76 (+2)
T92 Jimmy Mullen ENG 74 69 75 68 (+2)
T105 Robert Coles ENG 72 68 74 73 (+3)
T105 Jack Doherty SCO 69 73 75 70 (+3)
T105 Steven Brown ENG 73 71 71 72 (+3)
T105 Matt Wallace ENG 71 76 72 68 (+3)
T105 Ross Kellett SCO 75 65 70 77 (+3)
T115 Jack Senior ENG 74 68 74 72 (+4)
T115 Bradley Neil SCO 73 69 76 70 (+4)
T115 Robin Roussel (AM) FRA 70 72 74 72 (+4)
T121 Jamie Rutherford ENG 71 71 77 70 (+5)
T124 Tom Murray ENG 69 72 69 80 (+6)
T124 Ruaidhri McGee IRE 64 87 73 66 (+6)
T129 Brian Casey IRE 76 69 75 71 (+7)
T142 Peter Tarver-Jones ENG 74 75 76 71 (+12)
T142 Nick Dougherty ENG 76 74 75 71 (+12)
T145 Mark Laskey WAL 72 74 76 75 (+13)

WD George Murray SCO 76 70 79 WD
WD Max Orrin ENG 76 66 79 WD
DQ Peter Lawrie IRE 76 69 DQ

> Click Here For The Final Stage Q-School Results

For the full 2015 European Tour Q-School story – with a GB&I slant – please visit my ET Q-School page.


Copyright © 2015, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

How Did The 2014 European Tour Q-School Graduates Get On ?

28th October 2015

On 20th November 2014 27 players from 12 different countries were celebrating having secured their full 2015 European Tour cards.

Two players, Tom Murray and Daniel Woltman, had even managed to come through all three stages of the gruelling Q-School process.

Of the 27 graduates, six were existing 2014 European Tour members whilst 11 would be rookies (R) in the 2015 season.  One of the latter group was Italy’s Renato Paratore, who at 17 years and 341 days, was the third youngest qualifier in the history of the event and the youngest since 1982.

With the UBS Hong Kong Open and the 2015 regular season now completed I thought I would have a closer look at how they have all got on.

The minimum goal for every European Tour player has to be retaining their card for the following season.  That means finishing in the Top 110 in the Race To Dubai (R2D) Rankings.  England’s Ben Evans finished in 110th spot with points / prize money of €250,211.  In other words the bar is quite high.

I have listed each of the 27 players below and shown their finishing position in the Final Qualifying Stage last year in brackets.  I have graded each of them on their achievements and regular season R2D Rankings.  Prior to the four Final Series tournaments, the first of which starts in Turkey this week, the points equate directly to Euro-denominated prize money.

A+ – Outstanding, they have exceeded all expectations

Anirban Lahiri IND (17) (R) 
R2D – 1,447,461 (10th) / Events 18
Wins in Malaysia and India in February meant Anirban got the job done early. His T5 at the US PGA Championship and subsequent President’s Cup appearance have put him on the world map.  No rookie has earned this amount of money in the history of the Tour before and the season still has a few weeks to run.

Matthew Fitzpatrick ENG (11) (R)
R2D – 1,435,826 (11th) / Events 28
Recently turned 21 Matt has the golfing world at his feet. His win at the British Masters was great for the event and British golf. When coupled with his 7 other Top 10s this season he will no doubt give Anirban a run for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of The Year award as the Final Series unfolds in the coming weeks.


A – a superb season with card retained and well placed to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship (Top 60)

Rikard Karlberg SWE (9) (R)
R2D – 597,058 (45th) / Events 23
Two weeks in September largely glossed over an average season for Rikard. He won the Italian Open then finished T5 at the Porsche European Open in Germany.

B – very good; card comfortably retained and excellent prize money earned

Eduardo De La Riva ESP (7)
R2D – 452,780 (67th) / Events 23
Another player who pulled out a couple of great results in the final weeks of the season. Eduardo finished T2 at The KLM Open and T3 at the Portugal Masters a couple of weeks ago.

Pelle Edberg SWE (21)
R2D – 440,646 (69th) / Events 25
Pelle retained his card with three strong performances this season; 4th at the Omega European Masters, 2nd at the D+D REAL Czech Masters and finally a 3rd at the Porsche European Masters.

Andrew Dodt AUS (10)
R2D – 434,990 (70th) / Events 17
Andrew won the True Thailand Classic back in February to get the job done early.

Renato Paratore ITA (3) (R)
R2D – 251,218 (109th) / Events 29
A steady start to the year with lots of cuts made but in the second half of the season the young Italian become more inconsistent, albeit with some better finishes. A great achievement for an 18 year old to retain his card so well worthy of a B grade.

C – a good outcome; card retained with nice prize money earned

Joakim Lagergren SWE (16)
R2D – 341,155 (83rd) / Events 23
A T3 at the Hero Indian Open, a T3 at the Italian Open and an impressive and nicely timed T4 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship were more than good enough for the young Swede.

Mikko Korhonen FIN (1)
R2D – 310,506 (89th) / Events 21
The winner of last year’s Q-School comfortably retained his card with a steady if unspectacular season which saw him pick up a modest cheque at most of the events he entered.

John Parry ENG (6)
R2D – 301,681 (92nd) / Events 26
John picked up a number of top 20 finishes and cheques, often at lower profile events, to retain his card.

Matt Ford ENG (4) (R)
R2D – 262,333 (105th) / Events 28
A 2nd place in the Africa Open back in March set up Matt’s season but it still took a brave T7 in Hong Kong last week for him to get the job done.

Chris Paisley ENG (22)
R2D – 254,681 (108th) / Events 21
An exceptional 3rd place at the BMW International Open in late June provided the foundation for Chris’s successful year.

Borja Virto ESP (19) (R)
R2D – 17,138 / Events 12 – excluded from the final R2D ranking
Focussed on the Challenge Tour (playing 17 events) and last week won The Foshan Open in China. This moved him up to 3rd on the Road To Oman Rankings (with €135,432) and, with the top 15 qualifying, effectively secured his 2015 European Tour card before next week’s finale.  Achieved the goal but in a roundabout way – therefore worthy of a C grade.

European Tour QS

D – a good effort but sadly fell short of the required standard and are therefore back to Q-School

Jason Scrivener AUS (18) (R)
R2D – 223,944 (117th) / Events 21
A solid finish to the year and a brave T3 at the UBS Hong Kong Open were sadly not enough for Jason to recover a slow start. Without a win you simply can’t start playing in July.

Adrian Otaegui ESP (5)
R2D – 222,735 (118th) / Events 26
Adrian made 16 cuts but couldn’t quite deliver the high end result(s) that gets you over the line. Lots to build on though.

Richard McEvoy ENG (8)
R2D – 178,021 (127th) / Events 25
A T5 at the Omega European Masters and a T7 at the Hero Indian Open were the highlights over a disappointing year for the 36th year old Englishman.

Pedro Oriol ESP (20)
R2D – 170,666 (130th) / Events 19
Like countryman Otaegui, Pedro made 16 cuts but with a best cheque of €34,042 for a T31 finish at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open just couldn’t make sufficient money to retain his card.

Lasse Jensen DEN (24)
R2D – 138,114 (144th) / Events 21
Another player who learned the lesson that consistency doesn’t always work on the European Tour. 13 cuts but few top 20s left Lasse well short.

Alessandro Tadini ITA (25)
R2D – 119,293 (148th) / Events 21
11 cuts but few high finishes, save for a good early season start in Africa, saw Alessandro struggle to break through in 2015.

Ricardo Gonzalez ARG (2)
R2D – 105,691 (160th) / Events 22
The 46 year old 4-time European tour winner from the Argentine is now sadly well past his best.

Paul Maddy ENG (13) (R)
R2D – 98,010 (162nd) / Events 26
Well off the pace in 2015 with Paul’s only notable performance coming in The South African Open in January (T5).

E – sadly came up a long way short and will enter the 2015 Q-School with only modest confidence

Tom Murray ENG (14) (R)
R2D – 67,897 (184th) / Events 21
Top 10s at the Nordea Masters and Madeira Open showed promise. His recent Challenge Tour win at the Volopa Irish Challenge in Northern Ireland means Tom, ranked 26th (€56,040), will go into the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final next week with all to play for and the possibility of avoiding a return to Q-School.

Andrea Pavan ITA (23)
R2D – 65,340 (187th) / Events 21
Andrea made 8 cuts but struggled to feature in the latter stages of any of these tournaments.

Chris Lloyd ENG (15)
R2D – 63,944 (188th) / Events 23
7 cuts made but only one in a first tier event; a T41 finish at the French Open is all Chris can take out of the season.

Daniel Woltman USA (26) (R)
R2D – 55,604 (195th) / Events 19
A T33 at the French Open was the highlight of Daniel’s year.

Cyril Bouniol FRA (27) (R)
R2D – 31,234 (208th) / Events 19
Cyril made 6 cuts but was unable to produce any finishes of note.

U – made little impact on the main Tour and ultimately failed to play sufficient events.

Espen Kofstad NOR (12)
R2D – 26,895 / Events 4 – excluded from the final R2D ranking
Another injury plagued season for Espen damaged his playing time. He will have a medical exemption for the 2016 season.

Another year where the harsh realities of the European Tour are clearly shown by a review of the results of the Q-School graduates.  Just 12 of the 27 players retained their card through their play on the Main Tour with Borja Virto also achieving it via the Challenge Tour.

Once again the vast majority of the successful players relied on no more than a handful of strong weeks.  The competition is so strong that only the really good golfers can hope to consistently deliver Top 20s.  Having looked at all of the results it makes me admire Matt Fitzpatrick’s season all the more, and even he has had a number of missed cuts.

Who would be a professional golfer – the game’s hard enough without all this pressure ?


~ The R2D Rankings used are the final regular season ones dated 25th October 2015.  They exclude Brooks Koepka who withdrew from the European Tour / R2D earlier this week.

Copyright © 2015, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

ET Final Stage Q-School 2014: Preview

14 November 2014

European Tour QS

The Final Stage European Tour Qualifying School (Q-School) event starts tomorrow at the PGA Catalunya Resort near Girona in North East Spain. The Final has been held here since 2008.

By way of briefing I thought I would lay out some background information for you: –

1) The entry fee for the 2014 European Tour Q-School was €1,725 (c.£1,400).  All players who compete must pay this sum irrespective of their Qualifying entry point.

2) 737 players entered at the First Stage competing in eight 72-hole events across Europe between 9th September and 3rd October on eight different courses.  Each competition had a prize fund of €5,000.

3) Four Second Stage 72-hole events were held between the 7th and 10th November.  The field of 293 consisted of 191 First Stage qualifiers and a 102 exempt players who had earned the right to enter the process at this next level.  110 players from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) competed in these qualifiers.  Again the prize fund for each competition was €5,000.

4) A field of 156 golfers will compete in the 108-hole (6 rounds) Final Stage competition which starts tomorrow.  Two courses are used; the Stadium (7,333 yards / Par 72) and the Tour (6,610 yards / Par 70).  Prior to the 72-hole cut two rounds are played on each.  The final two rounds are played by the leading 70 players on the Stadium Course.

5) All players competing at the Final Stage will be ranked according to their score.  The leading 25 players (and ties) are eligible for Category 15 membership of the European Tour (and Category 5 membership of the Challenge Tour) for the 2015 season.  The remainder of those making the cut will be eligible for Category 20 membership of the European Tour (and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour).  Players who miss the cut will be eligible for Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour.   Information on the European Tour membership categories can be found here.  The prize fund is yet to be confirmed but last year it was €150,000.

6) 28 different countries are represented in the Final Stage.  The standard is high – 29 players have previously won a European Tour event and between them they account for a total of 49 Tour victories.  Two players, Phillip Price and Ignacio Garrido have represented Europe in the Ryder Cup.

7) Out of the 156 players 87 were exempt into the Final Stage, 30 players were exempt into the Second Stage and 39 players started at the First Stage.  In total 926 players will have therefore entered the 2015 Q-School.  As this is the seventh successive year that the final has been held at PGA Catalunya the two courses will be familiar to many of the players.

8) England are the best represented country with 36 competitors. Sweden have 18 players, France 14, Spain 12, Australia 7, South Africa 6 and Germany 5.  Scotland 5, Wales 5, Ireland 4 and Northern Ireland 1 make up the home nations.

9) The GB&I competitors are listed below with their entry points.  I am particularly interested in the First Stage qualifiers as it is clearly some achievement to successfully negotiate all 252 Q-School holes and to secure a Card.  Good luck to all of our players but particularly this group.

Final Stage Qualifying Entrants – 25 Players

  • Phillip Archer (ENG)
  • Robert Coles (ENG)
  • Dave Coupland (ENG)
  • Rhys Davies (WAL)
  • David Dixon (ENG)
  • Stephen Dodd (WAL)
  • Nick Dougherty (ENG)
  • Ben Evans (ENG)
  • Kenneth Ferrie (ENG)
  • William Harrold (ENG)
  • Scott Henry (SCO)
  • Peter Lawrie (IRE)
  • Gareth Maybin (NI)
  • Stuart Manley (WAL)
  • Andrew Marshall (ENG)
  • Ross McGowen (ENG)
  • Max Orrin (ENG)
  • John Parry (ENG)
  • Kevin Phelan (IRE)
  • Phillip Price (WAL)
  • Callum Shinkwin (ENG)
  • Lee Slattery (ENG)
  • Simon Thornton (IRE)
  • Simon Wakefield (ENG)
  • Peter Whiteford (SCO)

Second Stage Qualifying Entrants – 14 players

  • Wallace Booth (SCO)
  • Jamie Elson (ENG)
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG)
  • Matt Ford (ENG)
  • Billy Hemstock (ENG)
  • Lloyd Kennedy (ENG)
  • Nathan Kimsey (ENG)
  • Gary Lockerbie (ENG)
  • Chris Lloyd (ENG)
  • Paul Maddy (ENG)
  • Richard McEvoy (ENG)
  • Chris Paisley (ENG)
  • Duncan Stewart (SCO)
  • Sam Walker (ENG)

First Stage Qualifying Entrants – 12 players

  • Neil Chaudhuri (ENG) – Frilford Heath – Blue
  • Scott Fallon (ENG) – The Roxburghe
  • Simon Griffiths (ENG) – Golf d’Hardelot
  • Garry Houston (WAL) – Golf d’Hardelot (17th Q-School app.)
  • Paul Howard (AM) (ENG) – Frilford Heath – Red
  • Ross Kellett (SCO) – Frilford Heath Blue
  • Michael McGeady (IRE) – Golf d’Hardelot
  • Tom Murray (ENG) – The Roxburghe
  • Ben Parker (ENG) – Fleesensee
  • Garrick Porteous (ENG) – The Roxburghe
  • Matthew Southgate (ENG) – Frilford Heath – Blue
  • Toby Tree (ENG) – Golf d’Hardelot

10) I am also keeping an eye on the overseas ‘Amateurs’ who are still in play, some of whom have turned Pro during the Q-School process: –

Other Overseas Notables

  • Emilio Cuartero Blanco (AM) (SPA) – 1st Stage (Bogogno)
  • Geoff Drakeford* (AUS) – 1st Stage (Frilford Heath – Red)
  • Zander Lombard~ (SA) -1st Stage (Ribagolfe)
  • Renato Paratore~ (ITA) – 2nd Stage (WAGR ranking exemption)

* Geoff turned Pro. ahead of competing at Second Stage Q-School.
~ Zander and Renato are turning Pro. ahead of playing in the Final Stage.

To follow the European Tour’s Final Stage Q-School Live Scoring link click here.


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