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

October / November 2018

I continue to follow the progress of all of the amateurs and some selected Great British and Irish (GB&I) professionals in the 2018 European Tour Q-School series.

This article focuses on SECOND STAGE QUALIFYING which ended on Monday 5th November at Desert Springs GC, Las Colinas G&CC, El Encin GH and Alenda Golf, all in Spain.

Each competition was played concurrently over 72 holes over four days with no cut.

291 players started these events with 98 (34%) of these hailing from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I).

804 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 171 (21.3%) progressing to Second Stage. These numbers included 62 amateurs, 13 of which were successful. Of these Spain’s Angel Hidalgo and Switzerland’s Perry Cohen chose to turn pro ahead of Second Stage.

These 171 qualifiers were joined by those players who were exempt from First Stage due to their performances on the 2018 European Tour, Challenge Tour and other feeder / satellite tours.

Exemptions were also given 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) – all of whom have recently turned Pro – started their Q-School journeys at Second Stage this year.

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95 qualifying places were made available for Second Stage with sudden death play-offs required at three of the four sites to separate tied players for the final space(s) and to determine the alternates.

Well done to Kristoffer REITAN (NOR), Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), Andrew WILSON (ENG) and Allen JOHN (GER), the four amateurs who progressed from Second Stage.

These 95 qualifiers will be joined by 61 exempt players at Lumine GC for next week’s Final Stage event. The total field of 156 will play 108 holes with the target for all of the players being a Top 25 finish and a European Tour card.

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Here are the links to the European Tour’s Q-School results webpages as well my own selected player summaries (name / country / scores / result / 1st stage qualification where applicable) : –

1. DESERT SPRINGS GOLF CLUB, ALMERÍA – 6,745 yards, Par 72

Click here for the full Desert Springs – Results

Entries – 73 players with 28 from GB&I (38%) started with 24 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Deyen LAWSON (AUS) -21 WINNER
Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) -15 4th
Jamie ABBOTT (ENG) -9 T14 (Stoke By Nayland 1st – Winner)
Daniel YOUNG (SCO) -9 T14 (Bom Sucesso 1st)

DID NOT QUALIFY
Matthew JORDAN (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/18 -8 T19 / Lost in a 6 from 8 play-off
Jonathan CALDWELL (N.I.) -8 T19 / Lost in a 6 from 8 play-off
Todd CLEMENTS (ENG) TURNED PRO 8/18 -4 T37
Victor VEYRET (FRA) AM -2 T42 (Hardelot 1st)
Leandro MARELLI (ARG) -2 T42 (Bogogno 1st – Winner)
Jack FLOYDD (ENG) AM Ev T51 (Frilford 1st)
Gary HURLEY (IRE) Ev T51 (Frilford 1st – Winner)
Craig HOWIE (SCO) +7 63rd
[Luke DONNELLY (IRE) – WD before play started on Day 1 (The Players 1st)]

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2. LAS COLINAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, ALICANTE – 6,974 yards, Par 71

Click here for the full Las Colinas – Results

Entries – 71 players with 18 from GB&I (25%) started with 23 + 1 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Christian BRAEUNIG (GER) -15 WINNER (on countback)
Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) AM -12 T8 (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Kurt KITAYAMA (USA) -9 T13 (Hardelot 1st – Winner)
Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) AM -7 T19 (Frilford 1st)

Will ENEFER (ENG) -6 T24 (Fleesensee 1st) 1st Alternate

DID NOT QUALIFY
Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/18 -4 T32 (The Players 1st)
Angel HIDALGO (ESP) TURNED PRO 10/18 -3 T35 (Bogogno 1st)
Cameron RAYMOND (IRE) +1 T47 (Bogogno 1st)
Vince VAN VEEN (NED) TURNED PRO 9/18 +2 T50 (Bogogno 1st)
Dan HEBENSTREIT (AUT) AM +3 T53 (Ebreichsdorf 1st)
Joshua WHITE (ENG) +4 T57 (Frilford 1st)
Maximilian LECHNER (AUT) AM +10 66th (Ebreichsdorf 1st)
Bradley MOORE (ENG) +15 67th (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Bryden MACPHERSON (AUS) WD After Rd 3 on +11 (Ebreichsdorf 1st)

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3. EL ENCIN GOLF HOTEL, Madrid – 7,539 yards, Par 72

Click here for the full El Encin – Results

Entries – 74 players with 24 from GB&I (32%) started with 24 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Josh GEARY (AUS) -17 WINNER
Toby TREE (ENG) -13 T6
Cormac SHARVIN (NI) -13 T6
Robin DAWSON (IRE) TURNED PRO 9/18 -13 T6
David BOOTE (WAL) -12 T14 (Frilford 1st)
Andrew WILSON (ENG) AM -11 T18 (Frilford 1st)

DID NOT QUALIFY
Joshua MCMAHON (ENG) AM -7 T31 (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Lorenzo SCALISE (ITA) TURNED PRO 9/18 -5 T43 (Bogogno 1st)
Haydn MCCULLEN (ENG) -6 T35 (The Players 1st – Winner)
Casey WITTENBERG (USA) WD After Rd 3 on +5 (Ebreichsdorf 1st – Winner)

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4. ALENDA GOLF, ALICANTE – 6,843 yards, Par 72 

Click here for the full Alenda – Results

Entries – 73 players with 28 from GB&I (38%) started with 24 qualifying.

QUALIFIED
Joe DEAN (ENG) -15 WINNER
Jack MCDONALD (SCO) -12 T3 (Hardelot 1st)
Allen JOHN (GER) AM -12 T3 (Hardelot 1st)
Sebastian GARCIA RODRIGUEZ (ESP) -10 T8 (Bom Sucesso 1st – Winner)
Scott GREGORY (ENG) -10 T8 (The Players 1st)
Craig ROSS (SCO) -9 T12 (Fleesensee 1st)
Frederik DREIER (DEN) -6 T21 / Won in a 4 from 6 play-off (Fleesensee 1st – Winner)

DID NOT QUALIFY
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL) -6 T21 / Lost in a 4 from 6 play-off (Stoke By Nayland 1st)
Bradley NEIL (SCO) -5 T27
Ross CAMERON (SCO) -3 T33 (Ebreichsdorf 1st)
Marco PENGE (ENG) -3 T33 (The Players 1st)
Alfie PLANT (ENG) -3 T33 (Bogogno 1st)
Hunter STEWART (USA) -2 T39 (Bogogno 1st)
Ashton TURNER (ENG) -1 T46 (Frilford 1st)
Mike TOOROP (NED) AM Ev T50 (Hardelot 1st)
Richard MANSELL (ENG) +1 T54 (The Players 1st)
Nick POPPLETON (ENG) AM +2 T58 (Frilford 1st)
Conor O’ROURKE (IRE) +4 65th (Bom Sucesso 1st)
Perry COHEN (SUI) TURNED PRO 11/18 +11 70th (Ebreichsdorf 1st)

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).

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.

For a recap on the eight First Stage competitions played between 11th September and 12th October please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2018 First Stage Preview & Results

Second Stage

The Second Qualifying Stage consists of four separate 72-hole events that will be played at Desert Springs R&GC, Las Colinas G&CC, El Encin GH and Alenda Golf, 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. I assume Panoramica failed the final European Tour inspection given the late change.

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 (and ties) from the 156 that will contest Final Stage will be eligible for membership of the European Tour and membership of the Challenge Tour for the 2018/19 season. The leading 70 players (and ties) who make the 72-hole cut will obtain a lower category memberships of the European Tour and the Challenge Tour. Those who miss the cut receive an even lower category membership of the Challenge Tour.

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Copyright © 2018, 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.

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Copyright © 2017, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.