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 – Final Stage Update (Day 4)

17th November 2015

The Final Stage European Tour Qualifying School event started last Friday at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Gerona.  It is the 8th consecutive year that this Spanish Club has hosted the final Q-School competition.

953 players entered the 2015 Q-School programme.  156 players from 26 different countries teed off last week – 49 were from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I). Looking at the field 43 of them started out at First Stage, 31 at Second Stage and 82 were exempt straight into Final Stage.

Four of the six rounds have now been completed, two each on both the Stadium and Tour Courses.  The Stadium Course (7,333 yards, par 72) is much tougher than the Tour Course (6,610 yards, par 70).  This difference was highlighted dramatically this year by Ireland’s Ruaidhri McGee who shot a round 1 64 on the Tour before following it with an 87 on the Stadium on day 2.

Following today’s 72 hole Top 70 and Ties cut (which fell at -1) the field has been reduced to 78 players – with 26 coming from GB&I. Those players who have made the Final Stage Q-School cut are now eligible for Category 21 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour.  Those who have failed to make the cut are eligible for Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour.

A final 36 holes around the Stadium Course will now be completed.  For those who have made the cut the playing targets for the 2015/16 season will be raised higher. The Top 25 and Ties at the end of play on Thursday will each receive the ‘golden ticket’ – a Category 16 membership of the European Tour and Category 5 membership of the Challenge Tour.

European Tour QS

So let’s take stock after 72 holes and with the 2015 Q-School cut having fallen.

England’s Daniel Gavins and Chris Hanson share the Q-School lead after 72 holes.  Another 9 GB&I players are currently lying in the all important Top 25 places.  It is interesting to note that four of these are seasoned Pros, Ross McGowan, David DixonDamian McGrane and Richard Finch.  The star of this year’s Open Championship Paul Dunne shot a 68 on the Stadium to move nicely into position in T18.  Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult will be disappointed with today’s 76 but should be very proud of his current T8 position – let’s hope he can finish off the job.

The group that made the cut but will need to play extra well over the next two days to secure their cards also includes some experienced names such as Mark Foster, Kenneth Ferrie and Richard McEvoy.  Younger pros like Kevin Phelan, Joshua White, Ryan Evans and Josh Loughrey have also done well and are more than capable of good finishes.  Spain’s Scott Fernandez is the only other amateur to make the cut.

Jordan Smith and Jordan Wrisdale were unlucky to just miss the cut after brave 65’s on the Tour course; sadly both scores ended up being insufficient to remedy poor first rounds.  Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, 22 tomorrow, both fell short of joining their fellow 2015 Walker Cup teammate Dunne in the final stages.  Other notable former amateur stars Jack SeniorBradley Neil and Max Orrin also missed out.

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

MADE CUT (INSIDE TOP 25 & TIES)

T1 Daniel Gavins ENG 71 65 66 68 (-14)
T1 Chris Hanson ENG 70 63 66 71 (-14)
T8 Gary King ENG 64 72 64 74 (-10)
T8 Marcus Kinhult (AM) SWE 66 67 65 76 (-10)
T10 Ross McGowan ENG 69 69 64 73 (-9)
T10 David Dixon ENG 72 68 64 71 (-9)
T14 James Robinson ENG 72 69 64 71 (-8)
T14 Damien McGrane IRE 71 68 66 71 (-8)
T14 Matthew Southgate ENG 72 66 68 70 (-8)
T18 Paul Dunne IRE 71 68 70 68 (-7)
T24 Laurie Canter ENG 67 69 68 74 (-6)
T24 Richard Finch ENG 69 66 70 73 (-6)

MADE CUT (OUTSIDE TOP 25 & TIES)

T34 David Law SCO 67 72 68 72 (-5)
T34 Peter Whiteford SCO 74 70 67 68 (-5)
T34 Mark Foster ENG 71 68 67 73 (-5)
T39 Kenneth Ferrie ENG 70 69 64 77 (-4)
T39 Richard McEvoy ENG 66 74 69 71 (-4)
T44 Kevin Phelan IRE 70 72 66 73 (-3)
T51 Scott Fernandez (AM) ESP 64 72 67 79 (-2)
T51 Joshua White ENG 68 74 73 67 (-2)
T51 Charlie Ford ENG 71 71 73 67 (-2)
T51 Ryan Evans ENG 67 72 70 73 (-2)
T51 Josh Loughrey ENG 72 72 69 69 (-2)
T51 Simon Thornton IRE 71 67 73 71 (-2)
T51 Paul Shields SCO 67 70 68 77 (-2)
T66 Paul Howard ENG 73 67 68 75 (-1)
T66 Matthew Nixon ENG 72 76 68 67 (-1)
T66 Stuart Manley WAL 66 74 69 74 (-1)

MISSED CUT

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 Latest Final Stage Q-School Scores

ME.

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