The European Tour’s FINAL STAGE QUALIFYING event started at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain on Saturday 10th November 2018.
A total of six rounds will be played with the final round to be played on Thursday 15th. The first 72 holes were played on Lumine’s Lakes and Hills Courses, switching between the two on a daily basis. The final 36 holes will be played solely on the Lakes Course.
156 players from 28 countries started the event. 59 of them were exempt due to past performances, 95 were Second Stage Q-School qualifiers and 2 were Second Stage Alternates (Will ENEFER ENG and David COOKE USA).
77 players, including 18 from GB&I, made the top 70 and ties cut which fell at 280 (-6) after 72 holes. They will now play the final 36 holes on the Lakes Course.
Those players who made the cut have secured full Challenge Tour membership for 2019 and a lower membership category on the European Tour.
The goal now is to finish in the top 25, including ties, to secure a full 2019 European Tour card. In what’s proving to be a low scoring event it appears a minimum total of -17 will be required.
Following the Round 4 cut amateur hopes rested solely with Norway’s Kristoffer REITAN (-15). He remains well placed after Round 5, tied 10th on -17.
I have been following the 52 GB&I players this week as well as a few selected overseas competitors (in green). The list below shows how they all stand AFTER ROUND 5, along with their qualification information: –
PLAYERS T25 OR BETTER POTENTIALLY EARNING A ET CARD (after 90 holes)
T1 -21 Zander LOMBARD (RSA) – 2018 RTD 134th
T1 -21 Kurt KITAYAMA (USA) – Hardelot 1st (Winner) / Las Colinas 2nd
T1 -21 Romain LANGASQUE (FRA) – 2018 RTRAK 19th
T8 -18 Ben EVANS (ENG) – El Encin 2nd
T8 -18 Daniel GAVINS (ENG) – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd
T10 -17 Deyen LAWSON (AUS) – Desert Springs 2nd (Winner)
T10 -17 Scott GREGORY (ENG) – The Players 1st / Alenda 2nd
T10 -17 Chris HANSON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 164th
T10 -17 Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) AM – Stoke By Nayland 1st / Las Colinas 2nd
T15 -16 Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) – Desert Springs 2nd
T24 -15 David BOOTE (WAL) – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd
T24 -15 Christian BRAEUNIG (GER) – Las Colinas 2nd (Winner)
PLAYERS T70 OR BETTER WHO HAVE MADE THE CUT (after 90 holes)
T27 -14 Marc WARREN (SCO) – 2018 RTD 131st / ET Career Earnings 69th
T32 -13 Josh GEARY (AUS) – El Encin 2nd (Winner)
T32 -13 Cormac SHARVIN (NI) – El Encin 2nd
T37 -12 Duncan STEWART (SCO) – Las Colinas 2nd
T47 -11 Joe DEAN (ENG) – Alenda 2nd (Winner)
T52 -10 Nick MCCARTHY (ENG) – Hardelot 1st / Alenda 2nd
T58 -9 Paul MADDY (ENG) – Las Colinas 2nd
T58 -9 Jonathan THOMSON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 148th
T67 -7 Craig ROSS (SCO) – Fleesensee 1st / Alenda 2nd
T67 -7 Laurie CANTER (ENG) – 2018 RTD 155th
T67 -7 Jamie ABBOTT (ENG) – Stoke By Nayland 1st (Winner) / Desert Springs 2nd
T70 -6 Ryan EVANS (ENG) – 2018 RTD 149th
T73 -5 Connor SYME (SCO) – 2018 RTD 127th
T76 -3 Robin DAWSON (IRE) TURNED PRO 9/18 – El Encin 2nd
PLAYERS WHO MISSED THE CUT (after 72 holes)
T78 -5 Richard BLAND (ENG) – 2018 RTD 165th
T78 -5 Dale WHITNELL (ENG) – Frilford 1st / Las Colinas 2nd
T78 -5 Gary KING (ENG) – Frilford 1st / Las Colinas 2nd
T78 -5 Rhys ENOCH (WAL) – Las Colinas 2nd
T78 -5 Sebastian G. RODRIGUEZ (ESP) – Bom Sucesso 1st (Winner) / Alenda 2nd
T84 -4 Allen JOHN (GER) AM – Hardelot 1st / Alenda 2nd
T84 -4 James RUTH (ENG) – The Players 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T95 -3 Simon DYSON (ENG) – ET Career Earnings 45th
T95 -3 Will ENEFER (ENG) – Fleesensee 1st / Las Colinas 2nd (1st Alternate)
T95 -3 Jack SENIOR (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 28th
T95 -3 James HEATH (ENG) – ET Tournament Winner
T95 -3 Callum SHINKWIN (ENG) – 2018 RTD 120th
T100 -2 Oliver WILSON (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 17th
T100 -2 Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) AM – Frilford 1st / Las Colinas 2nd
T108 Ev Toby TREE (ENG) – El Encin 2nd
T108 Ev Ross MCGOWAN (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 44th
T108 Ev Oliver FARR (ENG) – 2018 RTD 146th
T108 Ev Steve WEBSTER (ENG) – ET Career Earnings 71st
T108 Ev Matt FORD (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T108 Ev Andrew WILSON (ENG) TURNED PRO 08/11/18 – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd
T108 Ev James ROSS (SCO) – Bom Sucesso 1st / El Encin 2nd
T117 +1 Chris LLOYD (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T117 +1 Toby HUNT (WAL) – Bom Sucesso 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T117 +1 Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) – 2018 RTD 123rd
T123 +2 John PARRY (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T123 +2 Calum HILL (SCO) – 2018 RTRAK 35th
T123 +2 Matthew NIXON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 124th
T123 +2 Richard FINCH (ENG) – Desert Springs 2nd
T132 +3 Mark LASKEY (WAL) – Frilford 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T135 +4 Daniel YOUNG (SCO) – Bom Sucesso 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T135 +4 Chris ROBB (SCO) – Las Colinas 2nd
T135 +4 Jack MCDONALD (SCO) – Hardelot 1st / Alenda 2nd
T138 +5 Andrew WILLEY (ENG) – The Players 1st / Desert Springs 2nd
T138 +5 Ewen FERGUSON (SCO) – 2018 RTRAK 36th
T141 +6 Frederik DREIER (DEN) – Fleesensee 1st (Winner) / Alenda 2nd
RTD +11 (54h) Scott HENRY (SCO) – Desert Springs 2nd
DQ -7 (36h) Tom MURRAY (ENG) – 2018 RTRAK 16th
Click this link to follow the European Tour website’s Final Stage – Live Scores
A total of six rounds or 108 holes will be played.
To start with each player will play 72 holes; two rounds each on Lumine’s Lakes (6,909 yards, par 71) and Hills (6,975 yards, par 72) Courses.
Lumine Beach & Golf Club – 18th hole, Hills Course (Photo: http://www.lumine.com)
There will then be a cut with only the top 70 players and ties playing the two final rounds, both on the tougher Lakes Course.
Players who finish in the top 25 and tied for 25th place will secure a Category 17 2019 European Tour card and membership of the Challenge Tour.
Those players who make the cut will be handed a lower membership of both the European Tour and Challenge Tour.
Those who miss the cut will receive an even lower Category 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 had a total prize fund of €150,000. The winner received €16,000 with those finishing in the Top 25 (and ties) reducing amounts down to €1,860. The prize fund is expected to be similar to this in 2018.
THE 2018 STORY SO FAR
First Stage consisted of eight 72 hole stroke play qualifying events, split into four Sections, A, B, C and D, played between 11th September and 12th October.
804 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 171 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.
For a recap on the First Stage competitions please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2018 First Stage Preview & Results
The Second Qualifying Stage consisted of four separate 72-hole events played at Desert Springs R&GC, Las Colinas G&CC, El Encin GH and Alenda Golf, all in Spain, on 2nd – 5th November 2018.
291 players started Second Stage Qualifying with 98 of these coming from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I). 120 players were exempted straight into Second Stage based on their past performances.
93 qualifying places were made available for Second Stage with sudden death play-offs required at three of the four sites to separate tied players.
Four amateurs, Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), Allen JOHN (GER), Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) and Andrew WILSON (ENG) were amongst the qualifiers. Andrew WILSON chose to turn Pro ahead of Final Stage.
For a recap on the Second Stage competitions please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2018 Second Stage Preview & Results
2017 EUROPEAN TOUR FINAL STAGE QUALIFYING
Sam HORSFIELD (ENG) won the Final Stage of the 2017 European Tour Qualifying School, played for the first time at Lumine Golf Club.
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 (ENG) in 2016 he became the second player in a row and the third in total to come through all three stages of Q-School and win.
Sam Horsfield – Winner of the European Tour’s 2017 Q-School (Photo: @hr59sam)
Click here to view the European Tour’s – 2017 Final Stage Results
Looking back 2018 has proved to be a relatively good year for Q-School graduates. Andreas PAVANN (ITA), Sam HORSFIELD (ENG), Mattias SCHWAB (AUS), Jacques KRUYSWIJK (RSA), Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTAÑO (ESP) and Christian BEZUIDENHOUT (RSA) and Justin WATERS (RSA) all retained their cards this season.
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