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 2015 – Second Stage Results

9th November 2015

The Second Stage European Tour Qualifying School events were completed today after four days of intense competition.

267 players competed across four courses in Spain – El Saler, Las Colinas, Lumine and Panoramica – with a total of 73 players progressing to next week’s Final Stage Q-School event.

104 players from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) were in the Second Stage Field.  25 were successful and they now move onto the six-round Final Stage competition that will take place at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Gerona between 14th-19th November.

Listed below are the complete Second Stage results for all of the GB&I players: –

Campo de Golf El Saler – 7,057 yards, Par 72

7 GB&I players out of a starting 26 qualified at El Saler.  Devon’s Walker Cup star Jimmy Mullen (-16) was medalist by 4-shots once again demonstrating his ability to rise to the big occasion.  Yorkshire’s Jordan Wrisdale who has only recently turned Pro qualified comfortably in T5.  Birthday boy Jordan Smith (23 today) and Josh Loughrey, who both secured Challenge Tour cards in recent weeks, via the PGA Euro Pro Tour and Alps Tour respectively, also remain on course to go one better.  Will Roebuck (75), Luke Cornford (76) and amateur Nick Watson (80) will all be disappointed to have fallen away on the final day.  Ireland’s Chris Selfridge had to withdraw when well placed with an injured wrist while Gavin Moynihan will be disappointed with his finish after an encouraging opening day.     

Qualifiers

  • 1st Jimmy Mullen ENG  69 65 70 68 -16 €1,800
  • 4th Laurie Canter ENG  71 72 66 70 -9 €650
  • T5 David Law SCO  68 72 67 73 -8 €112
  • T5 Jordan Wrisdale ENG  73 67 68 72 -8 €112
  • T9 Peter Tarver-Jones ENG  68 71 72 70 -7
  • T11 Jordan Smith ENG  69 71 69 73 -6
  • 14th Josh Loughrey ENG  70 72 71 70 -5

Jimmy Mullen QSchool

Jimmy Mullen (Photo © @ETQSchool)

Non-Qualifiers

  • T19 James Maw ENG  69 71 77 69 -2
  • T24 Will Roebuck ENG  68 75 69 75 -1
  • T27 Simon Griffiths ENG  72 70 72 74 E
  • T29 Andrew Marshall ENG  69 74 73 73 +1
  • T29 Luke Cornford ENG  69 72 72 76 +1
  • T33 Michael Stewart SCO  73 74 71 72 +2
  • T33 Chris Rodgers ENG  73 71 71 75 +2
  • T38 Nathan Kimsey ENG  72 73 70 76 +3
  • T38 Benjamin Poke ENG  72 72 71 76 +3
  • T44 Thomas Shadbolt ENG  75 69 74 75 +5
  • T44 Garrick Porteous ENG  76 71 73 73 +5
  • T46 Stiggy Hodgson ENG  74 73 72 75 +6
  • T46 Nick Watson (AM) ENG  70 76 68 80 +6
  • T51 Patrick Ruff (AM) ENG  70 72 76 78 +8
  • T51 Gavin Moynihan IRE  68 73 80 75 +8
  • T56 Michael McGeady IRE  76 73 69 80 +10
  • WD Paul Maddy ENG  73 77 73
  • RTD Chris Selfridge IRE  70 69
  • RTD Chris Doak SCO  77

> Click Here For The Full El Salar Q-School Results

Las Colinas Golf & Country Club – 6,974 yards, Par 71

There were just 3 GB&I qualifiers from the 23 starters at Las Colinas.  England’s Jamie Rutherford and Wales’ Stuart Manley, who performed very consistently led the way. Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult confirmed his outstanding potential by finishing T3 on -11.  In a tightly bunched field Darren Wright, Jamie Elson and Oliver Farr all drifted out of the qualifying places on the final day after shooting 73’s.

Qualifiers

  • 2nd Jamie Rutherford ENG  67 65 68 71 -13 €1,200
  • T3 Stuart Manley WAL  69 68 69 67 -11 €900
  • T18 Ross Kellett SCO  71 67 69 71 -6

Non-Qualifiers

  • T20 Darren Wright ENG  69 67 70 73 -5
  • T24 Rhys Enoch WAL  70 70 70 70 -4
  • T24 Oliver Farr WAL  70 68 69 73 -4
  • T14 Jamie Elson ENG  69 71 67 73 -4
  • T29 Jack Harrison ENG  71 70 70 70 -3
  • T29 Nick Marsh ENG  68 72 73 68 -3
  • T32 Luke Goddard ENG  67 73 72 70 -2
  • T29 James Watts ENG  73 70 68 72 -1
  • T35 Sam Hutsby ENG  68 70 70 75 -1
  • T35 Harry Casey ENG  73 73 68 69 -1
  • T39 Scott Fallon ENG  67 71 73 73 E
  • T52 Rory McNamara IRE  73 70 73 73 +5
  • T57 Dave Coupland ENG  71 77 72 72 +8
  • 62nd Sam Whitehead ENG  73 74 76 73 +12
  • RTD Garry Houston WAL  76 68 76
  • RTD Richard Kilpatrick NI  71 72 80
  • WD Ben Stow ENG  66 76 74
  • WD Liam Harper ENG  71 73 74
  • RTD Liam Bond WAL  71 69 WD
  • Zane Scotland ENG  76

> Click Here For The Full Las Colinas Q-School Results 

European Tour QS

Lumine Golf & Beach Club (Lakes Course) – 6,909 yards, Par 71

Lumine proved to be a happy hunting ground for the GB&I players with a total of 9 progressing from the 26 starters.  Daniel Gavins starred with medalist honours, sprinting through the finishing line with a -19 total.  Paul Howard was a notable qualifier with a consistent set of scores but it was his namesake and former GB&I amateur colleague Paul Dunne that stole the headlines – a final round 67 and progression through a play off saw to that.  French amateur Robin Roussel, who finished with a best of the week 62 and T3 place, should also be noted. Amateur champion Romain Langasque finished on -2 and 51st and is therefore still in line to play in three Majors next year.  English amateur Ashton Turner just missed out but can take confidence from his 69, 66 T25 finish.

Qualifiers

  • T1 Daniel Gavins ENG  68 67 64 66 -19 €1,800
  • T3 Paul Shields SCO  67 69 68 64 -16 €900
  • T6 Paul Howard ENG  67 67 67 69 -14 €225
  • T6 Matt Wallace ENG  66 66 67 71 -14 €225
  • 8th Jack Doherty SCO  66 69 69 67 -13
  • T9 Gary King ENG  68 67 69 68 -12
  • T9 Charlie Ford ENG  68 65 70 69 -12
  • T9 Mark Laskey WAL  71 63 69 69 -12
  • T17 Paul Dunne IRE  70 66 71 67 -10

Daniel Gavins

Daniel Gavins (Photo © @ETQSchool)

Non-Qualifiers

  • T25 Jason Barnes ENG  69 67 73 67 -8
  • T25 Ashton Turner (AM) ENG  71 70 69  66 -8
  • T29 Simon Wakefield ENG 73 70 67 67 -7
  • T29 Gary Hurley IRE  68 70 68 71 -7
  • T29 Steven Tiley ENG  70 66 68 73 -7
  • T38 Kris Gray ENG  71 68 69 70 -6
  • T38 Jason Levermore ENG  71 68 69 70 -6
  • T38 Alan Dunbar NI  68 71 70 69 -6
  • T47 Van Phillips ENG  68 68 70 74 -4
  • T52 Daniel Young (AM) SCO  72 70 70 71 -1
  • T52 Tom Hayward ENG  71 74 68 70 -1
  • T52 George Woolger ENG  69 73 71 70 -1
  • 58th Ryan O’Neill ENG  69 72 68 76 +1
  • T59 Thomas Murtagh ENG  70 74 71 71 +2
  • 63rd Neil Henderson SCO  72 71 74 72 +5
  • 66th Ben Rawsthorne ENG  73 75 71 72 +7
  • WD Jake Shepherd ENG  76 70 74

> Click Here For The Full Lumine Q-School Results

Panoramica Golf & Sport Resort – 7,030 yards, Par 72

6 GB&I players progressed from Panoramica from the 29 that started out last Friday morning. Ireland’s Brian Casey finished T1 with Spanish amateur Scott Fernandez with an astonishing -24 total.  Ashley Chesters will join his Walker Cup partner Jimmy Mullen at Final Stage as will 2014 Amateur champion Bradley Neil, both of whom qualified well.  Irish amateur Jack Hume nearly delivered a Second Stage miracle – his final round 63 got him in to a 6-man play-off on -11 but he sadly came up short and will now be relying on withdrawals to make it to PGA Catalunya.  Australia’s Antonio Murdaca shot a final round 64 to make the grade and join compatriot Todd Sinnott, who qualified at Lumine.  Both are newly turned Pro’s managed by Chubby Chandler’s ISM.

Qualifiers

  • T1 Brian Casey IRE  65 68 64 67 -24 €1,800
  • T7 Ashley Chesters ENG  69 66 68 70 -15
  • T7 Matthew Southgate ENG  67 65 70 71 -15
  • T11 Bradley Neil SCO  70 71 66 67 -14
  • T14 Steven Brown ENG  70 67 69 69 -13
  • T16 Joshua White ENG  70 68 70 68 -12

Non-Qualifiers

  • T18 Jack Hume (AM) IRE  72 70 72 63 -11
  • T18 Marcus Armitage ENG  66 72 68 71 -11
  • T26 Mark Young ENG  70 70 69 70 -9
  • T31 Tomasz Anderson ENG  70 70 69 71 -8
  • T41 Paul Reed ENG  71 71 71 69 -6
  • T41 Richard James WAL  73 69 72 68 -6
  • T44 Colm Campbell Jnr (AM) IRE  68 76 70 69 -5
  • T44 Mark Hillson SCO  68 73 72 70 -5
  • T46 Ricky Brackenbury ENG  72 71 69 72 -4
  • T48 Matthew Cort ENG  70 70 73 72 -3
  • T50 Sam Connor ENG  69 71 74 72 -2
  • T50 Jamie Howarth ENG  73 70 74 69 -2
  • T57 Alex Wrigley ENG  71 74 68 75 E
  • 63rd Lee Clarke ENG  72 71 72 76 +3
  • 64th Luke Johnson ENG  70 71 75 76 +4
  • T65 Ben Wheeler ENG  73 73 71 78 +7
  • T65 Craig Lawrie SCO  73 72 72 78 +7
  • WD William Harold ENG  70 75 71
  • WD Duncan Stewart SCO  70 76 74
  • WD Jonathan Caldwell NI  68 75 77
  • WD Levi Desmond ENG  73 81
  • WD James Heath ENG
  • WD Aaron Rai ENG

> Click Here For The Full Panoramica Q-School Results 

ME.

Copyright © 2015, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.