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.

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.

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