European Tour Q-School – 2019 Final Stage Preview & Results

13th November 2019 (Updated 20th November 2019)

The European Tour’s FINAL STAGE QUALIFYING event was played between 15th – 20th November 2019 at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain.

Lumine replaced PGA Catalunya Resort in 2017 and hosted Final Stage for the third consecutive time.

A total of six rounds or 108 holes were played over the venue’s two championship courses; the Lakes which plays 6,909 yards (par 71) and the Hills which is slightly longer at 6,975 yards (par 72).

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Lumine Beach & Golf Club – 18th hole, Hills Course (Photo: http://www.lumine.com)

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156 players from 28 different countries started Final Stage. 74 of them were exempt due to past performances and their previous status on the two tours, 79 were Second Stage Q-School qualifiers and the final 3 Second Stage Alternates (Gary STAL FRA,  Mathias EGGENBERGER AUT and Filip MRUZEK CZH).

Bjarki PETURSSON (ISL) turned Pro ahead of Final Stage which meant that no amateurs were competing in the event this year.

40 Great British & Irish players made the original lineup, 23 coming through Second Stage with the remainder being exempt. Unfortunately Paul DUNNE (IRE) withdrew before play commenced with a wrist injury taking our starters down to 39.

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77 players on -4 or better made the four round Top 70 cut and went on to play the final 36 holes exclusively on the Lakes Course. 22 GB&I players were amongst this number.

28 players finished tied 25th or better to earn a ‘full’ membership category on both the European and Challenge Tours for the 2020 season.

Benjamin POKE (DEN) earned medalist honours with a superb -25 total score.

8 GB&I players secured their cards – well done to Laurie CANTER (ENG), Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG), Marcus ARMITAGE (ENG), Bradley DREDGE (WAL), Jonathan CALDWELL (NIR), Dave COUPLAND (ENG), Toby TREE (ENG) and Dale WHITNELL (ENG).

Daniel YOUNG (SCO) and Tom GANDY (IOM) sadly missed out by one shot finishing tied 29th.

On average over the last 5 years the Final Stage medalist has received 29 European Tour starts whilst the 25th placed qualifier has garnered 19. Every finishing place therefore matters.

The players who made the 72 hole cut but finished outside the Top 25 also earned a membership category on the European Challenge Tour.

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I have specifically followed all of the Great British and Irish (GB&I) professionals, First Stage and Second Stage Qualifying medalists and a few other overseas ‘players of interest’. Here’s how they all finished: –

PLAYERS T25 OR BETTER EARNING A EUROPEAN TOUR CARD
1st  -25 Benjamin POKE (DEN) WINNER
T5   -16 Rasmus HØJGAARD (DEN)
T5   -16 Laurie CANTER (ENG)
T13 -14 Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T13 -14 Marcus ARMITAGE (ENG) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T17 -13 Bradley DREDGE (WAL)
T17 -13 Jonathan CALDWELL (NIR) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T17 -13 Dave COUPLAND (ENG) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T17 -13 Toby TREE (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T25 -12 Dale WHITNELL (ENG)

PLAYERS FINISHING T70 OR BETTER WHO MADE THE 72 HOLE CUT
T29 -11 Daniel YOUNG (SCO) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T29 -11 Wilco NIENABER (RSA) TURNED PRO 7/19 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T29 -11 Tom GANDY (IoM) –1st Stage Hardelot / 2nd Stage Alenda
T34 -10 Steven TILEY (ENG)
T34 -10 Craig HOWIE (SCO) – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T44  -8 Niall KEARNEY (IRE) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T44  -8 David DIXON (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T44  -8 Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE)
T51  -7 Nicolai HØJGAARD (DEN)
T51  -7 Matthew BALDWIN (ENG)
T51  -7 Marc WARREN (SCO)
T57  -6 Jordan WRISDALE (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T57  -6 Ewen FERGUSON (SCO)
T57  -6 Daniel GAVINS (ENG) – 2nd Stage Alenda
T65  -4 Euan WALKER (SCO) TURNED PRO 9/192nd Stage Las Colinas
67th -3 Aron ZEMMER (ITA) – 1st Stage Bogogno / 2nd Stage Bonmont WINNER
T68  -2 Ben STOW (ENG)

PLAYERS WHO MISSED THE 72 HOLE T70 CUT
T78  -3 Ben EVANS (ENG)
T78  -3 Liam JOHNSTON (SCO)
T78  -3 Robin DAWSON (IRE) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T91  -1 Blake WINDRED (AUS) TURNED PRO 10/19 – 2nd Stage Desert Springs WINNER
T91  -1 Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/191st Stage Frilford Heath / 2nd Stage Alenda
T96  Ev Björn HELLGREN (SWE) – 1st Stage Arlandastad WINNER / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T96  Ev Chris CANNON (ENG) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T96  Ev Scott GREGORY (ENG) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T96  Ev Lauri RUUSKA (FIN) – 1st Stage Fleesensee WINNER / 2nd Stage Bonmont
T106 +1 Ross MCGOWAN (ENG)
T106 +1 Will ENEFER (ENG) – 1st Stage Fleesensee / 2nd Stage Bonmont
T106 +1 Rhys ENOCH (WAL)
T106 +1 Gary KING (ENG) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T120 +3 Thomas ROSENMÜLLER (GER) TURNED PRO 10/19 – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf / 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T120 +3 Bjarki PETURSSON (ISL) TURNED PRO 11/19 – 1st Stage Fleesensee / 2nd Stage Bonmont
T120 +3 Jimmy JONES (CAN) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas WINNER
T131 +5 Jonathan THOMSON (ENG) – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T131 +5 Louis HIRST (ENG) – 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T134 +6 Ben BRISCOE (WAL) – 1st Stage Arlandastad / 2nd Stage Desert Springs
T134 +6 Jarand Ekelund ARNOY (NOR) – 1st Stage Stoke by Nayland / 2nd Stage Alenda WINNER
T138 +7 David MICHELUZZI (AUS) TURNED PRO 10/19 – 2nd Stage Bonmont
T138 +7 Michael HOEY (NIR) – 2nd Stage Las Colinas
T145 +8 Lee SLATTERY (ENG)
151 +15 Matteo MANASSERO (ITA)
152 +16 Steve WEBSTER (ENG)
WD Jamie DONALDSON (WAL) after Rd 2 (+2)
WD Paul DUNNE (IRE) before Rd 1

Click this link to view the European Tour website’s full – FINAL STAGE Q-SCHOOL RESULTS

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THE 2019 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 sprint has grown into potentially a 252 hole marathon.

Nowadays there are three stages of stroke play qualifying, First, Second and Final.

The 2019 European Tour Q-School entrance fee is £1,800 or €2,030 (2018: €2,000).

Some entrants are exempted straight into Second Stage or Final Stage based on their past results and ranking.

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First Stage

First Stage consisted of nine 72 hole stroke play qualifying events split into five Sections, A, B, C, D and E.

A total of 842 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 185 (22%) progressing to Second Stage. 83 of these were amateurs with a further 17 newly turned professionals. Of the First Stage qualifiers 22 started out as amateurs.

For a recap on the nine First Stage competitions played between 3rd September and 12th October please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2019 First Stage Preview & Results

Second Stage

The Second Qualifying Stage consisted of four separate 72-hole events played at Alenda Golf, Club de Golf Bonmont, Desert Springs GC and Las Colinas G&CC, all in Spain, concurrently on 7th-10th November 2019. The Alenda and Bonmont events required a fifth day due to strong winds.

183 of the 185 First Stage qualifiers were joined at Second Stage by those players who were exempt from the preliminary round due to their performances on the 2019 European Tour, Challenge Tour and other feeder / satellite tours.

The two missing First Stage qualifiers were, James NICHOLAS (USA) AM (1st Stage Bom Sucesso, Portugal) and Jordan NIEBRUGGE (USA) (1st Stage, Stoke-by-Nayland, England), who withdrew from the European Tour Qualifying Series after also qualifying for the Second Stage of the Korn Ferry Qualifying Series.

Exemptions into Second Stage were also given to the leading five Q-School entrants as at 21st August 2019, up to a limit of 15th place, in the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. As a result of this David MICHELUZZI (AUS) and Euan WALKER (SCO) were both exempted into Second Stage this year.

325 players started Second Stage with 82 progressing (including three Alternates) to Final Stage. 18 players competed as amateurs.

For a recap on the nine First Stage competitions played between 3rd September and 12th October please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2019 Second Stage Preview & Results

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European Tour Q-School – 2019 Second Stage Preview & Results

30th October 2019 (Updated – 11th November 2019)

The focus of this article is SECOND STAGE QUALIFYING which started on Thursday 7th November at Alenda Golf, Club de Golf Bonmont, Desert Springs GC and Las Colinas G&CC, all in Spain.

My interest primarily lies with all of the amateurs, Great British and Irish (GB&I) professionals, First Stage Qualifying medalists and a few other overseas ‘players of interest’.

The four competitions were played concurrently over 72 holes with no cut. The Alenda and Bonmont events required an extra day to complete due to high winds.

325 players started Second Stage with 93 (28.6%) of these hailing from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I). 18 players competed as amateurs.

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A total of 79 qualifying spots were allocated to Second Stage by the European Tour this year. 

3 alternates were also determined from each site to deal with any subsequent withdrawals from Final Stage.

23 GB&I players out of the 93 competing progressed to Final Stage which starts later this week.

Bjarki PETURSSON (ISL) was the only amateur to progress from Second Stage. Having come through the First Stage qualifier at Fleesensee in Germany he finished tied 8th at Golf Bonmont to earn his shot at the big time.

Interestingly 95 qualifying places were made available for Second Stage in 2018. This was because only 61 players were exempt into Final Stage last year whereas the number in 2019 was originally estimated at 77.

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Here are the results from the four European Tour Second Stage Q-School events with my selected players listed with their previous 2019 Q-School performances also shown in italics: –

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

Click here for the full Alenda – RESULTS

Qualifiers – 20 spots
Alternates – 3 (3rd, 7th and 11th) 

Entries – 81 players (+ 2 WD’s before play started) with 4 amateurs

Qualified
Jarand Ekelund ARNOY (NOR) -11 WINNER – 1st Stage Stoke by Nayland, England
Tom GANDY (IoM) -6 3rd – 1st Stage Hardelot, France
David DIXON (ENG) -4 T4
Jordan WRISDALE (ENG) -4 T4
Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/19 -3 T7 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Niall KEARNEY (IRE) -1 T15
Toby TREE (ENG) -1 T15
Daniel GAVINS (ENG) -1 T15

Not-Qualified
Matt FORD (ENG) +1 T23
Max ORRIN (ENG) +2 T26
Jordan GIBB (ENG) +3 T29
Rhys DAVIES (WAL) +5 T37
Paul MADDY (ENG) +5 T37
David LANGLEY (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/19 +6 T40 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Harrison ENDYCOTT (AUS) +6 T40
Harry ELLIS (ENG) +6 T40 – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf, Austria
Jamie MOUL (ENG) +8 T47
Luke DONNELLY (IRE) +12 56th
Ronan MULLARNEY (IRE) AM +13 T57 – 1st Stage Bom Sucesso, Portugal
Joe MACILWRAITH (ENG) AM +16 T59 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Brandon DIETZEL (GER) AM +22 61st – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf, Austria
Samuel ROBERTSHAWE (ENG) – WD after Rd 3 (+5)
Richard MANSELL (ENG) WD after Rd 3 (+6)
Bradley NEIL (SCO) WD after Rd 3 (+6)
Daniel BRENNAN (IRE) WD after Rd 3 (+9)
Kris NICOL (SCO) WD after Rd 3 (+10)
Chris LLOYD (ENG) WD after Rd 2 (+4)
Hugo BERNARD (CAN) WD after Rd 2 (+11) – 1st Stage Hardelot, France
Scott HENRY (SCO) WD after Rd 2 (+11)
Sam BROADHURST (ENG) AM WD after Rd 2 (+13) – 1st Stage The Players Club, England
Chris DOAK (SCO) WD after Rd 2 (+14)
Nick MCCARTHY (ENG) WD before Rd 1

2 players, Magnus ATLEVI (SWE) and Nick MCCARTHY (ENG), withdrew from the Alenda qualifier prior to play commencing on Day 1 and are therefore not included in the 325 number above.

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2. CLUB DE GOLF BONMONT, TARRAGONA – 6,976 yards, Par 72

Click here for the full Bonmont – RESULTS

Qualifiers – 19 spots
Alternates – 3 (1st, 5th and 9th)

Entries – 80 players with 5 amateurs

Qualified
Aron ZEMMER (ITA) -12 WINNER – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy
Jonathan CALDWELL (NI) -9 3rd
David MICHELUZZI (AUS) TURNED PRO 10/19 -7 T5
Lauri RUUSKA (FIN) -7 T5 – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany WINNER
Bjarki PETURSSON (ISL) AM -5 T8 – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany
Chris CANNON (ENG) -4 T12
Dave COUPLAND (ENG) -4 T12
Robin DAWSON (IRE) -4 T12
Will ENEFER (ENG) -4 T12 – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany
Jonathan THOMSON (ENG) -4 T12

Not-Qualified
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL) -1 T22 – 1st Stage Stoke-by-Nayland, England WINNER
Matthew NIXON (ENG) -1 T22
Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO) TURNED PRO 9/19 -1 T22 – 1st Stage The Players Club, England
Justin HICKS (USA) Ev T29 – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy CO–WINNER
Bradley MOORE (ENG) Ev T29
John PARRY (ENG) Ev T29
Stefano MAZZOLI (ITA) +1 36th – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy
William HARROLD (ENG) +3 T39
Ben JONES (ENG) AM +4 41st – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Sam LOCKE (SCO) +6 T44 – 1st Stage Hardelot, France WINNER
Blake COLLYER (AUS) TURNED PRO 9/19 +6 T44 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
David HAGUE (ENG) AM +8 T50 – 1st Stage Stoke-by-Nayland, England
Jannik DE BRUYN (GER) AM +10 53rd – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany
Daniel HILLIER (NZL) TURNED PRO 9/19 +11 T54 – 1st Stage The Players Club, England WINNER
John HENRY (SCO) +11 T54
Tyler HOGARTY (IRE) +12 T58
Stuart MANLEY (WAL) WD after Rd 3 (Ev)
Chris GANE (ENG) WD after Rd 3 (+3)
Laurie OWEN (ENG) AM WD after Rd 3 (+6) – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Michael BULLEN (ENG) WD after Rd 3 (+8)
Mitch WAITE (ENG) WD after Rd 3 (+15) – 1st Stage The Players Club, England
Chris HANSON (ENG) WD after Rd 2 (+2)
Ruaidhri MCGEE (IRE) WD after Rd 2 (+3)

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

Click here for the full Desert Springs – RESULTS

Qualifiers – 20 spots
Alternates – 3 (4th, 8th and 12th)

Entries – 81 players with 4 amateurs

Qualified
Blake WINDRED (AUS) TURNED PRO 10/19 -10 WINNER
Daniel YOUNG (SCO) -2 T7
Ben BRISCOE (WAL) Ev T11 – 1st Stage Arlandastad, Sweden
Louis HIRST (ENG) Ev T11
Scott GREGORY (ENG) +1 16th
Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG) +2 T17 after 6 for 4 play-off

Not-Qualified
Lukas LIPOLD (AUT) TURNED PRO 9/19 +3 T23 – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf, Austria
Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG) +3 T23
Marc HAMMER (GER) AM +3 T23 – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy
Joshua MCMAHON (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/19 +4 T28 – 1st Stage Stoke-by-Nayland, England
Thriston LAWRENCE (RSA) +7 T42 – 1st Stage Stoke-by-Nayland, England
Rodoldfo CAZAUBON JNR (MEX) +8 T46 – 1st Stage Bom Sucesso, Portugal WINNER
Jesper KENNEGARD (SWE) +8 T46 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England WINNER
Jeong Weon KO (FRA) AM +9 51st – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy
Runar ARNORSSON (ISL) AM +10 T52 – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany
Jack HARRISON (ENG) +10 T52
Joe DEAN (ENG) +11 T55
David BOOTE (WAL) +11 T55
David CAREY (IRL) +11 T55 – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy CO-WINNER
Paul FERRIER (SCO) +12 T58
Brett BEAZANT (ENG) +14 T63
Oliver CLARKE (ENG) +18 69th – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany
Alex HIETALA (FIN) AM +21 T71 – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf, Austria
Alfie PLANT (ENG) WD after Rd 3 (+11)
Etienne BRAULT (CAN) TURNED PRO 9/19 WD after Rd 3 (+15) – 1st Stage Hardelot, France (+15)
Kenneth FERRIE (ENG) WD after Rd 1 (+2)

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

Click here for the full Las Colinas – RESULTS

Qualifiers – 20 spots
Alternates – 3 (2nd, 6th and 10th)

Entries – 83 players with 5 amateurs

Qualified
Jimmy JONES (CAN) -8 WINNER
Wilco NIENABER (RSA) TURNED PRO 7/19 -7 2nd – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Craig HOWIE (SCO) -5 3rd – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf, Austria
Thomas ROSENMÜLLER (GER) TURNED PRO 10/19 -2 T6 – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf, Austria
Gary KING (ENG) -2 T6
Marcus ARMITAGE (ENG) -1 T9
Björn HELLGREN (SWE) -1 T9 – 1st Stage Arlandastad, Sweden WINNER
Michael HOEY (N.I.) Ev T14
Euan WALKER (SCO) TURNED PRO 9/19 Ev T14

Not-Qualified
Andreas HILLERSBORG (DEN) AM +2 T24 – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany
James ALLAN (ENG) +2 T24 – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy
Jamie DICK (ENG) +3 T28 – 1st Stage Stoke-by-Nayland, England
Jack AYRES (ENG) +3 T28
Conor O’ROURKE (IRL) +3 T28 – 1st Stage Bogogno, Italy
Todd CLEMENTS (ENG) +4 T32
Duncan STEWART (SCO) +4 T32
Nathan KIMSEY (ENG) +5 T34
Bailey GILL (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/19 +9 T48 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Jake BURNAGE (ENG) TURNED PRO 9/19 +9 T48 – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Craig ROSS (SCO) +9 T48
Ryan EVANS (ENG) +10 T52
Yannik EMMERT (GER) AM +10 T52 – 1st Stage Fleesensee, Germany
Steve SURRY (ENG) +11 T55
Alex CHRISTIE (ENG) AM +12 T60 – 1st Stage Hardelot, France
Kyle MICHEL (AUS) TURNED PRO 11/19 +12 T60 – 1st Stage The Players Club, England
Marcus HELLIGKILDE (DEN) +14 63rd – 1st Stage Ebreichsdorf, Austria WINNER
JR GALBRAITH (NI) +15 64th – 1st Stage Frilford Heath, England
Ben TALBOT (ENG) +16 T65
Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) AM +18 T69 – 1st Stage Stoke-by-Nayland, England
Tom MURRAY (ENG) WD after Rd 3 (+9)
Jack SOUTH (ENG) WD after Rd 3 (+11)
Haider HUSSAIN (ENG) AM WD after Rd 3 (+18) – 1st Stage The Players Club, England
Marco PENGE (ENG) WD after Rd 2 (+9) – 1st Stage Hardelot, France
Andrew WILSON (ENG) WD after Rd 1 (+7)

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108 holes will now be played at Lumine GC between 15-20 November in Final Stage Qualifying with the Top 25 finishers securing a European Tour card for the 2019/20 season.

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THE 2019 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 sprint has grown into potentially a 252 hole marathon.

Nowadays there are three stages of stroke play qualifying, First, Second and Final.

The 2019 European Tour Q-School entrance fee is £1,800 or €2,030 (2018: €2,000).

Some entrants are exempted straight into Second Stage or Final Stage based on their past results and ranking.

First Stage

First Stage consisted of nine 72 hole stroke play qualifying events split into five Sections, A, B, C, D and E.

A total of 842 players contested First Stage Qualifying this year with 185 (22%) progressing to Second Stage. 83 of these were amateurs with a further 17 newly turned professionals. Of the First Stage qualifiers 22 started out as amateurs.

Around 20% of each field, between 15-30 players, progress from each event. The actual number of places are confirmed after all the players have teed off on Day 1.

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 nine First Stage competitions played between 3rd September and 12th October please read my earlier article – European Tour Q-School – 2019 First Stage Preview & Results

Second Stage

The Second Qualifying Stage consisted of four separate 72-hole events played at Alenda Golf, Club de Golf Bonmont, Desert Springs GC and Las Colinas G&CC, all in Spain, concurrently on 7th-10th November 2019. The Alenda and Bonmont events required a fifth day due to strong winds.

183 of the 185 First Stage qualifiers were joined at Second Stage by those players who were exempt from the preliminary round due to their performances on the 2019 European Tour, Challenge Tour and other feeder / satellite tours.

The two missing First Stage qualifiers were, James NICHOLAS (USA) AM (1st Stage Bom Sucesso, Portugal) and Jordan NIEBRUGGE (USA) (1st Stage, Stoke-by-Nayland, England), who withdrew from the European Tour Qualifying Series after also qualifying for the Second Stage of the Korn Ferry Qualifying Series. Their two US qualifiers were played on 5th-8th November so understandably they chose to play in these. One would have hoped the two Tours could have managed their diaries a little bit better to avoid such clashes.

Exemptions into Second Stage were also given to the leading five Q-School entrants as at 21st August 2019, up to a limit of 15th place, in the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. As a result of this David MICHELUZZI (AUS) and Euan WALKER (SCO) were both exempted into Second Stage this year.

Around 25% of each field, normally 20-30 players, progress from each event. The actual number of places are confirmed after all the players have teed off on Day 1 of each event.

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 be hosting Final Stage for the second consecutive year. This competition will be played on 15th-20th November 2019.

The leading 25 players (plus those tied for 25th place) in the Final Stage competition will earn Full Membership of The European and Challenge Tours for the 2019 season. On average over the last 5 years the medalist has received 29 European Tour starts whilst the 25th qualifier has garnered 19. Every finishing place matters.

Those who make the 72 hole cut but finish outside the Top 25 will also earn a membership category on the European Challenge Tour.

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Copyright © 2014-2019, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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

November 2018

The European Tour’s FINAL STAGE QUALIFYING event at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain came to a conclusion on Thursday 15th November 2018.

A total of six rounds were played. The first 72 holes were played on Lumine’s Lakes and Hills Courses, the field switching between the two on a daily basis. The final 36 holes were 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).

European Tour QS

77 players, including 18 from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I), made the top 70 and ties cut which fell at 280 (-6) after 72 holes. In achieving this these players all secured full Category 15 Challenge Tour membership for 2019 and a lower membership category on the European Tour.

Following the final 36 holes 27 players finished in the all important top 25 to earn full Category 17 2019 European Tour cards. Of these just 5 were from GB&I. Well done to Scott GREGORY (ENG), Daniel GAVINS (ENG), Marc WARREN (SCO), Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) and Ben EVANS (ENG).

20 year old Norwegian amateur Kristoffer REITAN was amongst the 8 players who finished tied 20th to secure the final cards. A well deserved switch to the professional ranks can now only be days away for him.

Alejandro CAÑIZARIES (ESP) and Zander LOMBARD (RSA) finished tied 1st with a 404 (-24) final score. Impressive scoring under the most extreme pressure. They both earned €13,750 each. A final 18 hole card play-off means the Spaniard will have the No. 1 Q-School card.

I have been following all of the 52 GB&I players this week as well as a few selected overseas competitors (in green). The list below shows how they all finished, along with their qualification information: –

PLAYERS T25 OR BETTER EARNING A EUROPEAN TOUR CARD
T1    -24     Alejandro CAÑIZARIES (ESP) – Las Colinas 2nd Q
T1    -24     Zander LOMBARD (RSA) – 2018 RTRAK 19th Q
T3    -23     Kurt KITAYAMA (USA) – Hardelot 1st (Winner) / Las Colinas 2nd Q
5th   -22     Romain LANGASQUE (FRA) – 2018 RTRAK 19th Q
T11  -19     Scott GREGORY (ENG) – The Players 1st / Alenda 2nd Q
T13  -18     Deyen LAWSON (AUS) – Desert Springs 2nd (Winner) Q
T13  -18     Daniel GAVINS (ENG) – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd Q
19th -17     Marc WARREN (SCO) – 2018 RTD 131st / ET Career Earnings 69th Q
T20  -16     Gavin MOYNIHAN (IRE) – Desert Springs 2nd Q
T20  -16     Kristoffer REITAN (NOR) AM – Stoke By Nayland 1st / Las Colinas 2nd Q
T20  -16     Ben EVANS (ENG) – El Encin 2nd Q

PLAYERS FINISHING T70 OR BETTER WHO MADE THE CUT
T28  -15     Duncan STEWART (SCO) – Las Colinas 2nd
T28  -15     Josh GEARY (AUS) – El Encin 2nd (Winner)
T28  -15     Cormac SHARVIN (NI) – El Encin 2nd
T28  -15     Joe DEAN (ENG) – Alenda 2nd (Winner)
T28  -15     Christian BRAEUNIG (GER) – Las Colinas 2nd (Winner)
T37  -14     David BOOTE (WAL) – Frilford 1st / El Encin 2nd
T37  -14     Chris HANSON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 164th 
T57  -10     Laurie CANTER (ENG) – 2018 RTD 155th
T57  -10     Connor SYME (SCO) – 2018 RTD 127th
T63    -9     Nick MCCARTHY (ENG) – Hardelot 1st / Alenda 2nd
T63    -9     Craig ROSS (SCO) – Fleesensee 1st / Alenda 2nd
T67    -8     Jonathan THOMSON (ENG) – 2018 RTD 148th
T67    -8     Ryan EVANS (ENG) – 2018 RTD 149th
71st   -7     Paul MADDY (ENG) – Las Colinas 2nd
T73    -3     Jamie ABBOTT (ENG) – Stoke By Nayland 1st (Winner) / Desert Springs 2nd
T73    -3     Robin DAWSON (IRE) TURNED PRO 9/18 – El Encin 2nd

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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 view the European Tour website’s Final Stage Q-School – Final Results

Q-SCHOOL BACKGROUND

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.

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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 2018 Final Q-School will have a total prize fund of c.€150,000. The winner will receive c.€18,000 with those finishing in the Top 25 (and ties) reducing amounts down to c.€1,850.

THE 2018 STORY SO FAR

First Stage

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

Second Stage

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

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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.

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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.

ME.

Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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.

ME.

Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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 – 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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European Tour Q-School – 2016 Final Stage Results

17th November 2016

England’s Nathan KIMSEY (-13) today won the Final Stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School series at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

Nathan is just the second player to come right through from First Stage to win Q-School outright. Some achievement particularly as he hadn’t enjoyed a great 2016. He played in 11 PGA EuroPro Tour events this year, making four cuts and earning just £1,407.50. He finished 105th in the Race to Desert Springs Order of Merit.

img_6929Nathan Kimsey – Winner of the European Tour’s 2016 Q-School (Photo: @ETQSchool)

156 golfers started out on this 108 hole golfing marathon last Saturday. 52 were from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I), exactly 33.3% of the field.

Just 30 players achieved their primary objective – a Category 16 card on the European Tour for the 2017 season (which comes with a Category 5 Challenge Tour card too).  A -5 total score was required to finish in the Top 25 and ties this year.

It was great to see 16 of these qualifiers hailing from GB&I as you can see below.

QUALIFIERS – CAT. 16 EUROPEAN TOUR / CAT. 5 CHALLENGE TOUR
1.     Nathan KIMSEY (ENG) -13
T2.   Scott HENRY (SCO) -12
T5.   Steven TILEY (ENG) -10
T5.   Eddie PEPPERELL (ENG) -10
T9.   John PARRY (ENG) -9
T9.   Matthew NIXON (ENG) -9
T11. Paul MADDY (ENG) -8
T11. Tom LEWIS (ENG) -8
T16. Stuart MANLEY (WAL) -7
T16. Ashley CHESTERS (ENG) -7
T19. Laurie CANTER (ENG) -6
T19. Mark FOSTER (ENG) -6
T19. Max ORRIN (ENG) -6
T25. Jamie RUTHERFORD (ENG) -5
T25. Gary KING (ENG) -5
T25. Richard MCEVOY (ENG) -5

I think most people were pleased to see Eddie PEPPERELL (-10) and Tom LEWIS (-8) return to the elite circuit.  Both have showed a lot of promise in recent years and hopefully can now go onto to fulfil it.

John PARRY (ENG) gave himself almost the best birthday present possible – being one of the 30 on his 30th birthday.

I was particularly pleased to see Ashley CHESTERS and Max ORRIN progress.

Ashley took his time before turning pro and after winning two European Amateur titles and competing in the 2015 Walker Cup his strategy seems to have paid dividends. Just Paul Dunne and Chesters from our winning team at Lytham will have European Tour cards next year.

Orrin, who played in the 2013 Walker Cup alongside Matt Fitzpatrick, Nathan Kimsey and Jordan Smith, turned pro three years ago and today was the result of a lot of hard work and a steady progression through the tours for him.

72 players made the 72 hole cut, which fell at Even par, going on to play the final two rounds on the Stadium Course. Those who made the 72-hole cut but failed to finish in the Top 25 receive Category 21 membership of the European Tour and Category 9 membership of the Challenge Tour. From GB&I these included: –

MADE CUT – CAT. 21 EUROPEAN TOUR / CAT. 9 CHALLENGE TOUR
T31. James ALLAN (ENG) -4
T31. James HEATH (ENG) -4
T31. Robert COLES (ENG) -4
T37. Michael HOEY (N.IRE) -3
T37. Ross MCGOWAN (ENG) -3
T37. Aaron RAI (ENG) -3
T44. Ross KELLETT (SCO) -2
T44. Oliver WILSON (ENG) -2
T44. Gary HURLEY (IRE) -2
T49. Charlie FORD (ENG) -1
T53. Robert DINWIDDIE (ENG) +1
T53. Steve WEBSTER (ENG) +1
T58. Garrick PORTEOUS (ENG) +2
T58. David LAW (SCO) +2
T58. Bradley NEIL (SCO) +2
T65. Matt FORD (ENG) +3
T70. Simon KHAN (ENG) +5
T70. Ben STOW (ENG) +5

Michael HOEY and Gary HURLEY were Ireland’s nearest challengers but both came up short in the end. Hurley threatened to make the grade on his front 9 today but sadly couldn’t maintain his early final round momentum.

Nathan Kimsey earned €16,000 for winning the Q-School with all of the 72 players who made the cut receiving declining sums right down to €750 for the non-qualifiers who finished in spots 31 to 72.

Those who failed to make the cut receive Category 15 membership of the Challenge Tour. From GB&I these included: –

MISSED CUT – CAT. 15 CHALLENGE TOUR
T80.   Craig LEE (SCO) +2
T80.   Curtis GRIFFITHS (ENG) +2
T93.   Ben EVANS (ENG) +4
T93.   Rhys DAVIES (WAL) +4
T93.   Jack HARRISON (ENG) +4
T115. Billy HEMSTOCK (ENG) +6
T115. David DIXON (ENG) +6
T115. Steve SURRY (ENG) +6
T115. Ruaidhri MCGEE (IRE) +6
T124. Daniel GAVINS (ENG) +7
T124. Kevin PHELAN (IRE) +7
T129. Oliver FARR (WAL) +7
T138. Ryan EVANS (ENG) +10
T141. Charlie BULL (ENG) +11
T144. Richard FINCH (ENG) +12
T147. Grant FORREST (SCO) +15
WD.   Peter WHITEFORD (SCO) – 3 rounds
RTD.  Kenneth FERRIE (ENG) – 2 rounds

So to differing degrees, and of course depending on where they are on the professional golf journey, everyone was a winner simply by getting this far in the process.

It is worth noting that in all of these Categories each player is ranked according to their final Q-School finishing position. These rankings within each Category can be critical in determining actual participation in events on the respective Tours.

European Tour QS

The full European Tour Leaderboard and Results links are here:-

European Tour – Final Stage Q-School Leaderboard (with detailed scores)
European Tour – Final Stage Q-School Results (with prize money)

Appendix 1 – 2016 Qualifying School Articles

For further background information on the 2016 European Tour Q-School series please take a look at my previous articles: –

European Tour Q-School – 2016 Final Stage Preview (10/11/16)
European Tour Q-School – 2016 Second Stage Results (07/11/16)
European Tour Q-School – 2016 Second Stage Preview (14/10/16 & 03/11/16)
European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Results (07/10/16)
European Tour Q-School – 2016 First Stage Preview (11/09/16)

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