Five Australians get green light for European Tour
BY Bruce Young | European Challenge Tour | 2003 European Tour Q-School - Final Stage | Wrap | 13 Nov 2003
South Australian Wade Ormsby finished as the best of the Australians at the European Tour School when he produced a last round 66 to move from seventh place to second and secure not only a European Tour card but a high ranking one at that.
As outlined in an earlier article Ormsby has the makings of something quite special, escaping the attention of Australian amateur golf by playing collegiate golf in the US until last year when he returned and finished fifth at the New Zealand Open in January this year. Ormsby earned $A21,000 for his placing.
Terry Price, Paul Marantz, Daniel Gaunt and Craig Spence also gained cards but for New Zealander Gareth Padisson it was a case of close but no cigar as he missed by just one.
Richard McEvoy was the leading qualifier finishing three ahead of Ormsby.
Another qualifier of interest was Nobuhito Sato who finished in 7th place. A three time winner in Japan in 2002 and second on the money list that year, Sato looks to be one of the few Japanese to take on the European Tour on a regular basis along with Katsuyoshi Tomori who travelled the same path in the late nineties.