Three Australasians gain European Tour status
BY Bruce Young | European Challenge Tour | 2005 European Tour Q-School - Final Stage | Wrap | 16 Nov 2005
Two Australians and one New Zealander have either gained or regained playing status on the European Tour in 2006.
Matthew Millar and David Bransdon finished 19th in the rain affected event while Stephen Scahill just scrapped in on the number. The tournament had to be switched to the adjacent New Course at the San Roque Club for the final two rounds with the heavy rain making play on the Old Course impossible.
Despite a strong finish to his final round, Marcus Both missed by just one shot and will, if he so chooses, have status on the Challenge Tour. His strong status in Asia however suggests that he will stay there for at least another year. Another Australian to fall short of the line was Jarrod Lyle, whose last round of 78 saw him miss the cut by six shots.
For the 29-year-old Millar from Canberra and 32-year-old Bransdon from Victoria it will be the first time they have held European Tour cards but for Scahill it will be a continuation on a tour which he has played on and off since 1997. Bransdon has had a good season in Asia where he is currently 20th on their money list and will no doubt look to convert his new found status in the coming weeks in events such as the Volvo China Open and the Hong Kong Open.
Scahill started his 2005 season in Europe well but then struggled from April on. He eventually finished 128th on the money list and was forced to return to Tour School.