Twelve Australasians in Spain for Q-School
BY Bruce Young | European Challenge Tour | 2007 European Tour Q-School - Final Stage | Preview | 13 Nov 2007
The Final Stage of qualifying for the 2008 European Tour begins at the Old and New courses at the San Roque Golf Club in Cadiz in Spain on Thursday with some 156 players seeking one of the cards available to the top 30 and ties at the completion of 108 holes.
Twelve of those 156 players are Australasians, five looking to gain access to the European Tour for the first time while for others they seek to resurrect their careers with a return to full status in Europe.
Adam Bland is the only Australasian player to have advanced to the Final Stage via last week’s Stage Two while for the others they face the final examination through a range of criteria that has enabled them to move directly into this marathon test.
Two New Zealanders, Gareth Paddison and Steve Alker are in the field, Paddison having agonisingly missed his place on the European Tour when he slipped outside the top 20 Challenge Tour graduates with a poor finish at the recent Tour Championship.
Alker was back on the European Tour this season after making it through the Tour School last year but despite a third place at the KLM Open he is forced to go through this process again.
The Australians entered for this week in addition to Adam Bland are Scott Barr, Adam Blyth, David Bransdon, Gavin Flint, Matthew Millar, Jarrod Moseley, Wade Ormsby, Terry Pilkadaris and Peter Senior.
Barr, Blyth and Flint are in Spain via their exploits in Asia while Bransdon, Millar, Pilkadaris, Ormsby, lineup as a result of sufficient efforts in European Tour events in 2007. Jarrod Moseley gets a place because of his win at the Heineken in 1999 and Peter Senior via the 2006 Australasian Tour Order of Merit.