Three Australians gain European cards

BY Bruce Young | European Challenge Tour | 2008 European Tour Q-School - Final Stage | Round Six | 19 Nov 2008

Three Australians have earned their way to the 2009 European Tour at the completion of Final Qualifying in Girona, Spain overnight.

After a season on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, South Australian Wade Ormsby is back on the European Tour after finishing in joint second place, four shots behind the winner, Sweden’s Oskar Henningsson. Ormsby played the European Tour from 2004 – 2007 and is no stranger to the Final Stage of qualifying having retained his full playing rights in only one of those four seasons.

Canberra’s Matthew Millar struggled on the final day slipping from 6th to 15th but it was good enough for him to retain his privileges once again having finished 20th at Tour School last year.

Victorian Michael Curtain only discovered he had a place in the Final Stage a few weeks before heading for Spain and that convinced him to take on what had until then been a difficult decision.

The cost and uncertainty of tackling both Stage Two and the Final Stage might have been enough for him to consider not making the trip but now he is now a player with full rights on the European Tour. Curtain’s debut as a European Tour cardholder at next week’s Australian Masters at Huntingdale will be a great thrill for him.

Queenslander Tony Carolan went agonisingly close to having full European Tour status for the first time when he finished just one shot outside of the top 32 players who made it through.

Talented New Zealander Gareth Paddison was the only other Australasian to make the 4th round cut but was unable to round the event off and finished 48th. He will be back on the Challenge Tour in 2009 unless he considers playing in Asia.

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