Players Set for Drama of European Tour Qualifying School at Lumine
It's always one of the most dramatic events of the year, and for the second consecutive time, the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying is being staged at the Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community from November 10-15, with players from over 30 countries, including established tour winners, set to compete over the gruelling 108 holes of golf.
Those competing will descend on the Costa Daurada coastline having earned their places via satellite tours, Second Qualifying Stage or having narrowly missed out on retaining their playing rights during the 2018 European Tour season.
The 156 hopefuls will battle it out over 72 holes, before the field is reduced to 70 players for an additional two rounds. Following this stretch of nail-biting golf, the leading 25 and ties will earn a spot on the European Tour for next year.
Calle Carlsson, Lumine General Manager, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen to conclude The European Tour Qualifying School. It is wonderful that Lumine has proved itself to the European Tour, year on year, as a fitting stage for such an important and historic event. Undoubtedly, this is testament to the hard work the team has put in over the years in preparing a fair but challenging test for some of the finest golfing prospects.
“There’s something unique about the atmosphere of European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage,” continued Carlsson. “Not only for the competitors but in terms of the preparations, too. We have 36 holes to prepare immaculately, and when you know that a player’s career could be decided by a single shot, there’s certainly an added ‘spice’! We have worked hard with The European Tour to ensure the Lumine test is as fair as possible, but also fitting to find the players who are ready for golf’s biggest stage.”
Amongst the field this year are notable names including multiple European Tour title winners Matteo Manassero, Simon Dyson, Marcel Siem, Marc Warren, and 2008 Ryder Cup star Oliver Wilson. Names to also watch out for are second stage winners Deyen Lawson, Josh Geary, Braeunig Christia and Joseph Dean. Moreover, Emilio Cuartero Blanco, whose home club is Lumine, shot a magnificent -7 in the last round to take second place to earn his place at the final stage.
The Greg Norman-designed Lakes course, measuring around 6,900 yards from the Championship tees, will be at the heart of event proceedings. With water featuring on 13 holes, including the 524-yard par-5 18th, there will inevitably be acts of heroism and heartbreak recorded as the week plays out. Players will also be asked to test their courage against Lumine’s other 18-hole layout, The Hills Course. Offering a different challenge across tree-lined, undulating terrain, the Hills’ 18th hole offers an equalling exciting climax, with the water and bunkers guarding a driveable green.
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