Friday, 19 March 2010
The long, hard road towards the ultimate goal of one of golf's most coveted prizes - Membership of The European Tour - continues this week when 233 players line up at three courses in Spain for the Second Stage of Qualifying School.

The 130 players who successfully cleared the first hurdle of Stage One last month will join the 103 players exempt to the second stage at the three courses in Spain - Pals GC, Emporda GC and Perelada GC.

Stage Two of Qualifying School will be played over 72 holes. There will be a cut after 54 holes with anyone within eight shots of the final qualifying place progressing through to the final round.

The goal is a place in the Qualifying School Finals to be held at San Roque Club and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in Southern Spain from November 14-19.

The successful qualifiers - approximately 30 players from each course - from Stage Two will join those exempt directly to the Finals to form a field of 168, with the goal being to finish in the top 35 and ties.

Among the players who progressed from Stage One will be England's Nick Dougherty, winner of Stage One at Carden Park. Since turning professional, the protégé of Nick Faldo showed his ability with a 37th place finish in the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship and a 46th place finish in the BMW International Open in Munich.

David Dixon, winner of the Silver Medal as leading amateur at the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, will be lining up at Emporda along with Scotland's Steven O'Hara.

Australian Adam Crawford, Scotland's Roger Beames, Spain's Ivo Giner and Frenchman David Dupart, all winners of Stage One will be hoping to repeat their success in Stage Two.

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