The penultimate sections of First Stage European Tour Qualifying School have come to a close and a further 51 players have booked their places in Second Stage.
The latest batch of players earned their place in Second Stage this week following four days’ play at two more First Stage venues; Frilford Heath Golf Club in Abingdon, England, and at the Bogogno Golf Resort in Italy.
In England, 27 players qualified for Second Stage with Ireland’s Gary Hurley coming out on top following rounds of 71-71-68-69 for a nine under par total.
Hurley was the stand-out performer in England, finishing three shots clear of his nearest competitors who led the chasing pack on six under. Welshman David Boote, American Jack Maguire and English duo Jamie Rutherford and Andrew Wilson – an amateur – finished in tied second.
Wilson was one of four amateurs to qualify from Frilford Heath, the others being Englishmen Jack Floydd (-1), Ben Hutchinson (-1) and Nicholas Poppleton (-5).
Floydd and Hutchinson clinched the last available qualifying spots with their one under par finish alongside Paul McKechnie and Michael Miller. Those finishing in 24th place and tied earned their spot in Second Stage.
In Italy, 24 players secured their playing privileges in November’s Second Stage with 23rd and ties qualifying from the venue.
Italian Carlo Casalegno and Finn Jani Hietanen snuck in after finishing in a tie for 23rd place on seven under.
Heading the field at the top of the leaderboard was Leandro Marelli of Argentina who finished on 19 under par, one shot clear of Italian Guido Migliozzi who has been a regular feature on the European Challenge Tour this season.
Alfie Plant, who won the Silver Medal as the highest placed amateur at last year’s Open Championship, qualified in a tie for 17th on nine under par alongside Mike Capone and Rourke van der Spuy.
Other qualifiers include Challenge Tour regular Enrico Di Nitto and Magnus P Atlevi, the Swede who triumphed at the European Tour Properties Senior Classic on the Staysure Tour earlier this month.
The final sections of First Stage Qualifying begin on Tuesday October 9 at Golf d’Hardelot in France and Bom Successo, Portugal.
A full list of this week’s qualifiers is as follows:
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa
Rourke van der Spuy
Magnus P Atlevi
Vince van Veen
Enrico Di Nitto
Robert S Karlsson