FAQ on the European Tour Qualifying School
Q. How can I become a member of the European Tour or European Challenge Tour?
A. The main way to become a member of The European Tour or European Challenge Tour is to go to Qualifying School which takes part in the latter part of the year (September – November).
All players who participate at the 1st Stage will be eligible for Associate 1 Membership of the European Challenge Tour for the following season*.
*Exception: Any player removed from a 1st or 2nd Stage QS tournament by the European Tour due to conduct or non-competitive performance.
Q. How do I enter the European Tour Qualifying School?
A. You will need to complete and submit the online Qualifying School Application Form by the appropriate closing dates as listed on the form and pay the entry fee. Please note that the entry fee must be paid before the form can be submitted. The Application Form can be found on the European Tour website using the following link:
Q. Who can enter the European Tour Qualifying School?
A. All male amateur golfers whose playing handicap does not exceed 0.4 (SCRATCH) and/or who has appeared between positions1- 2,000 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (see www.WAGR.com) during the period WAGR week 2019/01 to date of entry.
Q. Can I enter the Qualifying School if I have a criminal conviction?
A. All entrants are obliged to declare any previous or pending criminal convictions and co-operate with the Criminal Convictions committee which shall be convened to consider the applicant’s eligibility in light of such conviction(s).
Q. Do I lose my amateur status if I enter the Qualifying School?
A. It is not a breach of the Rules of Amateur Status to file an entry for and participate in any Stage of the Qualifying School, providing that you waive your right to prize money prior to each Stage by completing and submitting the appropriate forms before competing at each venue.
Q. Are there age restrictions on entering the European Tour Qualifying School?
A. No, but competitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Q. How much does it cost to go to Qualifying School?
A. The entry fee for 2019 will be £1,800 (or €2,030) for all entrants – regardless of which Stage or Stages are played. The entry fee does not include travel, accommodation or hotel expenses which are the responsibility of each participant.
Q. Is it easy to withdraw and can the entry fee be reclaimed?
A. An entrant can withdraw quite simply by contacting the European Tour Entries Department by telephone or email indicating their intention.
If a player withdraws prior to the relevant closing date for, a full refund will be given. If it is after the closing date (and he does not compete), he will receive a refund of the entry fee less an administration fee of £100/€110.
Once a participant tees off (or is absent on the tee) he is no longer eligible for any type of refund.
Q. How does the 1st Qualifying Stage work with 5 Sections for 1st Stage and 1- 2 venues in each Section?
A. An entrant must select his preferred venue by ticking the relevant box on the application form. He must also choose an alternative available venue from the drop-down list, in case his first choice is unavailable for any reason.
Entries for each venue will only be accepted in the order in which they are submitted. The application form indicates the approximate number of spots remaining at each First Stage venue. In order to increase your chance of securing your preferred venue it is recommended that your application is submitted well before the close of entries.
Q. When will I be notified of my allocated venue for 1st Stage?
A. Once your entry fee has been processed, you will receive two emails in quick succession. First you will receive an invoice and confirmation of your entry fee payment. Secondly you will receive an email with your venue allocation. If you are unsuccessful in securing your preferred venue you will be allocated an alternative venue based on the preferences specified on your application form.
Venue allocation lists for all players will be available 2 days after the close of entries.
Q. How many entrants get through from 1st to 2nd Stage?
A. It is anticipated that there will be around 800 participants at 1st Stage and approximately 20% will go through to 2nd Stage. The exact number of qualifiers will be determined during the respective Sections of 1st Stage.
Q. How many entrants progress from 2nd Stage to the Final Stage?
A. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 310 participants at 2nd Stage and around 80 (20%) will progress to the Final Stage. The exact number of qualifiers will be determined during the week of 2nd Stage.
Q. How many players get a ‘Tour Card’ through the Qualifying School?
A. The leading 25 players (and ties) at the Final Stage will be eligible for Membership of the European Tour for the following season (Category number to be confirmed) as well as Category 5 on the Challenge Tour.
Players who make the cut but finish below 25th place will be eligible for a lower ranking on the European Tour (Category number to be confirmed) along with Membership of the Challenge Tour for the following season.
Players who miss the cut at the Final Stage will be eligible for Challenge Tour Membership for the following season.
Q. If I earn a ‘Tour Card’, how many tournaments will I be able to play on the European Tour?
A. Over the last 5 years, the average number of tournament opportunities this category has provided to successful graduates is as follows:
· Winner of the Q School - 29
· 25th ranked at the school - 19
It is important to recognise however, that this Category offers full playing rights on the European Challenge Tour when graduates do not qualify for the European Tour on any given week.
Q. If I finish in the top 25 of the Qualifying School, how do I retain my European Tour Card for the following season?
A. You will need to earn enough Race to Dubai points to finish in the top 110 of the Race to Dubai (European Tour Order of Merit) or win a tournament.
Q. How many Qualifying School Graduates normally retain their ‘Tour Cards’?
A. This will vary from year to year – over the past 10 years the average number of players retaining their card is 7. (Please note that the number of cards issued was reduced to 25 and ties in 2012).
Q. Does the European Tour provide accommodation?
A. No, the European Tour is not responsible for providing or securing accommodation for the participants. However, any accommodation information provided by the venues will be published on the ET website and circulated to the participants.
Q. Does the European Tour provide transport from Airport and Hotels?
A. No. Players will be responsible for organising their own transport to and from the Golf Course, Airport and Hotel.
Q. Are there exemptions from 1st Stage and 2nd Stage?
A. Yes, a number of exemptions are available depending on current status and playing achievements. For full details please refer to the application section of the Qualifying School Entry Form for eligibility categories.
Q. What are the rules of play during Qualifying School?
A. Rules governing play will be the following:
• The Current R&A Rules of Golf
• The current European Tour Conditions of Competition and Local Rules
• The local rules of the host club as approved by the Tournament Director
In addition, all participants are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the European Tour Code of Behavior as contained within the Members Regulations Handbook.
Q. Are you allowed to use a Distance Measuring Device?
A. No. Rule 4.3a(1) has been modified to prohibit the use of a distance measuring device.
Q. Do you need to have a caddie at the Qualifying School?
A. No. Caddies are not mandatory, and players are permitted to use trolleys. European Tour or Challenge Tour members are permitted to act as a caddie. However, no competitor at the First Stage of the Qualifying School may caddie for any other player whilst still participating at the First Stage. (The same is applicable for subsequent Stages.) Therefore, a player who has withdrawn, been disqualified or missed the cut will be permitted to caddie.