Two world-class venues have been added to the 2018 European Tour Qualifying School Schedule, further strengthening the elite offering available to prospective European Tour players.
The Players Club, in Bristol, England, and Bom Sucesso Resort, located 50 minutes north of Lisbon, Portugal, will each serve as one of eight locations where professional and top-ranked amateur golfers compete to achieve playing eligibility on the European Tour.
First Stage runs from September 11 to October 12, with The Players Club one of two courses hosting on the first week and Bom Sucesso Resort – a European Tour destination – offering the last chance for players to advance in the final week of the month-long period.
The Championship Course at The Players Club has held many professional events, including the West Region PGA Championships, the Glenmuir Club Pro Championships, as well as Euro Pro Tour and Jamega Tour events.
“We are delighted to host this event,” Adrian Stiff, course architect of The Players Club, said. “At 7,350 yards long, our Championship Course is a great fit for those aspiring to play on the European Tour.”
Q-School entrants will get to play the original design of the Championship Course, which comprises 15 holes from the existing Codrington Course, as well as one hole from the Stranahan Course, plus another two holes from the original layout.
Guardian Bom Sucesso— the golf course at Bom Sucesso Resort— was designed by renowned golf course architect Donald Steel.
The Championship Course extends along the resort’s rugged slope, which features dense Mediterranean vegetation and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Óbidos Lagoon. It represents an innovative concept that integrates contemporary architecture, design and nature.
“We are honoured and very excited to have been selected,” Pedro Portugal, CEO of Bom Sucesso Resort said. “It has been part of our strategy over the years to bring competitions to our resort as well as to support players, and the sport.”
““We are delighted to announce The Players Club and Bom Sucesso Resort as the latest additions to the 2018 Qualifying School schedule,” said Mike Stewart, Qualifying School Director.
“After witnessing first-hand the outstanding facilities both on and off the golf course at both venues it was an easy decision to ask them to join the Qualifying School network.
“We must say thank you to everyone at Bom Sucesso Resort, in particular Pedro Portugal, and everyone at The Players Club, in particular Adrian Stiff, for all their hard work in making this possible.
“We will be able to announce more new additions to our 2018 schedule over the coming weeks.”
The number of qualification spots is determined by the size of the field. Approximately 25 per cent of competitors at First Stage will successfully advance to one of four Second Stage venues in November, where again, approximately 20 per cent will advance.
2018 European Tour Qualifying School culminates over six days of competition at Final Stage the next week, where the top 25 players and ties will earn their European Tour Membership in Category 17, while players who make the four-round Final Stage cut, but finish outside the top-25, will earn their European Tour Membership in Category 22.