A total of 304 players – 193 qualifiers and 111 exemptions – began the Second Qualifying Stage of The European Tour Qualifying School at four venues across Spain today.
At least 17 players from each of those courses – Campo de Golf El Saler in Valencia, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club in Alicante, El Valle Golf Resort in Murcia and Lumine Golf & Beach Club in Tarragona – will earn a the place at Final Stage at the end of November.
The exact number of spots available to the six-round final at the PGA Catalunya Resort in just over a fortnight will not be determined until the conclusion of the UBS Hong Kong and South African Opens (both of which finish on Sunday, November 18), but it is all to play for amongst the 304 hopefuls who all share the same dream of securing a place in The 2013 Race to Dubai.
England’s Jamie Abbot and Welshman Liam Bond made the best starts to the first round with the pair hitting the front at Lumine Golf & Beach Club with a pair of seven under par 64s.
Germany’s Florian Fritsch sits atop the leaderboard at Las Colinas alongside the Dutch duo of Taco Remkes and Tim Sluiter after the trio fired matching scores of four under 67.
The leading score at the remaining two Second Qualifying Stage venues was three under, with American Chan Kim posting a leading 69 at El Saler while four players – England’s Chris Gane and Sean Whiffin, the Swede Jacob Glennemo and German amateur Max Roehrig – posted opening 68s to move to three under at El Valle.
FIRST ROUND SCORES FROM EL SALER
FIRST ROUND SCORES FROM LAS COLINAS
FIRST ROUND SCORES FROM EL VALLE
FIRST ROUND SCORES FROM LUMINE