The European Tour Qualifying School continues this week as Fleesensee in Germany and Wychwood Park in England welcome another cast of aspiring golfers.
Golf and Country Club Fleesensee – part of the European Tour Courses portfolio – and Wychwood Park will host 186 players between them for the First Qualifying Stage Section B, all of whom will be hoping to emulate the 28 qualifiers from last week’s Section A qualifiers in Austria and Scotland.
The two venues will each have 93 players lining up with about 20% of them expected to progress to the Second Qualifying Stage in Spain in November as they strive for the ultimate prize of a European Tour card.
Designed by European Golf Design, the championship Schloss Course at Fleesensee has been rated as one of the Top Three in Germany by "Golf Magazine". Off-course, one of Europe's largest Golf Academies provides extensive practice and coaching facilities while Land Fleesensee, the leisure resort within which the golf club is located, is serviced by a choice of four hotels and a host of other sporting activities. Flesensee is hosting the Qualifying School for the sixth successive year.
Wychwood Park in Cheshire opened in 2002 has been on the Qualifying School rota since 2010, similarly providing an ideal test for the Qualifying Stage.
The First Qualifying Stage continues next week with Section C in France and Italy from September 25-28, with Golf d’Hardelot and Circolo Golf Bogogno providing that test, before the First Qualifying Stage concludes at Ribagolfe in Portugal and Frilford Heath GC in England.
The Second Qualifying Stage takes place across four venues in Spain – Campo de Golf El Saler, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, El Valle Golf Resort and Lumine Golf & Beach Club – from November 7-10. Approximately 310 players will line up at those four venues, with about 80 progressing through to the Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort – also a European Tour Course - from November 24-29.