Qualifying School climax returns to PGA Catalunya Resort

6/14/2013 1:54:00 PM
The leaderboard against a dramatic sky at PGA Catalunya Resort  (Getty Images)
The leaderboard against a dramatic sky at PGA Catalunya Resort (Getty Images)

The European Tour Qualifying School Schedule, one of golf’s ultimate tests, will once again reach its exciting climax at PGA Catalunya Resort, where the Final Stage will be played for the sixth consecutive season from November 10-15.

Last season, John Parry won by four strokes with a 19 under par total en route to regaining his European Tour card, having lost his playing privileges a little over a year after picking up a maiden title at the 2010 Vivendi Cup.

The Englishman was one of 28 golfers who qualified from the six round event, which every year tests the field’s skills, as well as their stamina, under the most intense pressure following a long, hard season.

Based ten miles south of Girona in the north east of Spain, the 36-hole resort boasts two championship layouts alongside state of the art practice facilities, and is part of the European Tour Properties Network.

Over the first four rounds, both the Stadium and Tour courses will play host to a field comprising of golfers at either end of the spectrum, with young up and comers and experienced pros alike teeing it up having made it through the previous two qualifying stages, or having narrowly missed out on a European Tour card through the Race to Dubai or Challenge Tour Rankings.

The course was co-designed by European Tour Champions and members of the Board of Directors, Neil Coles MBE - who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down as Chairman after 38 years in the position - and Vice Chairman Angel Gallardo, Vice Chairman.

As a further measure of the resort’s quality, the Stadium layout has also been included in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Courses in the World’, as well as Golf Monthly magazine’s ‘Top 50 Courses in Continental Europe’ in recent years.

Mike Stewart, Qualifying School Director, is particularly excited to be returning to PGA Catalunya Resort once again in 2013.

He said: “PGA Catalunya is an excellent facility that year-on-year has welcomed the Qualifying School back with open arms, and this season promises to be yet another thrilling conclusion to the process as some of the newest and the most experienced players battle it out for their European Tour cards.

“Knowing that the players will be greeted by some of the best practice facilities around, as well as two stunning championship layouts, will no doubt help them get through what is bound to be a long and stressful week.”

Julio Delgado, Chief Executive of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: "The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage is an important annual fixture at PGA Catalunya Resort and we are proud to be associated with an event that has a history of introducing the next generation of European Tour stars.

"We continue to invest significantly in our two courses, which are both used for the Qualifying School Final Stage, as well as our world-class practice facilities. The Stadium Course is recognised as the number one golf course in Spain by the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World website and is a fitting venue for such a high-calibre event."

Once again a full live scoring service will be provided on europeantour.com from the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage, as well as comprehensive editorial coverage as one of the game’s most exciting events unfolds later this year.

Entries for all Stages of the Qualifying School are now open and full details of the rules and conditions of entry and participation can be found by using this link to the Entry Form