Johnston finishes top at Valle Romano

11/6/2013 5:27:15 PM
Andrew Johnston with Tournament Director Jose Maria Zamora  (EuropeanTour)
Andrew Johnston with Tournament Director Jose Maria Zamora (EuropeanTour)
Andrew Johnston produced a magnificent six under par 65 in the final round of the Qualifying School Second Stage at Valle Romano Golf to lead the 18 qualifiers who made it through to the Final Stage.

Completing the fourth round a day late after strong winds at the Spanish venue forced play to be abandoned on Tuesday, the 24 year old carded seven birdies and a bogey to finish top of the pile on 15 under par, three shots clear of Chilean Hugo Leon (67) and Australian Scott Arnold (69).

The big mover of the last day was American Gregory Main, whose eight under par 63 propelled him up 24 places to tied fourth, alongside his compatriot Connor Arendell, who also jumped into the qualifying spots with a gutsy 65.

With five players finishing on seven under par, a play-off was required to determine the remaining two qualifiers. Damien Perrier, Merrick Bremner, David Skinns, Nikolaj E Nissen and Max Orrin returned to the par three ninth hole, and Orin claimed the first spot with a birdie at the first attempt. Nissen then followed suit at the fourth extra hole.

They all join the 53 other players who made it through from Las Colinas Golf and Country Club, Lumine Golf and Campo de Golf El Saler to head to PGA Catalunya for the six-round Final Stage, at the end of which the leading 25 players and ties will earn a European Tour card for 2014.