FAQ on the European Senior Tour Qualifying School

Q. How can I become a member of the European Senior Tour?

A: For those that have not previously competed on the European Tour, the main way to become a member of the European Senior Tour is to go to Qualifying School which takes place in January/February. 

A Player can also request an invite to any event during the year by writing to the European Senior Tour. A player must be 50 years of age on or before the first day of the tournament.

NB. There is a maximum of 4 invites granted per tournament. 

Q.  How do I enter the European Senior Tour Qualifying School?

A: You will need to complete and return the Qualifying School Application Form to the European Senior Tour by Monday 12th January for 2015. The form can be downloaded from the website.

Q: Who can enter the European Senior Tour Qualifying School?

A: All male professional golfers who are 50 years of age on or before Friday 13th November 2015. All male amateur golfers who are 50 years of age on or before Friday 13th November 2015, with a handicap of one (1) or lower. 

Q: Do I lose my amateur status if I enter the Qualifying School?

A: It is not a breach of the Rules of Amateur status to file an entry for and participate in any Stage of the Qualifying School, providing that you waive your right to prize money prior to each Stage by completing the appropriate forms available at each venue.

Q: How much does it cost to go to Qualifying School?

A: The entry fee for 2015 is £800 (€1000) for all entrants – regardless of which Stage or Stages are played. The entry fee does not include travel and accommodation which are the responsibility of each participant. Any player that has played an event on the 2014 European Senior Tour schedule and subsequently taken up Affiliated Membership will be exempt from paying any entry fee as their Membership fee covers the cost of the Qualifying School.

Q: Is it easy to withdraw and can the entry fee be reclaimed?

A: All withdrawals must be notified to the European Senior Tour Entries Department. If a player withdraws prior to the closing date his entry fee will be refunded in full. If a player withdraws after the closing date, without competing, he will be refunded £700 (€875) only (NB: No exceptions).

If a player is absent on the tee without notification, no refund will be given and he may face disciplinary action, subject to circumstances. Once an entrant has teed off, refund of entry is not possible under any circumstances.

Q: Can I request a Stage 1 venue?

A: A player can request a venue for Stage 1, but there is no guarantee any requests will be honoured.

Q: When will I be notified of my allocated venue for Stage 1?

A: Venue allocation lists will be available the day after the close of entries.

Q: How many entrants get through from stage 1 to Finals? 

A: The number of players to advance from Stage 1 to the Finals will be on a pro rata basis from each Stage 1 competition, determined after taking into account players automatically eligible for the Finals, and will be announced during Stage 1. In all cases, players who tie the final qualifying place score will proceed to the Qualifying School Finals. The field size will be a minimum of 72 players.

In 2014, 22 players were exempt into the Finals. 18 players progressed from Silves Golf course, 19 players progressed from Gramacho Golf Course and 16 progressed from Vila Sol Golf Course. 

Q: Q. How many players get a ‘Tour Card’ through the Qualifying School?

A: The leading 14 players at the Final Stage will be eligible for Full Membership of the European Senior Tour for the following season. All tied scores shall be ranked by card play off as follows: (a) the best last 18 holes, (b) the best last 36 holes, (c) the best last 54, (d) best last 9, 6, 3, 2 & 1 holes (holes 10 to 18).

For each player, aged 49, finishing among the top 14, a corresponding player will be included in Category 7 (Category 10 for positions 7-14) until such time that said 49 year old player reaches age 50. The player who was provided net 14th position access will then cease to be part of Category 7, but will be included within Category 10.

The top 6 will be included in Category 7 for the 2015 season. These players will be exempt into all 72 man field events. If a player from the top 6 chooses not to enter a 72 man field event, the next available player from positions 7 through 14 will take his place in Category 7. Positions 7 through 14 will be placed into Category 10 for the 2015 season. This Category offers a limited number of starts. Entries in Category 10 will be taken sequentially from European Senior Tour Members ranked 21-200 in the Career Money List, positions 7-14 from the 2015 European Senior Tour Qualifying School and European Senior Tour Members ranked 41-90 in the 2014 European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Q: If I earn a ‘Tour Card’, how many tournaments will I be able to play on the European Seniors Tour?

A: This will vary from year to year, however, in 2013 the number of opportunities for European Senior Tour School graduate in position 6 was 9 and for position 14 it was 1. The total number of tournaments on the 2013 schedule was 14.

Q: If I finish in the top 14 of the Qualifying School, how do I retain my European Senior Tour membership for the following season?

A: You will need to earn enough money to finish in the top 90 of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit. In 2013 the last player to retain membership earned €1987. A player must finish in the top 40 of the Order of Merit to gain a reasonable playing category for the following season.

Q: How many Qualifying School Graduates normally retain their ‘Tour Cards’?

A: This will vary from year to year. 18 players earned a 2013 Tour card at the 2013 Qualifying School, 12 of these players finished within the top 90 of the 2013 European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Q: Does the European Senior Tour provide accommodation?

A: NO. However, the European Senior Tour can recommend official hotels for each tournament. A list of Official Hotels for the European Senior Tour Qualifying School will be published here as soon as they are available.

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Q: What are the rules of golf during Qualifying School?

A: Rules governing play will be the following:
• The current R&A Rules of Golf
• The current European Senior Tour Conditions of Competition and Local Rules
• The local rules of the host club as approved by the Tournament Director

In addition, all participants are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the European Senior Tour Code of Behaviour as contained within the Members Regulations Handbook.

Q: Are there exemptions from Stage 1?

A: YES. Details of all exemptions will be on the entry form.

Q: Do you need to have a caddie at the Qualifying School?

A: No, caddies are not mandatory and players are permitted to use trolleys.

Please note that no current European Senior Tour Member may caddie for any competitor at any Stage of the European Senior Tour Qualifying School.  

Q: Q. Where can I view the results of the 2014 Qualifying School?

A: You can view the Finals Results & Prize money from 2014 Qualifying School by clicking here.

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