Arrangements for the European Senior Tour Qualifying School for the 2013 campaign have now been finalised and it will once again take place in January on Portugal’s Algarve.
Around 180 hopefuls are expected to compete over the two stages at the Pestana Golf Resort as they attempt to win a card for the Senior Tour and earn the opportunity to play alongside some of the iconic names of European golf such as double Senior Major Champion Roger Chapman, Sandy Lyle, Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam.
The First Stage will take place on January 24 and 25, 2013, over three courses at the Pestana Golf Resort: Silves Golf, the Nick Price-designed Gramacho course, and Vila Sol.
The Final stage, contested by 72 players, will then take place at Pestana’s Vale da Pinta from Monday January 28 to Thursday January 31, where the leading six players will receive full cards for the 2012 season, and players finishing in positions seven to 14 receiving conditional cards.
Last year American Dick Mast led the Qualifying School graduates and has enjoyed a successful season so far, finishing tied third in last week’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex to lie ninth on the 2012 Order of Merit with earnings of €88,874. His compatriot Tim Thelen won the previous year’s Qualifying School, and has won twice this season, in the Berenberg Bank Masters and the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Championship.
Other previous winners of the Senior Tour Qualifying School include Argentine Horacio Carbonetti (2002), winner of the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in 2003 and 2004 and Stewart Ginn (2005), winner of the 2008 Azores Senior Open.
The Pestana Group is Portugal’s largest international tourism and leisure group and one of the largest in Europe where it ranks 25th.
Starting with a 300 bedroom hotel in Madeira Island in 1972 the family owned Pestana Group has grown steadily and currently includes in its portfolio of nearly 90 four and five star hotels worldwide with two brands: Pestana Hotels & Resorts and Pousadas de Portugal.
The Pestana Golf Resort will be hosting the European Senior Tour Qualifying School for the 12th time in 2013 and has always proven a popular venue with participating players.
Pestana Golf Resort is one of the best of the 30 top class golf courses dotted along The Algarve – Portugal’s 150 miles of sunny coastline which stretches from Sagres in the west and touches the Spanish border in the east.
One of Europe's favourite golfing destinations, the Algarve is renowned for its many world class golf courses, excellent amenities and warm and dry playing conditions. Generations of golf enthusiasts have made the Algarve their first choice for a golf holiday and this unbeatable combination of stunning coastline, year round sunshine, superb courses and a friendly laid back atmosphere has proved a winner for half a century.
The qualities of Algarve golf which first attracted Sir Henry Cotton in the 1960s continue to attract the world’s greatest professionals today as the 2005 World Cup, the Portugal Masters and numerous tournaments testify.
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