How do I enter the tour?
Each year the GolfCatcher PGA EuroPro Tour opens up entries for membership. A player who is seeking to obtain playing rights must join as a member and compete at Qualifying School. For more information on Qualifying School please read our new Members Information Pack.
Players who are fully exempt from Qualifying School (Categories 1, 2, 7, 9, 11) may join the Tour at any time by paying their membership fees at the time of entering their first main tournament.
Exempt Member fee: £250
Non Exempt Member fee: £445 (This includes entry into all stages of Qualifying School)
How do I enter each event?
All tournament entries MUST be completed online only at europro.bluegolf.com. No other entry methods such as telephone or fax will be accepted.
Entries normally close 14 days before the tournament at 15:00hrs GMT time.
A confirmation of entry being received will be emailed out to the email address you have provided to the Tour.
The onus is on the player to check whether the PGA EuroPro Tour has received the entry before the closing date.
How much will it cost me to play on the GolfCatcher PGA EuroPro Tour?
Annual membership of the GolfCatcher PGA EuroPro Tour costs £250 and is subject to an additional £7.50 administration fee. Entry to each event is £295 and is subject to a £1.95 admin charge. Entry to Qualifying School costs £195 and is subject to the same administration charges as a main-season event.
What can I achieve?
The top five golfers on the Final Order of Merit will be awarded cards for the 2020 Challenge Tour season. The winner of each individual event will receive £10,000 from a total prize fund of approximately £50,000. Every golfer who makes the cut at an event will receive prize money.
What will it do for my game?
One of the primary goals of the GolfCatcher PGA EuroPro Tour is to enable players to perform at a high level and prepare them for life as a Tour Professional. Every tournament is broadcast on Sky Sports in a two-hour highlights package, giving golfers the experience of playing in front of the TV cameras. The Tour also gives players experience of life on the road, playing for big money under tournament conditions and playing on some of the best quality courses in the country, each of which provides its own tests of a golfers ability.
Who is my point of contact?
Each event will have its own tournament staff, whose contact details will be listed on the event info page of the EuroPro Tour website (found under the ‘Tournaments’ tab). For queries not relating to a specific event you can contact the GolfCatcher PGA EuroPro Tour Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Godding. His email address is: Daniel.Godding@europrotour.com.
Do I need to be a professional to enter the tour?
No. All professional golfers as well as amateur golfers with a playing handicap of two or better (as recognised by their respective CONGU or Federation Handicapping Scheme) can enter PGA EuroPro Tour Qualifying School.
It is not a breach of the Rules of Amateur Status, as approved by the R&A Rules Ltd, for an amateur golfer to file an entry for, and play in, any stage of PGA EuroPro Tour Qualifying School provided that, in advance of play, and in writing, he waives his right to any prize money in the competition.
Amateurs who enter Qualifying School and retain their Amateur Status during the event will have the option to either keep their respective category and become a Professional or retain their Amateur Status and forfeit their PGA EuroPro Tour Membership (for which there will be no refund). An amateur who relinquishes their Membership category at this time may regain it retrospectively at any time on the PGA EuroPro Tour schedule at no extra cost.
I am an amateur, can I win money?
No. An amateur golfer who fails to waive his right to prize money is in breach of the Rules of Amateur Status, but if he is unsuccessful at the Qualifying School he may apply for reinstatement as an amateur through the R&A.
What is the PGA EuroPro Tour’s purpose?
One of the primary goals of the PGA EuroPro Tour is to enable players to perform at a high level and prepare them for life as a Tour professional. Every tournament is televised in a two-hour highlights package on Sky Sports which gives each player the invaluable experience of playing in front of the cameras. The PGA EuroPro Tour is the only official European Tour satellite tour in the UK. We are the only tour that offers direct access to the Challenge Tour via the final Order of Merit.
Has anyone played on the PGA EuroPro Tour and gone on to win on the main tours?
Yes. Many former PGA EuroPro Tour members have gone on to win events on the European Tour. Louis Oosthuizen was a member in 2002 and 2003 and went on to win the 2010 Open Championship. Ross Fisher (2005 member) Nicolas Colsaerts (2002 and 2008 member), and Tyrrell Hatton (2012 member) have gone on to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup. A list of former players who have won on the European Tour can be seen on our Hall of Fame.
What courses are we playing in 2020 and can I enter as many or as few events as I like?
The 2020 schedule can be found here. You can enter as many or as few events as you like but it is within PGA EuroPro Tour regulations that to appear on the Final Order of Merit you must play in a minimum of five regular events (not including pro-ams).
Every player that enters Qualifying School will become a Member of the Tour for 2020 and will hold a Category. The better you perform at Qualifying School the better your Category. This allows ANY Member to enter ANY tournament during the season regardless of how you perform at Qualifying School. The Qualifying School merely acts as a way of ranking all of the Members which is important when the final field for a tournament is to be decided.
Every Member will fall into one of the Categories (listed below). On the closing date of the tournament all entries will be ranked in Category order and the top 156 (for a max 156 field) will be entered into the tournament. All other entries will be placed on a reserve list, again in Category and ranking order.
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