Qualifying School 2021 supported by Sky Sports has arrived as the first stage takes place over two weeks and five venues. Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate were first out the blocks beginning today (September, 29) with Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa underway tomorrow (September, 30) before Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Donnington Grove, and The Players Club get going next week.
Scoring was tough at the Sussex course where 29 spaces are available for the final stage in October.
Connor Worsdall of The Essex Golf & Country Club signed for a six-under 66 to lay down the gauntlet as clubhouse leader with four birdies on the back nine whilst David Hague (Malton & Norton Golf Club) is only one back showing nerve to eagle 17 and birdie 18 to be in contention. Hague had six birdies and one eagle to his name and will be disappointed to not have the outright lead.
Meanwhile, one stroke further back Marriott Forest of Arden golfer David Atkins sits with Ben Firth from the Leeds Golf Centre. The leading amateur comes in at three under with Tournament Golf College’s Ross Macintosh.
Bradley Bawden competed as an amateur last season in The Nokia Masters at Mannings Heath finishing tied second and this time returning at Q School supported by Sky Sports as a professional having competed on the Alps Tour in recent weeks.
As it stands level par will be the cut-off point to make it through the opening stage with one round remaining.
All players will be given hand sanitiser upon arrival at their relative venues. We ask all to bring relevant PPE with them (masks etc). Sanitisation stations will also be available on the first and tenth tees. A self-declaration form is distributed in due course to all players ahead of playing the opening stage. Venues are players only with no caddies/friends/family allowed on site.