Qualifying School 2021 supported by Sky Sports got underway yesterday at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate whilst Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa teed off today with tricky weather conditions not helping hopeful golfers at both venues.
Three other Q School venues get underway next week at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Donnington Grove, and The Players Club.
It was former Lee Westwood Trophy winner David Hague who claimed first stage victory at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate with a clinical 68 (-4) final round to give the Malton & Norton Golf Club man a comfortable four stroke victory over his nearest competitor complimenting yesterdays 67 (-5).
The Waterfall course couldn’t have played anymore different to yesterday with Hague not put off as he booked his place for final stage next month: “I found the approach shots tricky to get pin high, the wind swirled and picked up as the round went on.”
Hauge, who clinched his first professional victory before the COVID-19 pandemic was happy to get back out competing and finding some consistency: “It was frustrating as I was on some good form just before lockdown, but since the restart, I’ve managed to play a lot of one-day events on the 2020 Pro Tour which has been great.”
Overnight leader Connor Worsdall (The Essex Golf & Country Club) was safely through after a one over final round. One of the best performances of the day came from Scotsman Chris Maclean (Balmore Golf Club) who signed for a 69 (-3) to move from one over on his first day.
The leading amateurs came in the form of George Goddard (West Hove Golf Club) and Charlie Strickland (Golfing4Life) both safely through on one under.
Weather conditions were not kind as mentioned previously with the magic number to make it final stage finishing at three over with 29 getting through.
John Henry of Clydebank & District Golf Club followed up from his good form on the Tartan Pro Tour in Scotland to be tied for the lead on day one with a 69 (-3) bogey-free round along with amateur Harrison Proos (Ramside Hall and Country Club) and Joe Bannan (The Manchester Golf Club).
28 spots are available on Merseyside with two over currently the pinch point to be in contention for a place at either The Oxfordshire or Studley Wood Golf Club for final stage.
Players are competing to earn the highest possible category on the 2021 PGA EuroPro Tour. All those progressing to Final Stage will earn at least a category 14, with golfers making the Final Stage cut earning a minimum category 10 and the top 30 earning category 3.
All players have been/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.