Since 1976, The European Tour Qualifying School has been held at the end of each season to establish which players, not otherwise exempt, will gain their playing privileges on the Tour for the following season through a qualifying competition which includes Tournaments at Las Colinas and El Valle Golf Resorts. It’s a tough school for one of Golf’s most coveted prizes, namely Membership of The European Tour and a place among the golfing elite.
Along the way, dreams are made and hopes dashed in equal measure. The Qualifying School is held in three stages - dependent on the individual's status - at a series of venues in the UK and Continental Europe.
In the region of 1,000 competitors enter the Qualifying School each year, all aiming for a European Tour card, awarded to the top 25 and ties following the Final Stage.
A player progressing through all three stages will have to play 252 holes under the most intense pressure. The leading 25 players (plus those tied for 25th place) will earn Category 11b Membership of The European Tour for the following season.
The European Tour Qualifying School was first played in 1976, four years after the birth of The European Tour, at Foxhills and Walton Heath in the UK as a means of determining the players who would be eligible for “Monday Qualifying”.
Over the years the School has evolved into its current form and tens of thousands of golfers have faced arguably the toughest examination in Golf.
Many of Europe’s greatest golfers went through the Qualifying School, players who went on to win Major Championships, top Europe and indeed the World and play in Ryder Cups.
The School has travelled throughout Europe and grown from a 72 hole test to a thorough 252 hole examination over three stages. Only one player in history has progressed through all 252 holes to win.
For 2012 the First Qualifying Stage Tournaments took place in Austria, Scotland, England, Germany, France, Italy and Portugal.
For the Second Qualifying Stage which starts on the 7th November 2012, all four Tournaments take place in Spain with the Final Qualifying stage also taking place in Spain at the PGA Catalanya Golf Resort, Girona.
Before then, players wishing to watch the Second Qualifying Stage here in our region of Spain can attend the following events:
El Valle Golf Resort, Murcia. Spain.
7th Nov - 10th Nov 12
(Course unavailable for reservations 5th Nov- 11th Nov inclusive)
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, Alicante. Spain.
7th Nov - 10th Nov 12
(Course unavailable for reservations 3rd Nov- 11th Nov inclusive)